Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Microwave Popcorn & R.T. Rybak

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

— Some of the Good Questions you send in deal with big issues. Others, we answer on Friday nights. So, WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha hits Reply All to a good question about science and another about government.

What happens if you cook microwave popcorn with the other side down? Dave Olafson of Marshall

Inside the bag, there’s a reflector. When it’s on the bottom, the microwaves hit it, bounce and heat up the oil in the bag more evenly, which makes more corn pop. That’s why we should follow the directions.

What does the R.T. in R.T. Rybak stand for?
Terry Warren of Crystal

His full name is Raymond Thomas Rybak, which was his dad’s name.

Check out the video above!

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  • John

    So the susceptor layer in a microwave popcorn bag reflects microwave energy instead of converting it to heat now? Interesting how things always work differently in DeRusha’s world…

    • Pieter

      Hey John, thanks for reading up on microwaves before you comment and sound stupid. “Microwaves” eject electromagnetic energy (light) in the microwave spectrum. These waves excite the water molecules in the food, thus heating the food.

      I think you are thinking of an oven. It’s always interesting how things work in stupid peoples’ minds.

  • David J. Conklin

    >Interesting how things always work differently in DeRusha’s world…

    It is also why you don’t put metal objects in the microwave. Nothing is “converted” into heat–the microwaves heat water molecules.

  • Scott

    I would say he was close…

  • Caroline M. Martin

    I have a question/concern. I received a letter from Minnesota Revenue telling me I owe over $1000 in taxes and if I do not pay by March 20th they intend to levy my wages. I called the number and left the information they requested (including social security number – which I didn’t feel very comfortable doing) and they called me back the next day saying the letter was sent out prematurely and it was a mistake. My taxes are not due until April 15th. I think it might be a scam, and I’m afraid now that they have my information. Or, perhaps the State is trying to scare up some free money? The letter came after I e-filed my taxes but don’t intend to send the money in until next month. The amount they were asking me for was about $45 more than what I actually owe. The woman at the State acted like I was the only one who has called, and she said hopefully there weren’t any other letters sent out prematurely. It all seems very fish. Can you help? Can anyone help clear this up? Is the State so broke they’re trying to scare up extra money?

    • K.

      The rule of thumb here is to always question everything before giving out any information. Better to be safe than sorry.

  • Marie Fletcher

    I have a question, Why is the trail for the iditrod different in odd and even years?
    Also why the mileage was different in the beginng and now?

  • Joel Nielsen

    Why is “Taps” played at funerals with only one instrument?

  • Joel Nielsen

    Why isn’t the entire Nation Anthem sung at the beginning of a sporting event? There are four verses.

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