Dangerous New Trend Taking Over Web Has People Microwaving Aluminum Foil
A few days ago, a tweet showing how a man managed to turn a crumpled up piece of aluminum foil into a perfectly-round shiny ball completely blew up. Since then, people have been trying to polish their own crumpled pieces of foil to perfection with the help of a hammer and lots of dedication.
So it took me 2 days, 6 hours and 18 minutes to turn this crumpled foil into a perfectly polished ball pic.twitter.com/U12oVjw3lQ
– Marky Mark (@markyshmarky) March 30, 2018
However, the Internet is a place full of tricksters. This time, they are trying to tell innocent netizens that the trick actually works. Several tweets using the image from the original tweet tried to convince people to microwave aluminum foil to turn it into a giant reflective silver-coloured ball.
I just tried this. If you put a tight ball of tin foil in the microwave for a few minutes it turns into a real ball. Can’t believe it actually worked pic.twitter.com/h32voZnya2
– KODY (@KodyJohnJohn) April 2, 2018
1) make a foil ball
2) microwave for a minute
3) enjoy pic.twitter.com/glXvGXs7U9
– RY ONES (@onesandon1y) April 2, 2018
For the uninitiated, trying to heat foil in a microwave is actually very dangerous as the aluminum heats up very quickly and can lead to sparking and even explosions. This makes this particular Internet prank a very dangerous one.
While there are those who were wise to the trick, others actually seemed to have tried it out.
Wow! I just burnt my microwave because of this pic.twitter.com/blwEa2qrj9
– Tsonga King Wandile (@1ndi3_) April 2, 2018
is that normal, should i wait more? pic.twitter.com/sWwMRVkQvy
– ehzade I.selin (@sehzadeselin) April 2, 2018
– Obey Melt (@Obey_Melt) April 3, 2018
The dangerous trend has led to people posting warnings on Twitter:
We can’t believe we have to say this, but please don’t put foil in the microwave! At best you can break your microwave and at worst, it could spark a fire! https://t.co/1sBeCVENhe
– Elec Safety First (@ElecSafetyFirst) April 3, 2018
The guy who made that foil ball hammered, sanded, and then polished it over the course of 3 days. He started off with 52 square feet of foil and crushed it into that ball on the left.
Don’t microwave it. https://t.co/C3kQZL0BNV
– (@ThatFemaleGamer) April 3, 2018
Bottom line: Please, for the love of God, do not microwave aluminum foil.
Talking of dangerous Internet challenges – another recent one involves teenagers snorting a condom up their noses and pulling it out of their mouths without throwing up. Again, it goes without saying that the “condom challenge” is not something you should try out.
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