If you want a glass of tea or a steaming styrofoam container of ramen, you might throw a cup of water in the microwave. And if you do, according to a fascinating report from BuzzFeed Australia, you're a caveman.
Hot water comes strictly from an electric kettle, according to Australian Twitter. You are a monster if you think otherwise. Even worse if you just don't own a kettle.
Full disclosure: we put roller coasters in malls, we steal soda refills, we argue incessantly about healthcare, and we heat up water in the microwave. But in our nation's proud defense: it's extremely simple—it takes approximately one second to sufficiently heat up, and the convenience is unimaginable. Australia, if you're listening, try this technique and then try making an egg in the microwave. It's also great.
But in the interest of healing our two countries' already-fractured relationship, there's a good reason for our two different perspectives.
According to a 2015 report from Business Insider, most American homes don't have the voltage to heat up an electric kettle quickly. American voltage is around 100 volts, where many other countries operate between 220 and 240 volts. This makes the electric kettle a hassle for Americans compared to the freaking microwave, so get off our backs and send Robert Irwin to The Tonight Show again.