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Microwave Accidents That Should Never Have Happened In The First Place


Since the first home model of the microwave was introduced to the public in the 1960s, it has made life a lot easier. Consumer interest quickly grew, and within just five years of its introduction, there were a million microwaves sold. The versatile kitchen appliance offers countless uses. Although most people use it to reheat food, it can also be used for cooking, proofing yeast, roasting garlic, and of course, making popcorn for movie nights. Walk into any modern kitchen today, and you will see a microwave on the counter.  It has practically stolen the hearts of homeowners. Microwaves are a breeze to operate, so it’s mind-boggling just how some people screw up when using them. The results are often confusing, disastrous, and almost always hilarious. If you need further proof of this, you have come to the right place. We have compiled a list of the funniest microwave fails to inject some humor into your day.

Putting fries in the microwave and heating it for 30 minutes

Although it has been widely reported that McDonald’s fries do not rot even after 6 years, you will see a distinct change when you put them in the microwave for 30 minutes. This was something discovered by accident by a microwave user who seemed unable to distinguish minutes from seconds.

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Microwave ovens have timers, and they are there for a purpose so use them! If you want your fries still presentable and, more importantly, edible after a spin in the microwave oven, keep in mind that there is a big difference between seconds and minutes.

Reheating coffee in the microwave using a mug that is not microwaveable

A cup of coffee is heaven-sent, especially in the morning. We all need that jolt of caffeine in our system to awaken us and get us ready to face the day. Most people would make a brand new cup of joe, but if you have some coffee left over, there is no harm in reheating it, right?

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Well, if you are using a mug that is not made for microwave ovens, reheating will result in a disaster. Just take a look at what happened to this fellow when he tried to grab the mug from the oven. Need we say more?

Disinfecting money in the microwave

2020 has been a year of struggles due to the effects of the pandemic. Everyone has been advised to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and wear masks whenever they go outside. Frankly, everyone has become a little paranoid.

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There were some fake- news reports that you could catch the virus from cash, so people tried thinking of creative ways of sanitizing their money. Some went as far as putting their money in the microwave so heat could kill the virus, and as you can see above, their money went up in smoke.

Making or at least trying to make microwave mug brownies

Microwave mug brownies are great, fun snacks that can fill your empty stomach and satisfy your cravings for something sweet. Plus, they are easy to prepare, so they are staples in college dorms. Just follow the instructions on the label, and voila, you’re done!

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Well, it seems there is contention on how easy they are to prepare. As proven by the picture above, there are still people who find it challenging to make brownies in a cup. Instead of an appetizing brownie, what they end up with is a hot mess.

The case of the exploding tomato soup

The easiest way to reheat cold tomato soup is by putting it in the microwave, but many people still fail at this simple task, even moms. How can something as easy as reheating soup end up in an explosive disaster like the one below?

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To avoid getting exploding soup, remember always to put food in the microwave center so that heat is evenly distributed and always put the soup in a larger dish and cover it loosely. Additionally, you should only heat for 20 seconds at a time.

Forgetting food in the microwave

Everyone has been busy adjusting and adapting to the drastic changes brought about by Covid-19 that it isn’t uncommon for people to be forgetful at times. But, have you ever totally forgotten that you had food in your microwave? You are not alone. 

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When these people opened their microwave oven, the thing they found inside looked like it came from the depths of hell or outer space, but it’s a forgotten slice of pizza covered in inexplicable amounts of mold. If you’re wondering how long it’s been there, we’re wondering the same thing.

Making yourself a cup of the noodles with the microwave oven

A quick and easy way to satisfy your hunger is to make a cup of instant noodles. Just open the cup, pour some water, and pop it in the microwave. Pretty foolproof, right? That’s not what happens when you forget one crucial ingredient, water.

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This little boy looked gutted when he excitedly opened the microwave oven to find that his noodles were burned to a crisp. He’s a kid, so we’ll cut him some slack, but you should always remember to fill the cup with water up to the line indicated, or better yet, you can boil water in a kettle, pour it in the cup and wait for a few minutes.

Charging your phone in the microwave

First, we need to issue a warning with this one- do not attempt this at home! We are unsure who first came up with the idea of “charging” your phone in the microwave, or if he was serious or just pranking folks. As incredible as the theory may sound, some people still put it to the test, only to suffer the dire consequences.

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If your phone is a little low on battery, take our advice and save yourself a lot of trouble and thousands of dollars. Skip the microwave and use the phone charger. Not unless you want your phone to explode and possibly start a fire in your home.

Getting that jalapeño dip ready 

Before popping any food into the microwave, it is important to ensure that the container is made for such use. Everyone knows that certain types of materials, such as plastic, cannot withstand high heat. If you want to know what happens when you put plastic in the microwave, look at the photo below.

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It is not advisable to use plastic containers when heating food in the microwave as some potentially harmful chemicals may leach into your food. As you can see in the photo, the plastic has completely melted into the food. The only thing to do in this case is to throw everything away.

Letting kids use the microwave

With work from home arrangements taking effect since the pandemic effectively shut down cities, parents have been tasked with juggling their children and their jobs in the confines of the home. It is something easier said than done, especially when kids ask for a snack.

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When you tell kids to make their own snacks, you better be specific. They might just put an egg in the microwave, and we all know what that leads to, the sound of an explosion in the kitchen and a messy microwave.

Putting metal in the microwave

Ever find yourself wanting ice cream so much that you can’t wait for it to soften? We’ve all had difficulty scooping ice cream that just came right out of the freezer, and we’ve been told one of the best remedies for this is to use a heated spoon.

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No matter how much you crave ice cream, you should never heat a spoon in the microwave. Putting metal in the microwave will sometimes result in a spark, or worse, cause a fire in your kitchen. Metal also contains a lot of electrons, which can heat up quickly and damage your appliance.

Another case of people using the microwave to disinfect things

Covid-19 is scary, we have all seen the statistics and heard of hospitals unable to cope with skyrocketing cases. We should all take precautions and avoid going out unless necessary. However, we can’t be too paranoid to the point that we attempt to sanitize money in the microwave oven.

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As if one wasn’t enough, here is another example of why you should not use the microwave to disinfect money. This molten mess was once $5000 Canadian, but now it looks like a heap of worthless nothing. If you really must sanitize money, please try another method.

Drying shirts in the microwave

If you need a piece of clothing ready at a specific time, you better run it through the laundry and dryer early.  Drying clothing can take some time, and people have been suggesting creative ways to make it faster, but you can’t trust all of them.

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One suggestion is to put a shirt in the microwave to dry it faster, and as you can see, it won’t give you the results you’re hoping for. Don’t do it, unless you want to go somewhere with a shirt that is full of holes and burns.

Yet another example of drying clothing in the microwave

Never put any piece of clothing in the microwave to dry, regardless of how urgently you need it. Unless you are ready to be upset and spend money, just go the old school route and use the washing machine and dryer.

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This is what happened to somebody’s housemate. In went a bra in the microwave, and what came out was surely something that she can’t wear anymore. Suffice it to say that things immediately went tits up for her.

Be conscious of how long you put food in the microwave

Reheating food in the microwave often comes with instructions, and if you want your food edible, you should follow instructions to the letter. The last thing you want when you’re hungry is for your lunch to go up in flames.

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If you put your sandwich in the microwave for 5 minutes instead of 4, you shouldn’t expect much. Look at the result; it’s barely recognizable as it vanished into oblivion. It’s as if Thanos snapped his fingers, and it disintegrated.

Mac N Cheese Disaster

One bowl Mac N Cheese is a lifesaver, especially for hungry students and working folks who don’t have enough time on their hands to prepare a decent meal. All you need to do is mix the macaroni, water, and salt in a microwavable mug and heat it. What you get is a meal in a few minutes.

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However, this doesn’t always go as planned, as you can see from the picture above. Not only did this guy forget to add water, but he also didn’t even bother to transfer the macaroni in a mug—the result, an inedible, dark substance that belongs in the trash.

Popcorn for birds

We haven’t heard of disinfecting bird seeds, but apparently, it’s a thing nowadays. Nothing wrong with making sure that you are feeding birds with seeds that don’t contain weevils. However, putting the birdseed in the microwave is not a very good idea.

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When you put birdseed in the microwave, what you get is adorable tiny popcorn. All you need now is some cheese and a tiny screen so your birds can enjoy a relaxing time at the movies. They deserve a break too.

Burning your hand in the microwave

If you think you’re safe once you know how to reheat tomato soup in the microwave properly, you’re in for a shock. There are always other things in the kitchen that can easily cause you to burn yourself, and this lady had her toaster to blame.

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She got so scared when the toaster popped that she ended up burning her hand while taking the tomato soup out of the microwave. To add insult to injury, the tomato soup was wasted too. Talk about having a bad day- and no lunch either.

Putting dad’s mobile phone in the microwave

Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet at home is a joy but it can also be a nightmare. Children are inquisitive, they like discovering things, and they equally like hiding things. So, if you’re a parent, you need to ensure your valuables are safe.

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Don’t be like this dad whose phone was fried to a crisp after his 3-year old put it in the microwave. It happened a long time ago, as you can see by the model, but it still makes for a very good story every time the family gets together.  

Microwaving some syrup

Just because it’s food doesn’t mean that you can reheat it in the microwave, and one good example is syrup of any kind, especially when you leave it in the microwave for too long. Look at what happened to this mom whose daughter attempted to heat up syrup for 5 minutes on a high setting.

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Surprisingly the glass cup didn’t explode into smithereens in the microwave. Although the syrup looked like molten lava, Pyrex could certainly use the picture as the perfect testament to their product’s durability. Next time, just reheat syrup on a saucepan.

Don’t reheat your plastic fork

There are times when we feel so famished that we can’t wait to eat. However, you should always check your food container before you put it in the microwave. For all you know, there could be a plastic fork in there.

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Not only did this person put his plastic fork in the microwave, but he also reheated his food in a plastic container. Major no-nos. Although the heat didn’t melt the fork, it was bent out of shape. The food was probably unsafe to eat too.

Another phone charging disaster

Sometimes, people can be so dumb, and this is proof of that. There is no truth to claims that you can put your phone in the microwave for a quick charge. This hotel guest tried to do just that, and the result was a phone that is burned to a crisp.

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“Charging” your phone in the microwave means putting yourself and other people in the hotel in great peril. If you forgot your charger, just ask the reception. Surely, they have a few to spare for their guests, and they will be more than happy to lend it to you.

Your microwave is not a remedy for undercooked egg

Boiling eggs seems like an easy task, but you’d be surprised how many people fail at this. If your egg came out underdone, don’t worry because you can still re-boil it. But you should never put a raw egg in the microwave.

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The result is something that requires a lot of cleaning up. Some people say that poking a hole in the eggshell will prevent this from happening, but we’d tell you not to take the risk if you ask us. Just boil your egg on the stove and save yourself the trouble.

Keep the kids away from the microwave

Keep things out of reach of children. We have heard and read this so many times, but some people don’t take this advice to heart. This guy found abstract art in the microwave because his children decided to put some crayons in there to see what would happen to them.

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Fortunately, the only casualty, in this case, is Crayola. Still, seriously though, you should never let kids have access to the microwave because they can end up in all sorts of accidents. Adults can’t even use the thing right, let alone kids!

Another person who can’t tell the difference between seconds and minutes

There are 60 seconds in one minute. This is a concept that is simple enough, but a lot of people still get confused. Knowing the difference between minutes and seconds is crucial if you are heating food, and want to be able to eat it after.

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Instead of setting the microwave to 75 seconds, this user set it to 75 minutes. We’re surprised the bowl held up after being in the oven for more than an hour, and we are still confused about how he wasn’t able to smell something burning in the kitchen.

Reheat, not incinerate bagels

Bagels are tastier and better eaten when warm, so most people reheat them in the oven or the toaster. It is recommended to reheat bagels for only a couple of minutes at 375 degrees. But, what happens if you reheat it for 10 minutes?

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You won’t even recognize the bagel anymore, but it is a good way to burn calories fast, without the slightest attempt at exercise. If you can’t even properly operate a microwave oven, rather reheat your bagel in the toaster and be done with it.

Spaghetti squash gone awry

Most people would use their ovens to make spaghetti squash, but you can use your microwave too, provided that you know how to operate it and you pay attention. We have seen too many disasters not to put that out there.

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First, you need to cut the squash in half and poke it a few times to let the steam escape. If you just put the entire thing in, you can say goodbye to squash spaghetti and just order some take out because it will explode in the micro.

Another failed attempt at spaghetti squash

Persistence alone is not going to ensure success in your attempts at spaghetti squash, like this guy. His first attempt was a failure, so he tried it one more time, only to fail again. If in doubt, always google how to perfect cooking things in the microwave oven before pressing start.

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Not much difference here. The squash ended up exploding again, and there is a lot of mess that needs to be cleaned. You know what Albert Einstein said about doing the same thing and expecting a different result, insanity.

Another attempt at microwave mug cakes

If you can’t do microwave mug cakes right, perhaps you should just get some from the bakery? It is not that expensive, and it eliminates all possibilities of a house fire. This microwavable mug cake didn’t come out as expected.

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We sure hope this cake, which resembles things other than food, tastes better than it looks like. It doesn’t look as bad as the other microwave fails on this list, so we’ll give this guy props for a decent attempt.

New Meaning To Flaming Hot Cheetos

Even if you’ve always had your Cheetos at room temperature, you shouldn’t be surprised if some people prefer it differently. They may want them warm or completely black and burned. Either way, one thing to keep in mind is to remove it from the packaging before putting them in the microwave.

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Not only did this guy forget to transfer the Cheetos into a glass bowl before reheating, but he also started a fire in the kitchen. If you want “flaming hot Cheetos,” just get the correct variety. Don’t make the microwave do the work for you.

When the microwave glass breaks

Most of the fails on this list are due to user errors. This user sets himself apart from the others as it seems that his microwave just gave up on him. Imagine preparing breakfast for the family when the glass on your microwave door suddenly shatters.

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This man doesn’t have to imagine it; he has lived through it. Such a wasted effort on the lovely breakfast. This case is a good excuse to bring the entire family to IHOP and enjoy some pancakes there. We hope that the microwave was still under warranty.

Money Laundering Part 3

If you are so afraid of getting Covid-19 through your bills and coins, just refrain from using them and reach for your card instead. Please stop sanitizing money in the microwave because it is not made for that purpose.

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This is another case of someone trying to clean money by putting it in the microwave. We can’t be sure if the money is clean after being in the microwave, but we are confident that it is burned. So sad to see money going to waste.

What happens to foil in the oven

Foil is one of the many things that should never, under any circumstances, be put in the microwave. There have been countless stories of fires and explosions as a result of putting foil in there. However, some people still choose to ignore the warnings, including this guy.

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What went in as food or drink looked like a candle that got stuck on the microwave ceiling. After seeing this, people are still scratching their heads, wondering what happened. This is going to be difficult to clean.

Ghost Pepper Popcorn Disaster         

Ghost pepper is one of the hottest chili peppers known to man, so when this guy’s officemate put ghost pepper popcorn in the microwave and left it there for 5 minutes, the result was less than pleasant. The office was filled with smoke.

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It wasn’t your regular smoke either, the ghost pepper made people’s eyes tear up, and it burned their throats. No one could breathe and do their work, so the entire staff had to be evacuated from the building till things settled down.

DIY microwave installation

If your new microwave doesn’t come with free installation, you might just be tempted to do it yourself but don’t say we didn’t warn you. You might be confident in your skills, but please look at what happened to this guy first.

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He saved money on the installation, but he ended up breaking the glass on his stove. Just leave the installation task to the professionals if you do not want to end up spending more money on a new stove. 

Saying goodbye to the microwave

At some point, appliances just seem to give up, and this includes microwave ovens. This user-submitted a picture of his microwave handle seemingly coming off on its own. This is a kind of damage that is irreparable, so he’ll have to get a new one.

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It’s not bad as it looks though, as he has a fully functioning stove. He can still prepare a full meal and perhaps impress his date with a home-cooked meal. If he doesn’t have the makings of a chef, there’s always take-out.

Make sure your food container is microwave-safe

We have been told countless times that food shouldn’t be reheated in a plastic container as it could have adverse effects on your health. Transfer your food to a glass container before you put it in the microwave.

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Don’t be like this guy who ended up having to go out and buy lunch. Even if the plastic container says it is microwave-safe, it is best not to use it. If you don’t have any other choice, at least make sure that you open the lid a bit before reheating.

Again with sanitizing money!

If you haven’t wrapped your head around this thought yet, allows us to tell you again, do not sanitize money in the microwave! This was what the bank got when a guy sent them money to be deposited into his account.

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Most of the paper bills can’t be used anymore because they have been burned. The World Health Organization has not issued any warnings about the use of cash amidst the pandemic. You can still use cash, but make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after handling money.

Careful when taking out things from the microwave

When you reheat food in the microwave, the bowl or plate will be hot so take all necessary precautions when handling it. Avoid the risk of getting burned by using gloves and mitts. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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The next person on this list probably forgot about that and ended up spilling the soup and most probably dropping and breaking the bowl that contained it. We hope he didn’t get burned badly or got hurt by the shards of glass.

The mystery of the cup that flew

We’d be shocked if we opened the microwave and saw our glass stuck to the ceiling.  Though there are different theories on how the cup was propelled upwards, we are sure about one thing; it’s gonna be difficult to remove the cup without spilling the liquid or breaking the glass.

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If you are reheating a drink, better put it in a mug, and if you are reheating sauce, stay on the safe side and just use the saucepan. Having a microwave in the kitchen is not an excuse to take an unnecessary shortcut.