The Phoenix

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Easy Bake Hyundai

I don't know where you live, but here in the Midwest, it's f@#!ing hot. We've had 13 straight days of 95 degree temperatures, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight. At the height of this current heatwave, I thought about all of those goofy urban legends about the heat.

I've heard that taking a cool or cold shower after mowing the lawn or exercising in the heat is actually a BAD thing. They say that doing so will only make you sweat more after your shower. So I decided to put it to a conclusion: taking a cool or cold shower feels fantastic after being in the heat all day. As long as you've got air conditioning, you will not sweat more after a cold shower.

I remember frying an egg on the sidewalk when I was a kid, so that urban legend proved to be true.

How about baking cookies in your car? I know that if it's 85 degrees Fahrenheit outside, that the interior of your car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. During our heatwave, temperatures would reach near 100 by afternoon, so the interior of....let's say a Hyundai...could reach 200 degrees!

Perfect for baking chocolate chip goodness, I say.

Fellow blogger, Siren, decided to conduct her own experiment. She made sure to park her car out in the open, facing the sun. Siren then placed square blocks of cookie dough on an ordinary baking sheet. She strategically put the baking sheet on the dashboard of her Hyundai. Here is what they looked like at 10 AM :

Mmmmm...don't they look yummy?

Six hours later, this is the result:

Voila! The Easy Bake Hyundai works!

Now, I cannot attest to these cookies tastic as yummy as they look. Siren would not eat one, and she wouldn't allow me to take a huge bite out of a delicious Hyundai baked cookie. Something about the temperature not getting hot enough to destroy any bacteria...blah blah blah. I thought about shoving one in my mouth when she wasn't looking, but then I decided against it.

I will say this, the cookies didn't quite look right. They were baked, that's for sure. I do consider myself a coinnoseaur of cookies, and in my expert opinion, these cookies appeared to be very strange.

On the underside, the cookies had a "belly button." There's no other way to explain it. It was as if someone had poked a finger right in the middle of each cookie as it was baking. If there's anyone out there that's an expert in heat convection, please explain this to me.

The outside of the cookie was quite hard, like stone. Not very appealing at all.

Allthough we proved our hypothesis correct: that indeed, you can bake cookies on the dashboard of a Hyundai when it's freaking hot, the cookies were inedible.

On the other hand, Siren's car smelled incredible for two weeks, and she now had projectiles she could zing at other motorists while fighting traffic.

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Blogger The Phoenix said...

Please click the graphic link on my sidebar and vote for me on Podcast Alley. Paaaaaaaalease?

I'm losing to those damn naked Scientists. And guess what - they're not naked at all.

You know you love my podcast. Where else are you going to hear a blogger sing the "Love Boat" theme and talk about canine testicles all in the same show?

8/17/2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger Fated said...

That is fantastic! Honestly that really says something for those people who leave their pets and children in the car. Even for just 10 minutes. Maybe the children can hold the cookie sheets.

8/17/2007 5:15 PM  
Blogger The Egg said...

Hmmm I'd like to try this one day. I remember when I was a crazy kid, I thought I could fry an egg in the Texas heat. Not sure if it was a success.

8/17/2007 7:38 PM  
Blogger DLAK said...

I'll vote for you but you will owe me a mention on your pod cast. I have been baked many times in my car.

8/18/2007 12:11 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Ew. I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven but I never got one. As an adult I thought about the whole bacteria issue when I finally found out that everything was cooked by a lightbulb. I'd think that it would be still be safer cooked by a Hyundai... but I still wouldn't try those cookies either.

(I'll go vote now.)

8/18/2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I would've eaten the Hyundai cookies anyway.

8/18/2007 1:59 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

I'm with phlegmmy. I'd have ate them anyway. It has been the wettest summer on record here. It feels more like freakin' Seattle than West Texas.

8/18/2007 2:42 PM  
Anonymous delmer said...

On a hot day, I know, you can use a closed up Buick to heat a Stay Alive game to the point that it warps enough to be unplayable.

8/18/2007 6:57 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Now why do I never think of clever things like that to do!

I just stay in the AC as much as possible.

8/18/2007 7:15 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shife said...

A new cookie smell would be nice. I think Mythbusters did an episode on something like this but I don't think they baked cookies. Anyway thanks for sharing the cool science project.

8/18/2007 10:50 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Sweet...Lethal cookies.

8/19/2007 6:07 AM  
Blogger goddess said...

A news team here in phoenix did it, but it didn't take as long and they were edible. It's a lot hotter down here. I bet they were weird because it took so long to bake them. I would have eaten them if dared.

8/19/2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger mad said...


8/19/2007 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Summer in St. Louis hot? Noooooooooooooo, really? Next thing you'll tell me is that water is wet.

8/20/2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

In Aussie Summer, u can fry an egg on the road...just like that!


8/20/2007 12:37 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I think the cookies' navels are signs of an alien connection.

OK, I'll try to vote now ...

-- david

8/20/2007 5:31 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I voted for you.

Where's the thermometer and the graph with the half hour readings?

Cooking things at a lower temp for longer periods of time dries them out more. OK to eat, just very crunchy.

8/20/2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous mojotek said...

I have to say, seeing the pictures made me a believer. Otherwise I may have just chocked it up to some UFO hooey.

But I would have taken a bite of one... you know for scientific integrity and all. Bacteria schmackteria.

8/20/2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger KC said...

What an awesome way to deodorize a car! Way better than hanging one of those ugly green christmas tree's from the rearview mirror.

I'm off to vote for you.

8/20/2007 10:19 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Thanks for voting for me on thanks for making my day.

I am SO having the Monday blues.

8/20/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger Rocketstar said...

That is awesome!!

8/21/2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger BrianAlt said...

She could have let you taken a little taste, probably wouldn't have killed you.


And in the interest in science it would have been interesting to know what they tasted like.

8/22/2007 10:07 AM  
Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

I'm assuming the 'belly buttons' came from the area of the heat, as in, and bare with my simpicity, the area of the inside of the vehicle was too large, the period in which the were cooking was so long and the direct contact with sun light as oppose to heat alone would have cause the surface to harden and the inners to rise, causing your 'belly button'.

Just a theory.

8/22/2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Belly buttons?? :-)

Way to go, Siren!! It's great that she put the theory to the test. The cookies DO look goooood!

8/27/2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

This is FASCINATING, Phoen! Everything from the shower experiment to the egg on the sidewalk (totally didn't realize you could do that) to the cookies in the car. Like, wow!

I bet her car does smell amazing.... So much better than those awful smelling car air fresheners! there might be a good business idea there!

8/28/2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Soylent Green cookies :o)

8/29/2007 7:43 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I love this experiment!

8/30/2007 12:04 PM  

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