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2013-10-17 04:24:19 PM
Heh, that's awesome.
 
2013-10-17 04:30:29 PM
So it's just like the average work refridgerator. Good to know!
 
2013-10-17 04:30:46 PM
That was somebody's stash. : /
www.studio.to
 
2013-10-17 04:31:36 PM
www.overthinkingit.com
 
2013-10-17 04:31:39 PM
Well at least they were sucking back BPA while telling everyone it was safe, too.
 
2013-10-17 04:32:02 PM
A few years ago, I was helping my mom clean out her fridge.  In the back of the top shelf, I found a jar of pickled pigs' feet from 1973.
 
2013-10-17 04:33:28 PM
Farking fridge Nazis. I was just about to eat that!
 
2013-10-17 04:35:30 PM
Why would you keep a can of soup in the refrigerator?
 
2013-10-17 04:35:53 PM
If it's "everyone's responsibility" then it's no one's responsibility.   Employee refrigerators can really suck.   So, some good person in the office will take care of it, and then get fired for not being productive at their actual job.
 
2013-10-17 04:36:12 PM
a 16-year-old can of soup, which was discovered in one of the headquarter's refrigerators during the government shutdown.

OK...if it's in a bowl or something, sure, but who puts a can of soup in the 'fridge?
 
2013-10-17 04:36:21 PM
When I started in my current job 6 years ago I found a bottle of generic aspirin that expired in August 1983.  I still have it, it just turned 30 a few months ago!
 
2013-10-17 04:37:12 PM

Lou Brown: Why would you keep a can of soup in the refrigerator?


The same reason you keep ketchup, eggs, and garlic there.
 
2013-10-17 04:39:43 PM
i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.
 
2013-10-17 04:40:00 PM

super_grass: Lou Brown: Why would you keep a can of soup in the refrigerator?

The same reason you keep ketchup, eggs, and garlic there.


Because you have no idea what is shelf stable?
 
2013-10-17 04:40:53 PM
When my parents moved about 9 years ago I was helping to clear out the basement and found green beans and corn from the 80s and some smukers goobers (peanut butter and jelly in the same jar!) from around the same time. Looked ok but I sure as hell wasnt going to try it.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-10-17 04:40:57 PM
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2013-10-17 04:41:35 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Farking fridge Nazis. I was just about to eat that!


That's what I'm screaming!  Expiration date schmexpiration date!
 
2013-10-17 04:42:45 PM

crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.


Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?
 
2013-10-17 04:43:20 PM
This is like my father-in-law's house. Dude has canned goods that expired ten years ago...and wonders why we go shopping every time we visit.
 
2013-10-17 04:45:35 PM

super_grass: Lou Brown: Why would you keep a can of soup in the refrigerator?

The same reason you keep ketchup, eggs, and garlic there.


This is a fridge at work. Someone brought a can of soup in one morning and worried it would go bad between 8am and lunch? Also, it's still really weird to keep caned soup in a fridge since it has a shelf life of months. You may as well keep dry crackers and your breakfast cereal in there if you're that worried about spoilage.
 
2013-10-17 04:46:57 PM

lewismarktwo: super_grass: Lou Brown: Why would you keep a can of soup in the refrigerator?

The same reason you keep ketchup, eggs, and garlic there.

Because you have no idea what is shelf stable?


Chilled salt prevents the absorption of moisture. That is why I keep my morton's in the freezer.
 
2013-10-17 04:49:30 PM

Silent But Deadly: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?


How would I open a mummified mouse?
 
2013-10-17 04:50:29 PM

Silent But Deadly: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?


Who the hell would want to open a mouse?
 
JVD
2013-10-17 04:50:56 PM
It was canned, what is the big deal? I don't think this one deserves a sick tag. If the can wasn't bulged I'm sure it was fine. I've eaten canned goods that are years "expired" before.
 
2013-10-17 04:51:32 PM
1 minute from a Grammar Nazi reunion. Funny, but could have been hilarious.
 
2013-10-17 04:52:17 PM

crotchgrabber: Silent But Deadly: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?

How would I open a mummified mouse?


Rats! So close.
 
2013-10-17 04:52:35 PM
I hope it was clam chowder.
 
2013-10-17 04:53:00 PM

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: [www.overthinkingit.com image 627x474]


Hey man, Ed thought it still tasted good.
 
2013-10-17 04:54:05 PM

Slypork: Silent But Deadly: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?

Who the hell would want to open a mouse?


And why would it be fizzy?
 
2013-10-17 04:56:06 PM
I spent some time as IT support for an environmental, health and safety department in a major company.  As I was getting ready to leave for the day, one of the managers was laughing hysterically.  Being curious, I wondered what was up and asked him.  He told me "Go read your email".  So, I went back to my office and looked at my email.  The lone new email was from one of our California managers.  He was reporting a major EHS event - it seems that one of the break room refrigerators had failed during a power outage three weeks before and an administrative assistant had taken it upon herself to clean it out.  This action resulted in the evacuation of a three story building, eight people transported to a local hospital after being overcome by the stench of the rotted contents of the malfunctioning refrigerator and a full on hazmat response by the local fire department.

Depending on flavor, that can of soup could have contained botulism spores.  That is indeed a major issue.
 
2013-10-17 05:00:14 PM

crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.


According to http://beerdates.com/Missouri#Anheuser-Busch they didn't start using a best by date until 1996? Before that was apparently a date of manufacture?
 
2013-10-17 05:00:18 PM

crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.


Nice.  I have two of these babies in my office:

www.muskegohistory.org
 
2013-10-17 05:03:31 PM
Guess the giant "DO NOT TOUCH MY STUFF" sticky note worked.
 
2013-10-17 05:09:22 PM

JVD: It was canned, what is the big deal? I don't think this one deserves a sick tag. If the can wasn't bulged I'm sure it was fine. I've eaten canned goods that are years "expired" before.


And now your name has no vowels!  You poor bastard.
 
2013-10-17 05:12:07 PM

Primerpony: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

According to http://beerdates.com/Missouri#Anheuser-Busch they didn't start using a best by date until 1996? Before that was apparently a date of manufacture?


You're probably right. I remember a date on it, and I distinctly remember it not saying "best by" or anything like that. I wonder when they started putting best by dates on mice.
 
2013-10-17 05:12:18 PM
Can of soup? Bah. When the fridge was cleaned out at my office a few years ago, we found soy coffee creamer from 1992, some hot sauce from the mid 90s, and some other random stuff from around 2000.
 
2013-10-17 05:22:18 PM
We have a regularly scheduled clean-out of out work frigs once a quarter.  Anything not labeled and dated is thrown out.
 
2013-10-17 05:24:09 PM

JVD: If the can wasn't bulged I'm sure it was fine


Some people won't eat it 'til it starts to bulge.

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2013-10-17 05:27:09 PM
my ex gf keeps some of her dad's beer in the fridge
he died many moons ago
don't wanna be around if he comes back for it
 
2013-10-17 05:30:48 PM
1997?  That's not fridge cleaning.  That's archaeology!

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2013-10-17 05:33:43 PM

Rhypskallion: If it's "everyone's responsibility" then it's no one's responsibility.   Employee refrigerators can really suck.   So, some good person in the office will take care of it, and then get fired for not being productive at their actual job.


I am a hazardous waste disposal technican who once got fired (from a temp job in a bank, which is what started me on this road to telling office mice to suck it) for that very reason, so I congratulate you on youe astuteness.
/also, the computers were down, so none of us were being productive in our actual jobs anyway, but the boss found that irrelevant. Also irrelevant: that she could have just let it slide as we waited for IT to get it together, or sent me home early...or basically anything except what she did, complain that I wasn't giving her money's worth...
 
2013-10-17 05:41:31 PM
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woo hoo!

/subby
//I've wasted my life
 
2013-10-17 05:52:24 PM
Wow.  I thought my cake mix from 2010 was bad.
 
2013-10-17 06:21:29 PM
The inspection Nazis at my office come through every six months so there's no way we could do that.
 
2013-10-17 06:46:39 PM
Terry Tate about to bring the pain train on some soup-stealin fool!
 
2013-10-17 07:17:52 PM

highendmighty: A few years ago, I was helping my mom clean out her fridge.  In the back of the top shelf, I found a jar of pickled pigs' feet from 1973.


Heh!

Back in 2000 when I moved in with my former roommate I helped him clean out the kitchen cupboards & the side-by-side refridgerator/freezer, mostly in an effort to track down some unpleasant odors that could be smelled from outside the front door (a good 10 feet away). Amongst other things I found a box of Betty Crocker cake mix that not only was from 1983, but it was a variety they no longer offered. There were several packages of stick margarine in the freezer that had a pull date from the early 1990s, those bought & apparently forgot about by a previous roommate.

There were several badly freezer burned packages of venison, but the worse was what caused the bad odor in the first place. One of my roommate's friends had given him some frozen salmon to take home, but instead of putting it in the freezer until he was readly to eat it he stuck it in the fridge, where it thawed, then started to go bad as time went by. Between the awful odor that caused, plus leftovers his mom had given him that been in the fridge so long that they looked like science experiments it was no surprise you could smell the foul odor outside.

All in all it took me three days of scrubbing down the fridge & freezer multiple time & putting charcoal briquets in both sections (boxes of baking soda weren't sufficient) before it was odor free. I haven't lived there since 2003, but I wonder how bad it is now.
 
2013-10-17 07:24:46 PM

Bathia_Mapes: All in all it took me three days of scrubbing down the fridge & freezer multiple time & putting charcoal briquets in both sections (boxes of baking soda weren't sufficient) before it was odor free. I haven't lived there since 2003, but I wonder how bad it is now.


There's a point where you just have to let it go, because man, it's gone.
 
2013-10-17 08:34:49 PM

Praise Cheesus: I spent some time as IT support for an environmental, health and safety department in a major company.  As I was getting ready to leave for the day, one of the managers was laughing hysterically.  Being curious, I wondered what was up and asked him.  He told me "Go read your email".  So, I went back to my office and looked at my email.  The lone new email was from one of our California managers.  He was reporting a major EHS event - it seems that one of the break room refrigerators had failed during a power outage three weeks before and an administrative assistant had taken it upon herself to clean it out.  This action resulted in the evacuation of a three story building, eight people transported to a local hospital after being overcome by the stench of the rotted contents of the malfunctioning refrigerator and a full on hazmat response by the local fire department.

Depending on flavor, that can of soup could have contained botulism spores.  That is indeed a major issue.


AT&T?
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-05-12-office-fridge_ N. htm
 
2013-10-17 08:50:20 PM
Unopened canned goods are pretty much good till it rusts through. The steamboat Arabia went down in the 1850s and then it was excavated in like the 1980s or so and the canned goods aboard tested safe to eat.
 
2013-10-17 09:11:41 PM

Slypork: Silent But Deadly: crotchgrabber: i do some volunteer work for a local non profit. I was cleaning up one of our buildings and I found a can of Budweiser that had a twenty year old best by date on it. Right next to a mummified mouse.

Did you at least open it to see if it was still fizzy and find out what it smelled like?

Who the hell would want to open a mouse?


Well, what if your Barbie needs a fur coat and you're in third grade and find a dead mouse under the bed? You wouldn't just let that mouse go to waste, no sir.
 
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