Microwaves can do a lot, including reheating meals, tempering chocolate, disinfecting kitchen items like sponges and cutting boards, and even cooking potatoes, bacon, or fish. However, some are more cautious about using the microwave to boil water.
This hesitancy may be due to a well-known story about a man who used a microwave oven to boil water, only to get burnt when the seemingly-placid water boiled over. But is this story anything more than just another urban legend?
Distilled water, by definition, has no impurities, so it is more likely to become superheated than regular tap water. Simply taking the container out can cause the water to explode out of the container and cause serious scalding/burns, so be sure to use hot pads while taking out the container of water.