10 MOST OFFENSIVE-SMELLING FOODS YOUR COWORKERS MICROWAVE
It’s lunchtime. So there’s good news — and there’s bad news: our desk is 10 steps from the kitchen break room. In the enclosed space of an office, the smells wafting from the kitchen microwave at lunchtime can be interesting (to say the least).
For those of us with sensitive noses, there is nothing more horrifying than some of the smells that sneak out from that shared space. Sometimes it might leave you wondering what in the world “those people” had for dinner last night.
It’s those funky kitchen smells that can really put a damper on your day. We did a random poll online and came up with some of the absolute worst foods to cook in the office microwave. Here’s our top 10:
#1. Tuna casserole: This is also a known creator of the splatter effect, if not covered properly.
Someone reheated cheesy tuna casserole in the work microwave and may now be facing banishment.
— Brian Sailer (@bsailer) October 15, 2012
#2. Anything fishy: One woman said, “I had a coworker who used to microwave tins of kippers.” Some things you just can’t make up.
#3. Sauerkraut: It may be great for the intestines, but it is certainly hard on the nostrils when warmed up.
@TheJackSack better than the person who used to microwave Saurkraut at my work. Microwaved fish smell is a treat after Saurkraut…
— Mumps (@Mumps) January 15, 2013
#4. Onions: One respondent mentioned, “Onions on Taco Day smell like B.O.”
Blech! Somebody warmed some food up with a copious amount of onions in a microwave at work and now the whole building smells like B.O..
— Rachelle (@Sea_Chelle06) February 13, 2013
#5. Burnt popcorn: An awful, bitter smell that just lingers in the office for days.
If you burn microwave popcorn at work you should be forced to eat the burnt popcorn….and microwave.
— Joe Riga (@JoeRigaComedy) July 21, 2015
#6. Brussels sprouts: Those cute mini cabbages actually smell like dirty wet dogs when microwaved. Truth.
Best way to completely clear out your office for some peace and quiet work time: Steam a bag of Brussels sprouts in the microwave.
— Lindsey Smolensky (@smoness) November 15, 2012
#7. Broccoli: Excuse yourself! Oh, that was just broccoli — we thought someone cut the cheese really bad.
Heating up fish or broccoli in the work microwave should be an offense that is punishable by law.
— kristi carlson (@kristimcarlson) November 19, 2013
#8. Eggs: Don’t be mistaken for someone who is in constant need of Beano. Reheated eggs just aren’t right.
Shout out to the co-worker who microwaved eggs in the work microwave just now… grossest smell ever.
— Katie ⚡ (@Katie83Duran) February 13, 2015
#9. Limburger cheese: It’s potent enough when chilled, but the smell is amplified tenfold when reheated. Where’s the nearest gas mask?
someone at work brought in Limburger cheese and now the whole office stinks!
— Preston Mesarvey (@prestonm) December 8, 2008
#10. Bacon: Now, this isn’t because it smells bad. Instead, it’s the opposite. There’s something about the mouth-watering smell of bacon that makes anyone automatically dislike anyone who’s heating it up — mainly because they’re insanely jealous.
— Casper Pearl (@TheMemoryEater) May 7, 2015
Kitchen smells remain one of those experiences in a shared office setting that, while not negatively affecting employee morale, could at least create friction between employees. We encourage office teams to set rules about shared office spaces, including the kitchen.
For those of you with the cubicle near the kitchen, look on the bright side. It could be worse. Your desk could be right outside the bathroom.