Wave Hoax Tricks Gullible iPhone Users Into Microwaving Their Phones

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Wave Hoax Tricks Gullible iPhone Users Into Microwaving Their Phones

The "Wave" hoax assures iPhone users that they can charge their Apple devices by microwaving them.

Anyone who has passed grade school no doubt knows (or has even experienced first hand) the destruction caused from putting metal and plastic in the microwave. But, when a legit looking hoax tells iPhone users they can "charge" their phones by microwaving them, more than a few rubes fell for the rather cruel prank, and are showcasing their destroyed devices via Twitter.

First up, here is the "Wave" hoax image that's been floating around the web:

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Warning: do not try this at home.

As you can see from the fake advert, the hoax involves tricking users into throwing their phones into the microwave, with the promise of a quick charge. Fansided has gone ahead and collected some of the best Twitter reactions of people falling for the prank. Check out Apple's most gullible fans bellow:


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We at the Escapist would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that Apple, as worshiped as they are, has not earned the power to change the laws of physics, and until that day comes, microwaving your phone will only destroy it, and possibly the microwave used in the process.

Thank you, and stay in school.

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I have to say, it's quite hilarious that people actually believed it.

I mean, seriously, metal and a microwave do not a happy mix make. God I got to find more of these pics and tweets. They make my day.

Well I guess a bunch of people never watched Brainiac.

Giving the benefit of the doubt even if you didn't know metals and circuits react badly to microwaves, surely you'd understand that microwave food comes out piping hot so therefore microwaves produce a lot of heat and that heat plus a new expensive phone is a bad idea on its own. But yeah stupid people are stupid.

Just wait until I introduce these people to my wonderful friend Naziim, a member of the long-standing Nigerian Royal line. I hear he needs you to send him some money to help him out.

But don't worry; he's good for it, I swear.

I guess I'm a bad person because this makes me so, so happy.

Look at these idiots. Now imagine this. Conservatives say that you shouldn't waste the money on science education. The world is already full of morons. Do you really want to create more?

I'm trying really, really hard to suppress my amusement and stir up some sympathy within me. And failing really, really hard.

Should have stayed awake in Physics class. Or paid attention to Modern Warfare 2, when they detonated a nuke to fry all electronics with an EMP (about the only time any good would have come out of paying attention to a Call of Duty plot).

Yeesh, some people are idiots... you have to set your microwave to "defrost" for it to work properly!

OTOH, yeah, you have to be rather thick for this to work.

OTOH, that's really a cruel thing to do. There's always going to be someone gullible...or possibly, drunk, enough to do this.

This is one of those times where I don't have any sympathy for the idiots that fell for it. If they burnt their house down doing it, then maybe. But if your fancy new phone is broken because you're this thick, then ha. Hahahahahaha.

Ha.

It's even better than they guy in Australia that dropped his, live on tv.

It's hard to believe someone would be stupid enough to actually try it, but for some reason I'm not surprised when it comes to Apple users.

Conspiracy time! *puts on tinfoil hat*

Maybe Apple are behind this hoax and they did it to get their users to buy a new iPhone quicker.

I don't even use Apple products, and even I can tell that ad was fake as hell(disregarding the bit with the microwave, if it did something more fun, like bricking the phone a la the Xbox One/4chan thing).

Apple would never say "latest and greatest", "The Next Big Thing"(capitalisation, seriously?), "iOS8"(as all-one-word). It doesn't even explain how it works in some physics-deifying jargon; just says "put it in a microwave". They could have at least related it to how the iWatch works via wireless charging or something.

The pranksters could have at least put some more effort into it. This just looks like they spent 15 minutes doing it then slacked off for lunch.

I could be over thinking this...

OP: lol!

How? How? Fucking how? Seriously how? What in the fuck how?
How can anyone be that stupid?

Why do I sound so angry over stupidity lol

Anyone who belives that deserves to fry their phone, plain and simple. Shall we call them the FryPhone User?
And anyone who KNOWS that's stupid deserves the satisfaction of laughing about those people that did believe it.

Words do not describe the glee this hoax inspires. My one regret is not being the clever (evil) bastard who thought it up.
Of course, I do feel a pang of sympathy for any microwaves damaged in the process.
*/cue Bender's "Laugh harder" clip*

Wow.. I hate to sound mean but these fools deserved it. Iphones contain metal... metal and microwaves don't mix. It's like the first thing you learn about microwaves.

I wonder if that hoax will ever be traced back to apple... sounds like a clever gimmick to increase their phone sales.

If these people are microwaving their phones, where are they getting the neurons to use Twitter?

Almost as funny as the people who fell for the previous iOS7 update that made the phone waterproof.

The Artificially Prolonged:
Giving the benefit of the doubt even if you didn't know metals and circuits react badly to microwaves, surely you'd understand that microwave food comes out piping hot so therefore microwaves produce a lot of heat and that heat plus a new expensive phone is a bad idea on its own. But yeah stupid people are stupid.

Actually, given that many of the materials used in phones are quite non-polar (plastics etc, for example), the microwave doesn't really make the device piping hot. Microwave ovens work by basically pulling about polar molecules (water, fatty acids etc) around very quickly, and since heat is molecular movement this heats up the things in the oven. This doesn't really work with non-polar objects.

So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

while a lot of people are gullible, the advert does look legit and people tend to believe what they read. it also why internet urban legends spread so easiely

A big smile just spread across my face, I know android users also fall for dumb shit, but I feel like iphone users are particularly susceptible. Also iphone users deserve it.

Aeshi:
So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

So are you saying that blatant stupidity shouldn't be punished? The people who did this are why everything has a disclaimer nowadays.

Apple have been trying to make their devices idiot-proof. As a result we have idiots who will microwave their phones when instructed.

Genocidicles:

Aeshi:
So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

So are you saying that blatant stupidity shouldn't be punished? The people who did this are why everything has a disclaimer nowadays.

By that argument prehaps doctors should start prescribing Arsenic pills (because hey, anyone who doesn't read the side-effects/ingredients list is stupid and deserves it right?)

And your "punishing stupidity" rallying cry might have a bit more weight if it weren't for all the people going "I know people who use other brands fall for this as well, but it's funnier when it happens to people who use this one specific brand because I don't like them." (case in point, the person above you)

Okay, to all of you who ACTUALLY microwaved your phone... I've only got one thing to say:

That's like... not just stupidity, but an IMPRESSIVE amount of stupidity.

Holy hell, I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Who the hell falls for something like "contains new drivers that interface with your device's radio-baseband that allows it to synchronize with microwave frequencies and use them to recharge your battery."

That sentence alone contains more buzzwords than actual words. And while the internet proves that buzzwords are all you need to convince someone to eat up every word you say so they feel smart, I still can't believe that people fall for this shit.

Aeshi:
So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

Well, they bought Apple stuff... ;-)

Aeshi:
So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

Yeah, apparently. I get the feeling I'm surrounded by a lot of psychopaths sometimes.

This was a cruel hoax, something done to hurt others for no reason. Regardless of how gullible one had to be for it. Or young (kids can have or grab their parents iPhone y'know?). Or even special needs.

Screw those people, right? They're inferior. Preying on them is how you get joy outta life!

Smart phone, stupid people. Seriously, who would stick something in a microwave and not expect it to be cooked?

Here is the thread from 4chan. Same people that told people iOS 7 was water proof. http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/832/854/abb.png

Jumwa:

Aeshi:
So what I'm learning from this thread and its replies is that it's perfectly ok for other people to suffer if said people are "inferior"

Yeah, apparently. I get the feeling I'm surrounded by a lot of psychopaths sometimes.

This was a cruel hoax, something done to hurt others for no reason. Regardless of how gullible one had to be for it. Or young (kids can have or grab their parents iPhone y'know?). Or even special needs.

Screw those people, right? They're inferior. Preying on them is how you get joy outta life!

It wasn't a hoax. that's the thing.

If 4chan posted a video showing a drained iPhone 6, putting it in a microwave, and pulling it out fully charge I'd be inclined to be somewhat on your side.

But these people are the same that think articles from The Onion are real. These people aren't "special needs" or any other form of handicapped. Just gullible and honestly not that bright. The sad thing is that there are more and more of these types of people in the world and it's really kind of scary.

So yeah, if you are able to purchase a $5-600 phone and are gullible enough to put it in a microwave, I'm afraid you get some of the ridicule you deserve..

It's okay! Say it was an accident and you're covered by Applecare+!

Grumble grumble.

Goddammit I want to be the sympathetic, 'oh how cruel a hoax' type. But really, I'm assuming if you have a fucking iphone, you went to school. YOU HAVE TO KNOW BETTER.

There's Darwinism, Social Darwinism, Political Darwinism, and now I guess we can add Technological Darwinism to the list as well.

Seriously, if you're so moronically dumb that you'd not hesitate to slap your phone in the microwave for a bit then you do indeed deserve to have your phone utterly destroyed. The best part: Apple doesn't owe these simpletons a damn thing! No refund, no new phone, the best they can hope for is a new warning label on the phone's box: "Attention Jackasses: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MICROWAVE YOUR PHONE!"

Hehehe... When I was in first grade (five or six years old), I put an electronic thermometer in a microwave to see how hot it gets.
According to the results: Very hot, if it's plastic, metal and have circuitry. At least I stopped it as soon as I saw the first spark.

I took the microwave oven with me when I moved out, I still have it almost 25 years later and there's a little permanent scorchmark on the glass plate that will always remind me.

I'm not surprised that some people fell for it. Knowledge is not something everyone automatically picks up even if they hear or see it and if you have no experience about microwaves and how different materials react to it, then someone is bound to do something stupid... and hopefully learn from it.

How old are the people who did this anyway? In their teens?

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