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2013-11-16 08:39:08 AM  
I discovered a centimeter of mold growing on my toilet.

How did it even get in the fridge?
 
2013-11-16 08:48:27 AM  
Space.
My fridge has been remarkably empty since I stopped filling it with coke and root beer.

Seriously, what else are you supposed to put in there?
 
2013-11-16 09:00:58 AM  
I don't ever have fridge experiments because of my childhood.  My parents' fridge never had any room for stuff because there was permanent stuff in it.  Things in margarine containers that were truly unidentifiable.  At one point there were items in it without barcodes and with paper price tags, and this was at LEAST a decade after barcodes were required on everything.  It's truly amazing I didn't die of some never-before-discovered super-food-poisoning.

And the really odd part?  I married a woman whose parents did the exact same thing.  We used to house-sit for them when they went on cruises, and the first time we went through their refrigerator, there was mayonnaise with a four-year-old expiration date.  Mayonnaise.
 
2013-11-16 10:54:06 AM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-11-16 11:04:28 AM  
www.craveonline.com
 
2013-11-16 11:13:47 AM  
I found Alec Baldwin.
 
2013-11-16 11:14:49 AM  
A tiny bottle of Dave's Insanity Sauce. Must be 5+ years old. Still hotter than fark.
 
2013-11-16 11:17:03 AM  
Tartar sauce
 
2013-11-16 11:17:07 AM  
I wonder if Jeffry Dahmer got the memo?
 
2013-11-16 11:18:30 AM  
"He almost danced to the fridge, found the three least hairy things in it, put them on a plate and watched them intently for two minutes. Since they made no attempt to move within that time he called them breakfast and ate them. Between them they killed a virulent space disease he'd picked up without knowing it in the Flargathon Gas Swamps a few days earlier, which otherwise would have killed off half the population of the Western Hemisphere, blinded the other half, and driven everyone else psychotic and sterile, so the Earth was lucky there."
 
2013-11-16 11:21:01 AM  
I don't know. It was unidentifiable.
 
2013-11-16 11:21:15 AM  
images.plurk.com
 
2013-11-16 11:24:06 AM  
How did I lose booze?

Came for Zul, leaving possessed.
 
2013-11-16 11:24:42 AM  
Well I don't own a fridge . Gave it up years ago .
 
2013-11-16 11:25:12 AM  
I found a Rube Goldberg machine. All my eggs are broken and my crisper is full of dominoes, but I didn't have to push the ice dispenser on my own, so I figure it was worth it.
 
2013-11-16 11:26:35 AM  
An unopened jar of 20+ year old Tostito's Salsa Verde. Quite possibly the last one in existence.
 
2013-11-16 11:26:41 AM  
I didn't know there was a 'National Clean Out Your Fridge Day" so whatever is in there is still festering and mutating.
 
2013-11-16 11:27:25 AM  

dahmers love zombie: I don't ever have fridge experiments because of my childhood.  My parents' fridge never had any room for stuff because there was permanent stuff in it.  Things in margarine containers that were truly unidentifiable.  At one point there were items in it without barcodes and with paper price tags, and this was at LEAST a decade after barcodes were required on everything.  It's truly amazing I didn't die of some never-before-discovered super-food-poisoning.

And the really odd part?  I married a woman whose parents did the exact same thing.  We used to house-sit for them when they went on cruises, and the first time we went through their refrigerator, there was mayonnaise with a four-year-old expiration date.  Mayonnaise.


I have an open bottle of hot sauce that I received in 2007 as a Christmas gift. It's 'XXX' hot so I basically use it in recipes that call for hot sauce, since I don't usually slather hot sauce on anything. Seems to still be good, and it will be moving to its third new address since I got it.
 
2013-11-16 11:29:13 AM  
 
2013-11-16 11:31:40 AM  
Well, I put a hair on the fridge's door with my spit, because I wanted my house-cleaner to deal with it rather than me and I wanted to see if she bothered to look/clean.  But, recently, I looked at that fridge and not only was my hair in place, but another hair was there and it was hers.

So, I gave in and I opened that fridge door and I gazed upon what had been rotting for months and I picked a couple of things, laid them on the table and watched to see if they moved.  They didn't so I called them "lunch" and I ate them.

Except, I missed one thing in that fridge and neglected to accept the consequences and it killed me.
 
2013-11-16 11:32:52 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-16 11:37:00 AM  
Our chest freezer was getting a bit full, and we wanted space in it for turkeys so last night we set out to get rid of stuff that probably wasn't any good anymore--We did find an open box of Boca Burgers that we had purchased when a vegetarian friend was coming over for a BBQ three houses ago. Oh, and a few freezer bags with turkey in it from last thanksgiving.

I think the conclusion we came to was that we need a bigger chest freezer, and should probably eat things that are stored in it more often than we do.
 
2013-11-16 11:40:02 AM  
I can't participate for fear of unintentionally violating the Prime Directive.
 
2013-11-16 11:42:51 AM  
 
2013-11-16 11:43:37 AM  

GoBadgers: A tiny bottle of Dave's Insanity Sauce. Must be 5+ years old. Still hotter than fark.


Why would you keep that in the fridge? It'll keep just fine in the cupboard or pantry.
 
2013-11-16 11:43:56 AM  
I found little astronaut figures inside the freezer iceberg. I must have been playing Spacemen Explore the Ice Planet and left them there.
 
2013-11-16 11:46:31 AM  

dahmers love zombie: I don't ever have fridge experiments because of my childhood.  My parents' fridge never had any room for stuff because there was permanent stuff in it.  Things in margarine containers that were truly unidentifiable.  At one point there were items in it without barcodes and with paper price tags, and this was at LEAST a decade after barcodes were required on everything.  It's truly amazing I didn't die of some never-before-discovered super-food-poisoning.

And the really odd part?  I married a woman whose parents did the exact same thing.  We used to house-sit for them when they went on cruises, and the first time we went through their refrigerator, there was mayonnaise with a four-year-old expiration date.  Mayonnaise.


Food poisoning usually comes from improperly handling uncooked food, not rotten food.  There are some things that can make you sick which could potentially grow in your fridge, such as C. botulinum, but the vast majority of bacteria and fungi in your fridge are considered non-pathogenic.  It's really a matter of biological niches if you think about it.  How things taste and smell is really a matter of whatever you're willing to put up with.
 
2013-11-16 11:48:10 AM  

zvoidx: [i.imgur.com image 302x300]


I would be interested to know the results when that science project is finished.
How can one  tell when/if Sour cream is bad - does it turn palatable ?
 
GBB
2013-11-16 11:59:50 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-16 12:00:39 PM  
I found some forgotten asparagus in the crisper.  I think it had started to melt. I threw it in the trash and then took the trash out to the bin in the garage.  I left the fridge door open and stayed in the garage until I was sure my wife had cleaned out the fluids that had accumulated.
 
2013-11-16 12:01:23 PM  
It could be liver cake or wooly mammoth steak
Well, maybe I should another peek...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 
2013-11-16 12:09:38 PM  
I'm not sure what it was. The Haz Mat team and CDC have not released their findings yet.
 
2013-11-16 12:12:42 PM  

unlikely: Space.
My fridge has been remarkably empty since I stopped filling it with coke and root beer.

Seriously, what else are you supposed to put in there?


Heroin and sarsaparilla?
 
2013-11-16 12:13:12 PM  
2 empty bottles of ketchup 3 empty ranch dressing and a bottle of Baileys that turned into cottage cheese
 
2013-11-16 12:18:23 PM  

LonMead: "... could be meat... could be cake... usually at a time like that, I'll bluff..."


"It'll turn up in something..."


GIS for "meatcake"

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-16 12:20:39 PM  

buzzcut73: Our chest freezer was getting a bit full, and we wanted space in it for turkeys so last night we set out to get rid of stuff that probably wasn't any good anymore--We did find an open box of Boca Burgers that we had purchased when a vegetarian friend was coming over for a BBQ three houses ago. Oh, and a few freezer bags with turkey in it from last thanksgiving.

I think the conclusion we came to was that we need a bigger chest freezer, and should probably eat things that are stored in it more often than we do.


You can turn the old chest freezer into a wicked kegerator.  Plenty of plans out on the interwebs for doing that over a weekend.
 
2013-11-16 12:32:55 PM  
"It's not totally empty. There's a chia pet in there."

"Guys, that's not a chia pet. That was a meat loaf. But there's always Mom's aluminum foil wrapped mystery pack."

"Oh, wow, they're gonna eat the mystery pack. Even Dad won't eat the mystery pack. These guys are cool!"
 
2013-11-16 12:39:41 PM  

Whatthefark: "It's not totally empty. There's a chia pet in there."

"Guys, that's not a chia pet. That was a meat loaf. But there's always Mom's aluminum foil wrapped mystery pack."

"Oh, wow, they're gonna eat the mystery pack. Even Dad won't eat the mystery pack. These guys are cool!"


I don't think I've ever laughed so much at an episode of Married with Children.

"It came out of the refrigerator, but it's hot!"
 
2013-11-16 12:48:42 PM  
garbage doesn't get picked up until monday, why am i going to clean the stanky stuff out on a friday?
 
2013-11-16 01:14:23 PM  

doglover: I discovered a centimeter of mold growing on my toilet.

How did it even get in the fridge?


A centimeter? Pft, amateur.
 
2013-11-16 01:16:33 PM  
Just a few minutes ago, I peeked in the fridge two separate times to verify that YES, something was growing in the Tupperware bowl in the far, far back.  I can see through the bowl enough to know that whatever is in there has taken over, and the whole thing, bowl and creature, are going directly into the trash.  This has been happening far too frequently.  I am a science teacher, too, but I don't think I want to study any of these little plastic terrariums.  I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.

I feel so wasteful.
 
2013-11-16 01:24:29 PM  

bsteiny: Just a few minutes ago, I peeked in the fridge two separate times to verify that YES, something was growing in the Tupperware bowl in the far, far back.  I can see through the bowl enough to know that whatever is in there has taken over, and the whole thing, bowl and creature, are going directly into the trash.  This has been happening far too frequently.  I am a science teacher, too, but I don't think I want to study any of these little plastic terrariums.  I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.

I feel so wasteful.


You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens
 
2013-11-16 01:42:02 PM  
Moldy strawberries that had fallen way into the back and hidden for a week or two.  I'm usually very good about clearing out leftovers.  I also help clear out my sister's fridge.  Ready-made home meals are so delicious and convenient.
 
2013-11-16 01:42:26 PM  

Smoking GNU: bsteiny: Just a few minutes ago, I peeked in the fridge two separate times to verify that YES, something was growing in the Tupperware bowl in the far, far back.  I can see through the bowl enough to know that whatever is in there has taken over, and the whole thing, bowl and creature, are going directly into the trash.  This has been happening far too frequently.  I am a science teacher, too, but I don't think I want to study any of these little plastic terrariums.  I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.

I feel so wasteful.

You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens


Make sure to record your results to share with the class.

My most recent wonderment found lurking behind all the mustard and hot sauce bottles was a home-made jar of chili pequin jam made some time during the Clinton Administration. I am afraid to throw it out because I'm pretty sure touching the glass without proper protective gear will cause instant blisters.
 
2013-11-16 01:55:27 PM  

bsteiny: I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.


I figure the only thing that's going to happen to yogurt is that its yogurt-nature will increase.
 
2013-11-16 02:00:13 PM  
There were footprints in the jello.
 
2013-11-16 02:08:26 PM  
[the_far_side_condiment_dance.gif]
 
2013-11-16 02:08:46 PM  
Once upon a time, I had a dorm fridge I was no longer using, and we had a computer lab with no fridge. I saw an opportunity for public service, and brought the fridge in.

We used it for a couple of years, and all was well. At some point, though, we got a piece of equipment that needed an outlet, and someone unplugged the fridge. (I was away at the time.)

Apparently, either nobody noticed, or nobody could be bothered to do anything about, the bag lunch in the back of the fridge.

For WEEKS AND WEEKS.

Some time later, someone asked if I wanted to reclaim the fridge, since it was no longer in use. Made sense to me. But when I picked it up, I heard a sloshing, flopping noise. I opened the door to see what was inside.

I suppose I should regret having done so while the fridge was still in the lab, instead of outside. But I don't. I know that at least some of the folks in the lab could have checked the fridge when it was first unplugged, or sometime in the days and weeks thereafter. Fark them all, and too bad about the innocent bystanders.

Leaving the lab folks to clean up after themselves, I took the fridge out into the bright sunshine, and opened it to inspect its contents -- an extra-large Jell-O chia surprise, with a chewy paper-bag center. I fished it out with a long stick, tipped the fridge so the marinade could slide out instead of having to crawl under its own power, and went out to buy a gallon of Clorox. Amazingly, nobody stole the fridge while I was gone.

Clorox, the miracle hazmat, did the trick; after some conventional cleaning, baking soda, and time, the fridge didn't even smell bad. I ended up selling it to a classmate when his first child was born. (Yes, he knew the whole story.)
 
2013-11-16 02:13:44 PM  
"Who wants a sandwich? I got brown or green.
What's the green?
Either very new cheese or very old meat.
I'll have the brown"
 
2013-11-16 02:18:04 PM  
I found an open can of tomato sauce that had completely turned to green mold from the top of the can to the bottem
 
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