Microwaves. They’re our best buddies when we need popcorn for movie night and when we feel too lazy to cook a nutritious meal (that greasy lasagna from our local gas station has really stolen our hearts). But for some people, microwaves are riddles wrapped in mysteries inside enigmas.

When you use your microwave properly, everything’s dandy. But if you mess up… well, the consequences can be catastrophic. Not to mention hilarious! Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest microwave fails by not-so-smart people to get your week off to a great start. So scroll down, upvote your fave stories, and remember—don’t put random crap in your microwave.

Knowledge is power. So we've also prepared a small list of tips about some of the less-obvious things that you shouldn’t put in your futuristic food-heating box.

#1

My Mom Microwaved Some Birdseed To Disinfect It Before Putting It In A Beanbag And Accidentally Made Tiny Popcorn

My Mom Microwaved Some Birdseed To Disinfect It Before Putting It In A Beanbag And Accidentally Made Tiny Popcorn

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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2 months ago

That's not a fail, thats... FRICKIN ADORABLE!!!!

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Yesterday This Guy Put Ghost Pepper Popcorn In Our Industrial Microwave At Work For Over 5 Minutes. The Office Was Filled With Black Smoke Burning People's Eyes

Yesterday This Guy Put Ghost Pepper Popcorn In Our Industrial Microwave At Work For Over 5 Minutes. The Office Was Filled With Black Smoke Burning People's Eyes

No-one could breathe. He basically maced the building. We were moved to the other end so we could keep working

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RitaGG
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2 months ago

How about throw away the microwave?

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#3

My Friend Opened Their Microwave And Couldn't Figure Out What This Was. It Was A Forgotten Slice Of Pizza

My Friend Opened Their Microwave And Couldn't Figure Out What This Was. It Was A Forgotten Slice Of Pizza

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

It's his new floofy pet!

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To start things off, you probably already knew this one, but you shouldn’t put aluminum foil inside a microwave because it burns and ignites. In fact, don’t heat up any kind of metal.

The same goes for paper bags which may release fumes and toxins and might catch on fire. (Note how most things that shouldn’t be in microwaves burst into flames). Keep in mind that popcorn bags have susceptors in them, so it’s safe to use them. Yay, movie nights aren’t canceled!

#4

He Forgot To Put Water In His Cup O Noodles

He Forgot To Put Water In His Cup O Noodles

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Aw bless him, he looks gutted

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#5

I Have No Idea How This Happened. Cup Took Considerable Force To Get Back Down

I Have No Idea How This Happened. Cup Took Considerable Force To Get Back Down

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

How??

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#6

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

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tilly kate
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2 months ago

i always mentally prepare myself for the toast to pop, but i still jump every time

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You should also never microwave plastic bags or styrofoam containers. You know, the ones that you get your take-away and leftover food in. They release harmful chemicals and you really don’t want to deal with the mess they leave behind.

Nor should you put wet clothes inside to ‘dry’ them out. It won’t work. Be smart—use a dryer. If you don’t have one, you’ll just have to hang up your clothes and wait for them to dry the old fashioned way.

#7

When I Was 3-Years-Old I Decided To Put My Dad's Brand New Cellphone In The Microwave

When I Was 3-Years-Old I Decided To Put My Dad's Brand New Cellphone In The Microwave

He didn’t understand what I meant by “phone hot, daddy! Phone hot! ” until he walked into the kitchen and saw it full of smoke. 17 years later, he still has it and refuses to let me live it down

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Adam C
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2 months ago

A Nokia most likely would survived AND blow the microwave.

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#8

I Installed My Own Microwave Today And Saved $150 In Install Fees

I Installed My Own Microwave Today And Saved $150 In Install Fees

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Markus Siegemund
Community Member
2 months ago

what is it with you americans having the controls of your ovens on the back and not on the front?

Lyra Rey
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm American and I've had both. I think having the controls in the back is probably safer if you have little kids. Also you're less likely to bump them and accidentally turn on the stove.

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RitaGG
Community Member
2 months ago

Windex will buff that right out.

Johnny
Community Member
2 months ago

Depending on the model it might cost less that $150 to replace that top. I bought a replacement for mine after what is known as the "cast iron pan incident".

Narwhal Blast
Community Member
2 months ago

But won't it get hot if you're using the stove?

Valentina Lattante
Community Member
2 months ago

they won't be using that stove anytime soon

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are the buttons for the hotplates behind the hotplates in the US? This irks me for years. You have to put your arm over the rapidly boiling whatever to turn it off...

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
2 months ago

Then what's the point of having burners in the back? There's never been a time you've used all 4 at the same time, reaching your arm around to get to the back?

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John Laughlin
Community Member
2 months ago

Markus, the controls are on the back for safety reasons unless you have a gas stove. Then they're on the front so you don't have to reach over the flames to turn the burner off.

Karin Jansen
Community Member
2 months ago

Soooo... If the microwave is hung above the stove... Where do the fumes go when you're cooking? No extractor? Doesn't the microwave get all hot and steamy?

juice
Community Member
2 months ago

there's usually an extractor fan thing behind the microwave

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

The world has a way of striking its balance. You probably netted to zero with the stove repair.

ML
Community Member
2 months ago

I doubt it. The glass and replacement will cost more. Unless he replaces it himself like he installed the microwave oven

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Sasha Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Save money fixing the microwave... spend even more fixing your stove 😳

MissPanda3
Community Member
2 months ago

took me a second or two

Isabella Vega
Community Member
2 months ago

and now to pay 1000+ for a new stove

Marci Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Controls on the back are a safety precaution for young children who can't turn on the stove/cooker. Now, doesn't this make a lot of sense????

Paige Garberding
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonder how much it cost to replace the bashed in cook top.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Another, 'I can't believe I did that' moment.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

I am American and have never had controls in the back of any stove.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

May as well just buy a new stove/slash oven. MIne shattered too, and it was cheaper to get a new one than to replace the glass top....

PotterAvatarDoctorWho
Community Member
1 month ago

yeesh

Lila Corde
Community Member
2 months ago

I've had controls at the back for years and never once burned, scalded, and bumped a hot pan. Ever. Not a big issue if you pay attention when cooking.

Clavelle
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh no!

Steve
Community Member
2 months ago

How can none of you see the smashed stove top?

Timmy
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoever came up with using glass as a stove top should never be able to design anything again. Stupidest idea ever and it’s now really hard to find a stove that doesn’t have a glass top.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Mimi777
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2 months ago

I don’t get it please explain lol

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
2 months ago

Saved money doing it themselves but broke the hob so lost money.

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Good saving though

Cordi Schmidt
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Is it just an American thing or does any other country have their microwave ovens above their stove? Never understood the logic behind that. I would be paranoid all the time that it would fall down and destroy everything in its way...

Just another bot
Community Member
2 months ago

How much steam can an electric appliance cope with before it goes on fire? How many cups and bowls are going to be spilled and / or dropped coming out of that high mount? (With resulting scalding)...I have more questions

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

Over-the-range microwaves have been around for decades. They are designed for that environment. I have personally been using one for 15 years. As of now I think i've only dropped one thing, and that had more to do with me than where the microwave was mounted.

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#9

This Is What Happens When You Microwave Mcdonalds Fries For 30 Minutes (Instead Of 30 Seconds)

This Is What Happens When You Microwave Mcdonalds Fries For 30 Minutes (Instead Of 30 Seconds)

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MrTree1779
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2 months ago

Bury them in the desert so that an archaeologist can have fun figuring them out in 2000 years.

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Yes, yes, we know—microwaves are for food. But some food items have no place inside the machine. For example, if you were to put, oh we don’t know, say a hard-boiled egg inside, it’s likely to explode. And not in a pleasant “oh look, Ma, I accidentally made delicious scrambled eggs without even trying” kind of way.

The same warning goes for hot peppers. You might like spicy food, but be sure to add those peppers after you take your meal out of the microwave. If they’re inside, they’ll heat up and will release something similar to a gust of pepper-spray when you open up the door. Great for warding off intruders if you’re starring in ‘Home Alone.’ Bad for lunch at the office.

#10

Wife: “Are You Sure That Jalapeño Dip Container Is Microwaveable?” Me, An Intellectual: “Of Course It Is.” Jalapeño Dip Container:

Wife: “Are You Sure That Jalapeño Dip Container Is Microwaveable?” Me, An Intellectual: “Of Course It Is.” Jalapeño Dip Container:

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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2 months ago

Yay a pancake

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#11

My Daughter Took It Upon Herself To Microwave Some Syrup For Her Waffles... For 5 Minutes

My Daughter Took It Upon Herself To Microwave Some Syrup For Her Waffles... For 5 Minutes

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MrTree1779
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2 months ago

Nice cup of....carbon.

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#12

So Heard It Was Fine Putting Your Phone In The Microwave To Charge It. My Charger Broke Yesterday, My Battery Was Pretty Low So Thought I'd Give It A Go... This Happened

So Heard It Was Fine Putting Your Phone In The Microwave To Charge It. My Charger Broke Yesterday, My Battery Was Pretty Low So Thought I'd Give It A Go... This Happened

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abby smink
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2 months ago

If ya dumb enough to believe that, ya deserve it.

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So, dear Pandas, which microwave fail was your fave one? Did you learn anything new about what not to heat up in microwaves? Do you have any microwave fails of your own to share with us? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

#13

Goodbye Everyone. It's Been Good Knowing You

Goodbye Everyone. It's Been Good Knowing You

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

That thing under the microwave. Its called a Stove.. you're not going to starve, you are going to learn how to cook.. That is what Youtube is for these days..

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#14

This Is What Happens When You Tell Your Kid To Make His Own Snack. So He Microwaves An Egg For 11 Minutes

This Is What Happens When You Tell Your Kid To Make His Own Snack. So He Microwaves An Egg For 11 Minutes

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MissPanda3
Community Member
2 months ago

This happened when I told my younger brother to make snack for himself... SPOILER: he burnt the chip bag, he wanted warm chips

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#15

What Happens If You Microwave A Spoon

What Happens If You Microwave A Spoon

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Citizen Josie
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2 months ago

He almost created a black hole

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#16

$5000 Canadian After Someone Using The Microwave To Disinfect It

$5000 Canadian After Someone Using The Microwave To Disinfect It

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Money laundering to a whole new level!

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#17

Left My Fork In The Microwave Today

Left My Fork In The Microwave Today

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MrTree1779
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2 months ago

"Golfing dinosaur looks to her left"

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#18

Just Going To Heat Up Some Coffee In The Microwave. Tried To Grab It. Tried To Pour It. What The. Well Damn

Just Going To Heat Up Some Coffee In The Microwave. Tried To Grab It. Tried To Pour It. What The. Well Damn

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

If only you could go back in time and not do it. The final irony is the mug.

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#19

My Friend's Husband Thought He Could Microwave His Shirt To Dry It Faster

My Friend's Husband Thought He Could Microwave His Shirt To Dry It Faster

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

It could be kind of a cool look.

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#20

A Friend's Client Paid Him In Cash. He Put The Cash In The Microwave To Kill Traces Of Coronavirus

A Friend's Client Paid Him In Cash. He Put The Cash In The Microwave To Kill Traces Of Coronavirus

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Why are so many people doing this? Are they trying to reach herd immunity to stupid?

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#21

A Guest Put It In The Hotel Microwave To Give It "A Quick Charge." Fire Alarm Followed

A Guest Put It In The Hotel Microwave To Give It "A Quick Charge." Fire Alarm Followed

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Darko Pešić
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2 months ago

I... I just... People are dumb really....

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#22

Hope, This Helped

Hope, This Helped

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Lacking support for that idea

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#23

Brownie Out Of A Cup - Level: Hiroshima

Brownie Out Of A Cup - Level: Hiroshima

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Your cup runneth over.

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#24

If You Were Wondering What Happens When You Put Foil In The Microwave

If You Were Wondering What Happens When You Put Foil In The Microwave

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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2 months ago

A... giant... upside down... candle??

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#25

I Tried To Microwave A Sandwich And There Is A Big Difference Between 4 And 5 Minutes

I Tried To Microwave A Sandwich And There Is A Big Difference Between 4 And 5 Minutes

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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2 months ago

vanished! it entered in another dimension...

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#26

Life Pro Tip: Even If Your Boiled Egg Is A Bit Underdone, Don't Put It In The Microwave

Life Pro Tip: Even If Your Boiled Egg Is A Bit Underdone, Don't Put It In The Microwave

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Looks like quite an eggsplosion there

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#27

My Friend's Kids Decided To Microwave Crayola Markers

My Friend's Kids Decided To Microwave Crayola Markers

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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2 months ago

Excuse me sir, I think your pet unicorn barfed in there

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#28

So, Apparently You Shouldn't Microwave Spaghetti Squash

So, Apparently You Shouldn't Microwave Spaghetti Squash

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The pod exploded!

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#29

Someone Brought These Bills To The Bank They Tried To Sanitize In A Microwave

Someone Brought These Bills To The Bank They Tried To Sanitize In A Microwave

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Citizen Josie
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2 months ago

Why people think microwaves sanitize things?

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#30

My Mom Set The Microwave For 75 Mins And Not 75 Secs

My Mom Set The Microwave For 75 Mins And Not 75 Secs

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MissPanda3
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2 months ago

didn't you smell the burning?

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#31

Tomato Soup Disaster

Tomato Soup Disaster

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Johnny
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2 months ago

That looks like a portal to hell

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#32

My Little Sister Accidentally Microwaved A Bagel For Ten Minutes

My Little Sister Accidentally Microwaved A Bagel For Ten Minutes

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Pixie
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2 months ago

How to burn 100 kalories fast

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#33

Last Night’s Dinner Started Out With A Bang, But I Cleaned It Up Bought Another Squash And Tried Again

Last Night’s Dinner Started Out With A Bang, But I Cleaned It Up Bought Another Squash And Tried Again

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

You have perserverance, I'll give you that.

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#34

Attempted One Of Those Microwave Mug Cakes. Looks, Uh, Less Than Appetizing

Attempted One Of Those Microwave Mug Cakes. Looks, Uh, Less Than Appetizing

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Butthole cake

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#35

Forgot To Add Water To My Microwave Mac N Cheese

Forgot To Add Water To My Microwave Mac N Cheese

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ML
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2 months ago

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make licorice.

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#36

Why Would You Even Want To Heat Cheetos?

Why Would You Even Want To Heat Cheetos?

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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2 months ago

Some people just want to see the Cheetos burn.

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#37

Cooking Everyone Breakfast When The Glass From The Microwave Door Unexpectedly Fell Out

Cooking Everyone Breakfast When The Glass From The Microwave Door Unexpectedly Fell Out

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Well, IHOP it is.

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#38

My High Brain Learned That Bowls Get Hot In The Microwave

My High Brain Learned That Bowls Get Hot In The Microwave

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Do you remember when microwaves came out they were like 'yeah, even the dish doesn't get warm, only the food'? What happened?

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#39

Another Case Of Someone Microwaving Money To "Sanitize It"

Another Case Of Someone Microwaving Money To "Sanitize It"

I work at a bank. We are still open through the drive up. Someone literally microwaved their money to "Sanitize it" and sent it to us to deposit into their account....I can't. They said "I'm sure some of it isn't usable but whatever you can deposit into my account, please do."

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 months ago

If the money is still more than half viable, then the bank should be able to take it. After they make the deposit, it is then sent to the government to be destroyed since they can't use them again. For destroyed coin, they write them off and throw them away unless it's a large amount. Those they can refuse. This is what was done years ago when I was a teller

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#40

So I Guess It's Not Microwave Safe. Veggies Were Still Good Though

So I Guess It's Not Microwave Safe. Veggies Were Still Good Though

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Lululoohoo
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2 months ago

No no the veggies were not still good! You just ate so much leached chemicals

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