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People Are Trolling Their Moms, Asking How to Microwave a Turkey

As though there wasn't already enough to get stressed about around Thanksgiving, kids are trolling their parents. People are partaking in an online challenge where they text their mom and ask for instructions to microwave a 25-pound turkey...

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As though there wasn't already enough to be stressed about at Thanksgiving, kids are trolling their parents. People are partaking in an online challenge where they text their mom and ask for instructions to microwave a 25-pound turkey.

While it's been spreading this month in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, the challenge dates back to late 2016, according to Know Your Meme. It's not totally clear who originated the challenge, but it may have started with a Facebook post by Claudia Francisco. No matter when it started, if your parents buy into the ploy it's treading close to that mean/funny territory where Jimmy Kimmel's annual Halloween prank lives. 

What is the "Turkey Microwave" meme and how do I get in on it?

The challenge that becomes a meme is really nothing but people posting screenshots from their phone of an alleged conversation between them and their mother or another guardian. They text dear ol' mum and ask how to microwave a whole turkey.

After you send the text, have the conversation with a straight face as your mother freaks out about what a bad idea it is to microwave a turkey. Then post the conversation for laughs on the internet, as somewhere in the world your parent sits quietly and wonders where they went wrong while raising you.

Though, if you're going to play this game, be sure your mom doesn't have the internet because she might be onto you from the start.

Show me some good ones

You saw where this was headed. Here are some examples that went exactly according to the plan. 

Also, just to be sure, you know you shouldn't do this, right? Listen to your mom. You can't microwave an entire turkey, especially in a year where salmonella is a problem. Seriously, don't microwave your turkey. (Unless you do it and it works, I guess. But it still seems like a bad idea.)

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Writer on the news team at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.