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This USB Powered Microwave Will Heat Up Your Sad Desk Lunch

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Sad desk lunchers, there is a ray of sunshine on the horizon. Gone are the days of cold leftovers, soggy sandwiches, and soup heated up in the company microwave that’s only lukewarm because Jane from the cubicle next door kept giving you the stink-eye. Luckily, someone dreamed up a desktop microwave, and we need one ASAP.

Designed by Steve Gates, a London-based designer, the “Brainwave” is intended to help people focus on their work by eliminating a trip to the company mess hall. But for those of us who simply want a hot meal, it’s a great, compact way to heat up your leftovers.

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Even better, the microwave is powered through a USB, so all you have to do is plug in to your computer, grab a napkin and get ready to chow down. The microwave recognizes the size of a frozen meal placed inside, and will heat it at the right level for the appropriate time. At the moment, the Brainwave is still in its ambiguous concept phase. No word yet on whether you can put a sandwich, some soup, or mom’s lasagna in there, but we’re definitely willing to give it a try.

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H/T Behance

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Humor

What Happens When 14 Struggle Plates Try to Look ‘Fancy’

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There’s something to be said for struggle food lovingly plated as something you’d find at a restaurant with cloth napkins. Apparently, Reddit’s ShittyFoodPorn channel agrees and highlights the worst best attempts at the turning limp hot dogs and cold processed cheese into something “fancy”. The result is glorious and below, we picked the most, ahem, inspiring of the bunch.

Because even sad desk lunches have silver linings and if spaghettiOs want to be a gourmet “artisan pizza”, then who are we to stop that dream?

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Chicken nuggets on a bed of microwaved mac n’ cheese

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Artisan SpaghettiO Pizza

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“I did a little entertaining during the holidays”

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“The Honey Boo Boo Special”

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“Squirt le poo with a touch of mucous de province.”

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“Bread Bowl”

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“Hard boiled eggs and shrimp suspended in a ring of lime jello, served cold”

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“Breaded Chicken and Cheese Tacos”

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Apple and hot dog demonstrating an excellent use of negative space.

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“Deconstructed chili slaw dog”

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“Two shrimp serenading a lime, with a mystery mush.”

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“Sweet potato sun with chicken nugget rays, accompanied by SAUCE CLOUDS.”

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A bacon and ramen-wrapped hot dog garnished with parsley and a drizzle of Sriracha reduction.

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“An asiago bagel with mustard, cream cheese, chocolate syrup, and a leaf.” ($40)

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Humor

‘Sad Desk Lunch’ Reminds Us Why We Still Order Food To-Go

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Yes, Monday’s come and gone but tomorrow you’ll be back. Back in your poorly-lit cubicle, eating your leftover “pasta” from a crack-stained piece of Tupperware and trying to remember if that’s the way Alfredo is supposed to taste. But that’s only if you don’t read this article and turn your entire life around right this second. Hurry, there’s no time to waste.

The following photos were compiled by the Sad Desk Lunch tumblr blog, supposedly to remind 9-to-5ers everywhere that almost everyone else is just as miserable as they are. Behold. Bask in your shared culinary blues. Vow never to disrespect your mouth, your office fridge or your stomach so terribly ever again.

 

“Yogurt: the official food of women across New York City”

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“Jesus effing christ, what is this? (I mean, it’s turkey bacon, ginger beer and a Jolly Rancher, obvi) but…”

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“It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?”

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“Half-eaten fish / Three days old / Sat all morning / In a fridge with mold / Brussel sprouts taste / like oily mush / At least this couch / Is kinda plush”

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“A light desk lunch.”

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“Any wholesome element of my roasted butternut squash soup was nuked to death in the microwave.”

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“Unmicrowaved burrito.”

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“My co-worker calls it Paleo. We call it sad in a bag.”

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“‘Should be listed on the menu as A Lot of Top Ramen Noodles and Neon Orange Broth for $6.50 instead of Beef Ramen Soup.’

Mmmm.. nothing says love like a 300% markup.”

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“Things that look depressing: blatant leftovers; cuttlefish pasta in plastic container that when microwaved will certainly give you cancer.”

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“No spoons at the office? Improvise.”

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“LIVIN THE DREAM!!!”

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So tomorrow when all your coworkers are complaining about how they’re having the mac and plastic cheese again, will you be there to listen? No, you’ll be down the street, noshing on some good, warm Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, because somehow spending your precious paycheck is much less depressing than leftovers.

H/T Thought Catalog + PicThx Sad Desk Lunch