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(Mother Nature Network)   What unexpected science projects did you discover on National Clean Out Your Fridge Day?   ( divider line
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3787 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Nov 2013 at 11:12 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-16 11:04:28 AM  
4 votes:
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2013-11-16 08:39:08 AM  
2 votes:
I discovered a centimeter of mold growing on my toilet.

How did it even get in the fridge?
2013-11-16 06:59:14 PM  
1 vote:
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/see ya, space cowboy
2013-11-16 04:45:22 PM  
1 vote:

FrancoFile: [the_far_side_condiment_dance.gif]

I was more expecting the Farside "When potato salad goes bad!"

My story isn't technically fridge related per se....
My college roommate and I had this huge ass-trash bin that would slowly accumulate trash and turn it into mulch. This was made even slower because we didn't cook much (relevant to the story).

Anyways, after bickering whose turn it is to take out the trash for a few days -because the kitchen was really starting to stink- I break down first and take out the trash.

Stink is still there.

Two days later I don gloves, take the trash can out again, hose it down, spray it with some kind of disinfectant/deodorizer add a fresh bag and viola!

Stink is still there.

And getting worse.

After gagging every time I went into or passed thru the kitchen I started a scavenger hunt to find out just where the hell the stink was coming from. Hell, the whole house was starting to stink.

Open the fridge for the 10th time...nothing there.
Check the trash bin again. Nope, not it.
Can it be the oven? Again, like I said, we didn't cook much.


I almost fall over backwards.
I had tried my hand at cooking some rice. Batch was huge. I was really happy that I got the right softness to the rice. To keep it warm I had just placed the whole pot in the oven without switching the oven on.

That was two weeks previous.

I just took a deep breathe, grabbed the pot and threw it into the sink and turned on both the water and the disposer.
So help me God if whatever had taken on life in that Petri dish hadn't eaten thru the aluminum pot and the water was leaking thru very small wholes in the side.

It was nice to have a house that didn't stink again.
2013-11-16 03:15:40 PM  
1 vote:
I haven't cleaned out my fridge since I bought it 6 years ago and I'm not about to start now.
2013-11-16 03:09:41 PM  
1 vote:

sandbar67: One step ahead of you .... Last week the overload relay in my fridge went out and I had to throw everything in the fridge and freezer away.


Time to tell the microwave that lasagna ain't coming back?
2013-11-16 02:44:06 PM  
1 vote:
Americans have the biggest fridges in the world, we're saving it for later.
2013-11-16 02:20:51 PM  
1 vote:

cyberspacedout: There were footprints in the jello.

that's where refrigerator god carried you in your time of need, when you ran out of beer
2013-11-16 02:08:46 PM  
1 vote:
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.


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 02:00:13 PM  
1 vote:
There were footprints in the jello.
2013-11-16 12:01:23 PM  
1 vote:
It could be liver cake or wooly mammoth steak
Well, maybe I should another peek...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
2013-11-16 12:00:39 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:43:56 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:40:02 AM  
1 vote:
I can't participate for fear of unintentionally violating the Prime Directive.
2013-11-16 11:26:35 AM  
1 vote:
An unopened jar of 20+ year old Tostito's Salsa Verde. Quite possibly the last one in existence.
2013-11-16 11:25:12 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:17:07 AM  
1 vote:
I wonder if Jeffry Dahmer got the memo?
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