'How to cook a turkey in the microwave' goes viral, and the responses were hilarious

There are many ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Stuffing a bird inside the microwave typically is not one of them.

That didn't stop people from pranking their parents by asking them how to cook a turkey in the microwave.

Responses have spread across Twitter, sometimes with the hashtag #turkeychallenge, where users post screenshots of the conversations with their parents.

Interestingly enough, it is apparently possible to cook a whole turkey in the microwave. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service featured alternate ways to cook a turkey, including using the microwave.

"Turkeys can be successfully cooked in a microwave oven — whole or in parts," said the entry. However, it also notes because of how microwaves distribute heat, it can cook the turkey unevenly.

A 2015 piece from FSIS notes microwaves can also be used to thaw a turkey, but cooks should check how much bird their appliance can handle before trying.

In most cases, people mentioned they were trying to microwave a 25-pound turkey. And the reactions were priceless.

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