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10 MOST OFFENSIVE-SMELLING FOODS YOUR COWORKERS MICROWAVE

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Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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Optimized-iStock_000062376130_SmallIt’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.

#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.

#4. Onions: One respondent mentioned, “Onions on Taco Day smell like B.O.”

#5. Burnt popcorn: An awful, bitter smell that just lingers in the office for days.

#6. Brussels sprouts: Those cute mini cabbages actually smell like dirty wet dogs when microwaved. Truth.

#7. Broccoli: Excuse yourself! Oh, that was just broccoli — we thought someone cut the cheese really bad.

#8. Eggs: Don’t be mistaken for someone who is in constant need of Beano. Reheated eggs just aren’t right.

#9. Limburger cheese: It’s potent enough when chilled, but the smell is amplified tenfold when reheated. Where’s the nearest gas mask?

#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.

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.

Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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1 comment on "10 MOST OFFENSIVE-SMELLING FOODS YOUR COWORKERS MICROWAVE"

  1. Pete
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    Before condemning or ostracizing a coworker for being an inconsiderate oaf, please realize it’s just possible he/she doesn’t know this is a problem. How could this be, you say? I for one have no sense of smell, and haven’t had since I was a small child and was in an accident. I’m now in my 50s and just starting to wonder how seriously I’m offending my office mates, since I often eat a healthy lunch of salmon and veggies. The salmon isn’t frozen (which I’ve seen mentioned as being a problem), but I don’t know, does fresh salmon also generate a nasty odor when microwaved?

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