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Microwaved iPad 3G becomes strangely appetizing

Because it's new and because someone always delights in doing these things, the iPad 3G has already been zapped and immortalized in a microwave.

When people like this do things like this they register their occupation, on registering their new gizmo, as "other."

What could be more accurate. Each time someone takes a new Apple product and, you know, smashes it, destroys it, or mutilates it, one cannot help but admire the ingenuity that has gone in to such a pursuit. Ingenuity that could have otherwise been put to use in, oh, perhaps an episode of "Mythbusters."

Still, this is modern art. If anything is.

You see, the creators of this video, in which they microwave the new iPad 3G, don't merely toss it in the microwave as if this were the recalcitrant chef at your local Armenian bistro. No, they boot it up. They find a widescreen version of an iPhone 3GS being microwaved and ensure it is fully displayed on the iPad's glorious screen. Only then do they place it carefully into the microwave.

This is no three-minute cooking operation. The iPad is zapped for a glorious 18 minutes, so that it enjoys the full benefit of a summer in Austin, Texas. Smoke begins to hiss from its sides. But it takes quite some time for crackling to occur and flames to erupt.

Once the flames are doused, the sight is as sad as the state of contemporary spelling. Black and cracked, it resembles what is left of an old frat house TV after a particularly amusing initiation night.

Though the video feels somewhat longer than several funerals I've attended, there is a surprise near the end.

When hands begin to pull apart the device there is a yellow sticky substance, not unlike English fudge, that makes the whole concoction suddenly look strangely appetizing. Truly, I can see a demented disciple of the great Fernan Adria attempt to re-create this feat using all the tools of molecular gastronomy.

I have no evidence that these people have any connection to Google or Adobe, but there can be no question that, one day, little blue people will look at us and marvel at how clever we truly were.