Wednesday, December 17, 2008

from niobe's big book of helpful hints

You know how on one side of microwave popcorn bags they have these bold, red, all caps reading "HEAT THIS SIDE DOWN?"

It turns out that they're not merely making a suggestion.

21 comments:

painted maypole said...

i learned that the hard way, too

Meg said...

What happened??? Dying of curiosity now....

Molly said...

Ditto - what happened? Ruined popcorn is such a disappointment.

Christina said...

I've never thought to not follow directions and see how it works then.

Furrow said...

yikes. it makes me sad to think of ruined popcorn.

by the by, did you just recently change your titles to blue, or am I just crazy?

Cara said...

Hmmm...I'm envisioning all things burnt and smelly...close?

Magpie said...

So. Did you blow up the office microwave?

niobe said...

Without getting into all the gory details, the result was a big scary bang, what looked like a flame or two licking at the bag, followed by a charred heap of inedible cinders. Somewhere in the background, I heard Satan laughing with delight.

Lori said...

I know I shouldn't be laughing.

But I am.

Is the microwave salvageable?

niobe said...

by the by, did you just recently change your titles to blue, or am I just crazy?

Why, Furrow dear, they've always
been blue. And you know those gaslights in your house that sometimes look like they're flickering? You're just imagining that too....

JamieD said...

You know, I've always wondered.

giggling a little bit, too . . .

k@lakly said...

That reminds me of the time my husband stuck his finger in the little hole in a container of Clorox counter wipes, a hole that said do not stick your finger in here, and proceeded to get his finger lodged in the hole that was surrounded by very small but surprisingly strong, pointed plastic daggers. I had to cut the top off of his finger with kitchen shears.
I'll never forget his screams and pleading, "For the love of God, get it off me!"
I think the containers have been redesigned now, clearly my husband wasn't alone in his failure to read the signs:)

cinnamon gurl said...

Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for the tip!

thirtysomething said...

Gotta watch out for those popcorn bags. Serious business there...

Two Hands said...

@ K@klakly:
Laughing my ass off. I know what you mean by "I had to cut the top off of his finger" but I had to read it a few times first.

Grad3 said...

In fairness I will share my hint as well--- even if foil is covered in paper you should still not put it in the microwave. :)

Amy said...

Bwuahahaha! That totally sounds like something I would do. Thanks for the laugh - I needed that.

Tash said...

Flames! I'm definitely going to need to try that. In the old micro, of course.

missedconceptions said...

I just did the same thing a few days ago. Oooops. I was so hungry I picked out all the un-burnt popcorn (which, admittedly, was not a lot) and tried to make a meal of it.

Burnt popcorn is just depressing.

Lori said...

You should catch Dane Cook's comedy routine on the dangers of using the "stream" setting on the Windex bottle rather than "spray". There are a lot of household hazards we just never think about...

Hmmm... now I'm craving popcorn.

Karin said...

Huh! What do ya know. Ya learn something new every day!