10 year old : Muuuum, I’m bored!
Me : Well, you have twenty minutes before we leave so you’ll have to find a way to amuse yourself
10 year old : OK, I’m going to do an experiment
I wander out of the kitchen leaving him alone, proud that he’s using his initiative. Seconds later I come to my senses and realise that he may follow in his Grandpa’s steps where it comes to experimentation, and could possibly maim himself. I return to find him with his nose pressed against the microwave door, peering at something rotating within.
Me : Sheesh, what are you doing?
10 year old : My experiment. I’m seeing what happens if you microwave a custard cream.
Me : Erm … OK, but while we’re on the subject what must you NEVER put in a microwave?
A look of both panic and utter glee passes across his face.
10 year old : A CUSTARD CREAM?
Me : nope, anything made of or containing metal.
Just for the record he’s discovered that absolutely nothing happens, of any great interest, if you microwave a custard cream. He has big plans for an egg and/or a melon, at 800w for 5 minutes, though.