I do remember that, but I have noticed over the years that the center of my frozen chicken and rice is the last thing to thaw. That kind of thing flies in the face of the whole "cook from the center" argument. I bet the tendency of things like sausages and hamsters to burst in the microwave furthered the misconception, but then lots of things will burst while being fried. I suppose a frozen dinner wouldn't burst while fried. It's container would melt releasing the steam that causes the bursting, but sausages will still burst while beinf fried.
Then there's that whole Deer fly fever thing that actually has nothing to do with deer fly. It's caused by ticks. You don't usually notice ticks biting you, but if you were bit by a tick, you most likely got noticiably bit by a deer fly too.