|The ubiquitous and world-famous "Grumpy Cat," Tardar Sauce.|
|People who are cruel to animals suck. Take good care of your pets and love them. |
[Image source: Terribly Cute.]
Reflecting America’s litigious and sometimes frivolous nature, some variations of the microwaved pet story result in the LOL suing and winning a huge settlement because the manufacturer failed to put a warning label on their product. This version is so popular that a 2011 poll reported that 74% of Americans and 78% of non-Americans believe the story to be true. This makes it one of the most prevalent urban legends in the world.
Given its prevalence and broad acceptance, it was a natural choice to sneak early into The Billionth Monkey. It didn’t serve to propel the plot, so I made it into surreal background activity for the scene on page 33. I imagined that the sight of a kitten emerging unscathed from a microwave would be adorable and hilarious. That being said, it doesn't work, and it's cruel…so DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! Thank you.
For more reading, see Barbara Mikkelson, “The Microwaved Pet,” http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/microwavedpet.asp