Folklore cats and microwaves

hjmartin (hatch@RICHMOND.INFI.NET)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 09:58:25 -0500

>Poodles, or cats, exploding in microwaves appears to be a variation on an
>older "cat in the clothes drier" story.


>instead. The cat in clothes drier, or in the washing machine, apparently
>involves a woman, also involved in cleaning and drying a cat. It's very
>interesting to see the movement from technologically incompetent female
>to technologically incompetent juvenile, as the technology changes.
>-Judy Pine
>Grad student, lurker, etc.

Why technologically incompetent? Why not a creative, but maladaptive,
misuse of an unfamiliar technology? (Like drinking and driving?) Do washing
machines, microwave ovens and clothes dryers come with instructions about
NOT putting live animals in? Probably not. Why would avoiding this practice
be 'obvious' to a person inexperienced with the machine?