75 Epic Microwave Fails From All Around The Net (New Pics)


Many people, including us, have what we think is a rather peculiar relationship with technology. Household appliances sometimes feel like they have a life of their own. And you have to know how to coax them to do what they were built for. We find microwaves, in particular, to be extremely temperamental! And we’re not alone.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of the unluckiest and most painful microwave heating fails from around the net. Scroll down, upvote the pics that made you cringe the hardest, and remember to always, always treat tech with respect and to put your safety first.

#1 My Microwave Just Called Me A Child For Hitting On Its Top For 4 Times Because The Timer Was All Screwed Up

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#2 My Dad Told Me To Put A CD In The Microwave

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#3 Thawing Chorizo In A Microwave

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If you ever wonder whether or not you can safely microwave something, it’s really not a sign of weakness to take the time to do some honest research. Sure, you might be hungry, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially where home appliances are concerned. The last thing you want is to start an electrical fire at home because you wanted some popcorn.

If you don’t happen to have your microwave oven’s manual, it’s best to do some Googling. Don’t just rely on half-remembered myths about what is and isn’t safe to pop in the oven. One thing that you definitely don’t want to microwave is aluminum foil. It burns and ignites and can be incredibly dangerous. So, first off, avoid placing aluminum or any other metal inside the appliance. That means no forks in plates of takeaway and no spoons in mugs either!

#4 This Is My Luck

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#5 After 60 Hours Of No Power In Middle Of Freezing Winter, I Got Electricity For An Hour And I Thought That It Would Be A Good Idea To Thaw Frozen Honey But I Forgot To Open Lid

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#6 Listen, Britney, All I Wanted Was Some Hot Chocolate Before Bed

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You also want to avoid microwaving run-of-the-mill paper bags. For instance, ‘American Home Shield’ points out that popcorn usually comes in bags that have susceptors that ‘eat up’ the radio waves that your microwave oven produces, and are safe to use. However, regular grocery bags would catch fire.

#7 Thought The Clock On My Microwave Was Glitching, Turns Out There Is A Cockroach Stuck In It

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#8 My 9-Year-Old Sister Destroyed Our Microwave Doing A “Tik Tok Life Hack” (The Starburst Melted Into The Actual Microwave)

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#9 Just Tried (And Failed) To Install My New $450 Microwave. It Was On The Ice Chest When I Went To Grab A Drill And The Cat Knocked It Off

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Similarly, you don’t want to microwave any plastic grocery bags, either! Heating plastic up can release hazardous materials. Plastic containers are generally a big no-no, too, unless specifically stated that they’re safe for heating.

The same goes for travel mugs. If it has steel or isn’t labeled as microwave-safe, don’t plop it in the microwave oven. Opt for a regular mug, instead. 

#10 Friend Of Mine Hid My AirPods In A Box Of Chicken Nuggets That I Proceeded To Microwave Without Opening The Box

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#11 Accidentally Set The Timer For 20 Minutes And Walked Away

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#12 Was Cooking Sunnyside Eggs In A Cup In The Microwave But It Exploded All Over My Shirt And Hand As I Grabbed The Handle

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Though it’s obvious to most of us (well, hopefully…), you really shouldn’t be drying your clothes in the oven either. That’s what dryers are for. Or go the simple route and just hang your clothing on a rack or line. Microwaving your wet dress shirt before an important meeting isn’t how you want to start your day, believe us!

#13 Toddler Learned How To Use The Microwave

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#14 Don't Try To Microwave An Avocado

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#15 Microwave Door Blew Up. House Built One Year Ago

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Furthermore, you should avoid microwaving hardboiled eggs (they’ll explode, or rather, eggsplode) and hot peppers (they can cause fires and will release chemicals that can burn your eyes). Also, steer clear of heating up styrofoam containers and Chinese takeout boxes. You should also avoid turning on the microwave without anything inside because it may damage the appliance!

#16 When Your Kid Puts A Plastic Bottle In The Microwave And It Explodes

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#17 The New Jar Of Nutella My Girlfriend Tried To Heat In The Microwave

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#18 My Microwave Lunch Jumped Up And Flipped

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should never plug microwave ovens into extension cords. Always plug them directly into the wall outlet. The organization also warns not to open the oven too quickly: do it slowly and away from your face to avoid getting burned by the steam.

#19 Bought A Microwave Via Online For My Staying At Campus. I'm Leaving Tomorrow But The Microwave Arrived Today

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#20 Ever Microwaved A Porcelain Mug For Tea But Forgot The Water?

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#21 8-Year-Old Remembered To Take The Foil Flavor Packet Out. She Forgot To Add Water

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What’s more, microwaves can and do heat food unevenly, so you ought to stir the food, say, before giving it to your kids. You don’t want them burning their mouths. The NFPA also warns to never microwave baby bottles for the same reason. Instead, warm them in a bowl or under the tap, but make sure you're not using hot water to do so.

#22 I Will Match Your Burnt Popcorn And Raise You A Burnt Macaroni And Cheese Up Without The Water

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#23 Microwaved My Instant Lunch, Only To Find Out I Forgot To Add The Water

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#24 My Wife’s Favorite Night Time Snack. Microwave The Pepperonis Until They Are Finished Bleeding Horrible Yellow Oil

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Some research has shown that microwaving food can lead to some loss in its nutritional value. Other research indicates that the story isn’t so black-and-white. The BBC reports that shorter cooking times don’t compromise nutrition (that’s one minute for broccoli). However, this will depend on what veggie you’re heating up and how much water you might be using, so there’s no easy answer here. 

#25 Ever Wondered What Happens When You Microwave A Frozen Uncooked Croissant? Wonder No More

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#26 Microwaved Cookie I Made At Midnight

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#27 When Only 4 Seconds Are Left... Never Ever Will Try Cooking Eggs In The Microwave

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Which of the microwave fails in this list made you facepalm the hardest? Have you every made any major mistakes while heating up food? Share your (embarrassing) experiences in the comments. And for some more epic microwave mistakes, take a peek at our previous feature right here.

#28 I Went To Microwave Some Delicious Leftovers At Work And Heard A Pop

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#29 This Happened When I Put Cream In The Microwave

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#30 Tried To Make A Mug Cake. One Minute Later My Microwave Birthed This Monstrosity

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#31 My Microwave Caught On Fire

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#32 My Microwave Noodles Came In A Bowl That Is Not Microwave-Safe

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#33 My Mom Wanted To Make Tea But Instead Of Asking For Help With The Electric Kettle She Microwaved My Chargeable Self Heating Mug And Caught It On Fire

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#34 My Coffee Was Cold. So I Microwaved It. I've Had This Mug For 4 Years And Never Looked At The Bottom I Guess

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#35 My Son Tried To Microwave An Oreo And Burned It, It Left An Imprint On The Plate

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#36 Trying To Reheat Breakfast, Heard A High-Pitch Whirr, And A Pop... My Microwave Was On Fire

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#37 So This Has Never Happened Before. I Was Heating Up Taco Beef In The Microwave And Take It Out After 50 Seconds. The Bottom Broke Out. I Guess They Do Break

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#38 Someone Broke My Microwave By Microwaving Something Metal, Probably A Camera

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#39 Mom Spray-Painted A Perfectly Good Microwave With Fridge To Match

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#40 Tried To Heat Up My Dinner. The Plate Just Exploded In The Microwave

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#41 Pyrex Bowl Shattered After 10 Seconds In The Microwave. Bummed I Lost The Yummy Taters More Than The Bowl

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#42 It's Probably My Fault For Microwaving Bacon

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#43 Lesson Learned. Quinoa Packages Have A Hard Time Limit In The Microwave

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#44 My Seven-Year-Old Brother Put Ramen In The Microwave With No Water

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#45 Mom Doing Christmas Baking And Was Trying To Soften/Melt Some White Chocolate In The Microwave. Ended Up Burning A Whole Bar

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#46 Today I Learned That 3 Minutes Is Too Long To Microwave Milk

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#47 This Girl Got Her AirPods Wet So Put Them On The Microwave To Dry Them

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#48 Microwaved Sweet Potato

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#49 Microwave Handle Broke When I Went To Open The Door Today. $200 Part

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#50 My Kid Microwaved A Cup-Noodle. Without Water. Plastic Wrap Still On It. For Many Minutes

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#51 Note To Self: Do Not Heat Up Oil And Chili In This Type Of Glass Bowl In The Microwave

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#52 The Result Of Microwaving A Banquet Frozen Dinner For 30 Minutes

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#53 I Microwaved Some Beans For 12 Minutes Instead Of 1 Minute And 20 Seconds

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#54 I Forgot My Lunch In Microwave, Because I Was Making Drinks For Customers

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#55 Well That Didn’t Go According To Plan

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#56 Thanks Microwave, I Really Needed You To Catch Fire The Week Before Christmas

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#57 My Microwave Plate Snapped In Half After A Red-Glowing Molten Glass Hole Appeared

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#58 Boil An Egg In The Microwave, They Said... It Will Be Fine, They Said

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#59 I Somehow Forgot To Put Water In The Cup Before Microwaving The Ramen. My Throat Burns And The House Smells Disgusting

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#60 New Microwave For Kitchen, Damaged In Transport Presumably

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#61 Microwaved Cup Eggs From Hell

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#62 Even Cracked An Egg In It, Got Caught On The Microwave Door

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#63 Melted Italian Meat Balls. Container Was Not Microwave-Proof

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#64 Trying To Microwave Popcorn In A Plastic Tupper

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#65 I Got The White Mug For Christmas In 2018, Microwave Safe. I Got Black One For Christmas In 2019, Not Microwave Safe

If I had stayed in the room while it was in the microwave for 1 minute, I probably would have noticed.

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#66 I Guess I’m Not Microwaving Today

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#67 It Turns Out That Plastic Bowl Was Not Safe For Microwave Use


#68 Found Which One Isn't Microwave-Proof

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#69 My Daughter Microwaved Her Mac N' Cheese Without Filling The Cup With Water First

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#70 Thought You Could Microwave Eggs

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#71 Microwave Accident

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#72 Was Using The Hotel Microwave When Suddenly This Happened

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#73 Microwave's Plastic Cover Melted Over My Dinner

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#74 Microwave Pizza I Made

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#75 A Cooking Tip: Don't Boil Eggs In A Microwave

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#76 Was Using The Hotel Microwave When Suddenly This Happened

#77 Microwave Pizza I Made

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