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YMMV / Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This?

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  • Archive Panic: Ran for ten seasons and 300 episodes over the course of four years and that's not counting specials.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The outtake footage from Episode #192, "Bottle of Gin".
  • Fan Myopia: If you've created or are a fan of another microwave show (generally speaking, with at least a couple hundred subscribers), you've probably had at least one encounter with these. They will accuse them of copying Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This?, even if the experiment is not one they did, the show format is entirely different, or in dOvetastic's case, your show is much older than theirs. As a result, there have been false flag wars between the fans of other microwave shows, leading to wrongly age-restricted videos. These fans also completely ignore the fact that not only are creators Jonathan Paula and Jory Caron often friends with the creators of other microwave shows, but also watch and support their shows. The most frequent channels to be a victim of this trope are dOvetastic (as mentioned above), Garret Claridge (poopooGarret), BLHProductions, and MicrowaveMeShow. However, the fanboys oddly enough leave alone actual copycat shows which steal the name, the jokes, and even the format.
    • In what doubles as a Moment of Awesome, Jon called out these fans for being dumbasses (his own word) on BLHProductions's blasting caps video.
  • Fun for Some: Thanks to YouTube killing video upload limits in 2011 Jonathan was able to do a two-hour 1.5 GB video which was just a shot of his screen as he completely edited Episode #288 ("Gasoline") for upload in Adobe Premiere. The day after it was put up 20,000 people did watch parts or all of it, and many found it fascinating as a great demo of both what goes into creating one 5-10 minute episode and of Premiere's features.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On Jon's blog he discussed a fan who did his own microwave series, accidentally killing his mother in the process. Normally, the Don't Try This at Home clips used to introduce the episodes since Season 7 are meant to be humorous but...
    Jon: When we say 'Do not try this at home'... we mean it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Episode #77 has a pyramid-shaped firework exploding inside Helga, turning her off. Referring to the whistle it created, Jon says, "It sounds like someone just died in there." The experiment killed Helga which the guys didn't know until they discovered the microwave wouldn't work with the following experiment.
    • Before she microwaved a slot machine, Jon called Jackie the "queen of the sluts" because of the dildo episode. She actually died after the slot machine experiment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Episode #143. At the time (released in 2009), the episode was hilarious because they nuked a Pinkie Pie toy (G3 version). Nowadays, it's a hell of a lot more funny.
    • Near the end of episode 124 (the E.T. Atari game), Jory mentions The Angry Video Game Nerd review of the game... while the video annotation states that said review doesn't (at the time of 2009) exist. Now, in 2014, there's a Angry Video Game Nerd movie concerning a review of the game.
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  • Ho Yay: Jory and Riley invoke it for laughs.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Although not the most famous, "Is It A Good Idea To Microwave This?", which began in July 2007, is not the first microwaving show on the web, that would be "dOvetastic Microwave Theater", which began in 1991 and whose modern incarnation began in March 2006, when dOvetastic posted a video of him microwaving a light bulb. Unfortunately, that does not stop some fans from annoying dOvetastic by claiming that he's ripping these guys off. Initially the two shows' creators were friends until they had a falling out in 2010.
  • The Scrappy: Riley, for not really doing much of anything, and just being plain annoying.
  • Tear Jerker: Whenever a microwave dies, a funeral montage of its tenure plays accompanied by a somber piano and violin tune.


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