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->''[[NoFourthWall "This expired milk is a important plot point!]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment On a show about ninjas!]] *drinks* [[LampshadeHanging "Man, thats GOOD food poisoning!"]]''
-->-- '''Naruto Uzumaki''', ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow''

A comedy trope, in which a character buys, sells, or consumes food products that expired a comically long time ago, years, decades, or even [[UpToEleven centuries]] in the past. For the horrible consequences that usually follow, see TheFoodPoisoningIncident. Contrast IndestructibleEdible.
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* In one episode of ''Manga/LupinIII'', Lupin steals a two century old bottle of rare French wine that was laid down by Napoleon, and was to be given as a gift to the President of the United States, swapping it out with a cheap bottle of store bought wine. After a successful heist, Lupin watches the president drinking the cheap wine and calling it "remarkable" on TV. He then laughs to himself and tries a glass of the real wine... but finds that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': In an early episode/chapter, Naruto finds himself running for the toilet constantly throughout the entire episode, usually leading to [[ToiletHumor comical hijinks]]. At the end of the episode, his teacher discovers that the milk he drank that morning had expired a long time ago.
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* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon claims that he looked danger right in the face and laughed. Garfield then [[BreakingTheFourthWall lets the readers know]] that Jon drank milk that was past the expiration date.
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* ''DownPeriscope''
-->'''Pascal:''' Goddammit, Buckman, this tin's been here since Korea!
-->'''Buckman:''' What's the matter, sir? It still tastes like creamed corn...
-->'''Pascal:''' Except, it's DEVILED HAM!
* ''The Odd Couple'' gave us this scene. It's poker night in Oscars apartment, cigar smoke fills the air:
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' I'm in for a quarter.
-->'''Murray:''' Aren't you going to look at your cards first?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' What for? I'm gonna bluff anyway. Who gets a Pepsi?
-->'''Murray:''' I get a Pepsi.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
-->'''Roy:''' You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
-->'''Murray:''' What do you got?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' (checks plate of pre-made sandwiches) I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
-->'''Murray:''' What's the green?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
-->'''Murray:''' I'll take the brown.


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* In ''SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Arthur returns to his home after years in space, and eats "the three least green furry things" in the fridge for breakfast.
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer eats an ancient hot dog from the concession stand of a really old movie theater, to which the cashier responds "Are you out of your mind? That hot dog's been here since [[SilentMovie the silent era]], you'd have to be insane to eat it." [[TheFoodPoisoningIncident Predictably, Kramer becomes rather ill after tasting it.]]
** Another ''Seinfeld'' example: After developing a craving for eating cake in the afternoon, Elaine consumes a piece of leftover wedding cake ... from the wedding of King Edward VIII ... that's worth $29,000 ... and over 60 years old.
-->'''Peterman:''' Elaine, I have a question for you. Is the item still with you?
-->'''Elaine:''' Umm, as far as I know.
-->'''Peterman:''' Do you know what happens to a butter-based frosting after six decades in a poorly ventilated English basement?
-->'''Elaine:''' Uhh, I guess I hadn't...
-->'''Peterman:''' Well, I have a feeling what you are about to go through is punishment enough.
* On ''Series/{{NewsRadio}}'', Bill buys stale sandwiches from an old sandwich vending machine, on purpose. He likes them because [[FreudianExcuse they remind him of his childhood]].
* On ''Carter Country'', the group is accidentally [[LockedInARoom locked in a bank vault overnight]]. The mayor pulls out his SafeDepositBox, where he has stored a bottle of wine for many, many years. After taking a sip he says, "[Vintage year]. A fine year for vinegar."
* In the short-lived 1997 ABC comedy ''TeenAngel'', Marty dies and becomes the title character after eating a six-month-old hamburger found under his friend Steve's bed.
* A frequent topic of complaining on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is the food, some of which (it is claimed) came from WWII or even WWI.
* ''Series/CornerGas'': Hank and Brent find a "Dingle Puff" with an expiry date in 1973. Oscar plays a prank on them by making them think he ate it.
* Hal from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' makes the mistake of eating canned food donated to the family and requires a trip to the ER when Lois checks the can and discovers [[IAteWhat the "olives" he was eating were actually peaches]].
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* All Pre-War Food in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}} 3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is this, since it's aged more than 200 years. No horrible consequences, however, because it was sterilized by intense radiation. Unless you count consuming trace amounts of radioactive isotopes to be horrible consequences.
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* Tim Buckley's ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' comic from 4 February 2003 has Ethan consuming breakfast cereal that expired in May 1985. Lucas hypothesizes that consuming mold-culture cereal has made Ethan more delusional and sociopathic than usual.
* In ''{{Freefall}}'', Sam loves past expiration date food. His being a scavenger race probably causes this.
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* ''[[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Brad Tries]]'' is all about the titular host consuming food and drink that's either from exotic countries, or was discontinued decades ago, like [[AnyoneRememberPogs Crystal Pepsi]] from 1993 for example.
* Likewise, [[Creator/StuartAshen Ashens]] has a track record of at least tasting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GNtXN3YfdY chocolate]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z_2zRwWIug bubblegum]] a decade or two past their expiry dates.
* On ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', this is parodied and lampshaded. See the quote above.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai and Rigby find cans of soda from 1984 in their attic.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'', Rocko drinks clam juice that expired in 1978. He then [[MushroomSamba hallucinates]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones the Great Gazoo]].
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' that was making fun of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', we learn that Apu sells products that are over a decade old. "And the clerk who runs the store, can charge a little more for milk (for milk) and meat (and meat) from 1984!"
* In a ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' cartoon, Garfield stops Jon from cleaning out his refrigerator because (Garfield claims) some of the food has historical value: The mustard was used to disinfect wounds during the American Civil War.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Buster has a "collection" of interesting-looking and potentially delicious food, all of which is old and stinky. Periodically, his mother throws it all out.
* The end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' had all the safety patrollers hanging out at Ingrid's house. O'Farrel is eating raw cookie dough out of a carton that the others remark is decades old. Ingrid goes on to recite the ingredients from memory and reassures him that the dough contains enough preservatives to outlast the Sphinx.
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->''[[NoFourthWall "This expired milk is a important plot point!]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment On a show about ninjas!]] *drinks* [[LampshadeHanging "Man, thats GOOD food poisoning!"]]''
-->-- '''Naruto Uzumaki''', ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow''

A comedy trope, in which a character buys, sells, or consumes food products that expired a comically long time ago, years, decades, or even [[UpToEleven centuries]] in the past. For the horrible consequences that usually follow, see TheFoodPoisoningIncident. Contrast IndestructibleEdible.
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!!Examples
[[foldercontrol]]
[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In one episode of ''Manga/LupinIII'', Lupin steals a two century old bottle of rare French wine that was laid down by Napoleon, and was to be given as a gift to the President of the United States, swapping it out with a cheap bottle of store bought wine. After a successful heist, Lupin watches the president drinking the cheap wine and calling it "remarkable" on TV. He then laughs to himself and tries a glass of the real wine... but finds that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': In an early episode/chapter, Naruto finds himself running for the toilet constantly throughout the entire episode, usually leading to [[ToiletHumor comical hijinks]]. At the end of the episode, his teacher discovers that the milk he drank that morning had expired a long time ago.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon claims that he looked danger right in the face and laughed. Garfield then [[BreakingTheFourthWall lets the readers know]] that Jon drank milk that was past the expiration date.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''DownPeriscope''
-->'''Pascal:''' Goddammit, Buckman, this tin's been here since Korea!
-->'''Buckman:''' What's the matter, sir? It still tastes like creamed corn...
-->'''Pascal:''' Except, it's DEVILED HAM!
* ''The Odd Couple'' gave us this scene. It's poker night in Oscars apartment, cigar smoke fills the air:
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' I'm in for a quarter.
-->'''Murray:''' Aren't you going to look at your cards first?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' What for? I'm gonna bluff anyway. Who gets a Pepsi?
-->'''Murray:''' I get a Pepsi.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
-->'''Roy:''' You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
-->'''Murray:''' What do you got?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' (checks plate of pre-made sandwiches) I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
-->'''Murray:''' What's the green?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
-->'''Murray:''' I'll take the brown.


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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Arthur returns to his home after years in space, and eats "the three least green furry things" in the fridge for breakfast.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer eats an ancient hot dog from the concession stand of a really old movie theater, to which the cashier responds "Are you out of your mind? That hot dog's been here since [[SilentMovie the silent era]], you'd have to be insane to eat it." [[TheFoodPoisoningIncident Predictably, Kramer becomes rather ill after tasting it.]]
** Another ''Seinfeld'' example: After developing a craving for eating cake in the afternoon, Elaine consumes a piece of leftover wedding cake ... from the wedding of King Edward VIII ... that's worth $29,000 ... and over 60 years old.
-->'''Peterman:''' Elaine, I have a question for you. Is the item still with you?
-->'''Elaine:''' Umm, as far as I know.
-->'''Peterman:''' Do you know what happens to a butter-based frosting after six decades in a poorly ventilated English basement?
-->'''Elaine:''' Uhh, I guess I hadn't...
-->'''Peterman:''' Well, I have a feeling what you are about to go through is punishment enough.
* On ''Series/{{NewsRadio}}'', Bill buys stale sandwiches from an old sandwich vending machine, on purpose. He likes them because [[FreudianExcuse they remind him of his childhood]].
* On ''Carter Country'', the group is accidentally [[LockedInARoom locked in a bank vault overnight]]. The mayor pulls out his SafeDepositBox, where he has stored a bottle of wine for many, many years. After taking a sip he says, "[Vintage year]. A fine year for vinegar."
* In the short-lived 1997 ABC comedy ''TeenAngel'', Marty dies and becomes the title character after eating a six-month-old hamburger found under his friend Steve's bed.
* A frequent topic of complaining on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is the food, some of which (it is claimed) came from WWII or even WWI.
* ''Series/CornerGas'': Hank and Brent find a "Dingle Puff" with an expiry date in 1973. Oscar plays a prank on them by making them think he ate it.
* Hal from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' makes the mistake of eating canned food donated to the family and requires a trip to the ER when Lois checks the can and discovers [[IAteWhat the "olives" he was eating were actually peaches]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* All Pre-War Food in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}} 3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is this, since it's aged more than 200 years. No horrible consequences, however, because it was sterilized by intense radiation. Unless you count consuming trace amounts of radioactive isotopes to be horrible consequences.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Tim Buckley's ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' comic from 4 February 2003 has Ethan consuming breakfast cereal that expired in May 1985. Lucas hypothesizes that consuming mold-culture cereal has made Ethan more delusional and sociopathic than usual.
* In ''{{Freefall}}'', Sam loves past expiration date food. His being a scavenger race probably causes this.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Brad Tries]]'' is all about the titular host consuming food and drink that's either from exotic countries, or was discontinued decades ago, like [[AnyoneRememberPogs Crystal Pepsi]] from 1993 for example.
* Likewise, [[Creator/StuartAshen Ashens]] has a track record of at least tasting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GNtXN3YfdY chocolate]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z_2zRwWIug bubblegum]] a decade or two past their expiry dates.
* On ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', this is parodied and lampshaded. See the quote above.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai and Rigby find cans of soda from 1984 in their attic.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'', Rocko drinks clam juice that expired in 1978. He then [[MushroomSamba hallucinates]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones the Great Gazoo]].
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' that was making fun of ''Film/MaryPoppins'', we learn that Apu sells products that are over a decade old. "And the clerk who runs the store, can charge a little more for milk (for milk) and meat (and meat) from 1984!"
* In a ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' cartoon, Garfield stops Jon from cleaning out his refrigerator because (Garfield claims) some of the food has historical value: The mustard was used to disinfect wounds during the American Civil War.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Buster has a "collection" of interesting-looking and potentially delicious food, all of which is old and stinky. Periodically, his mother throws it all out.
* The end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' had all the safety patrollers hanging out at Ingrid's house. O'Farrel is eating raw cookie dough out of a carton that the others remark is decades old. Ingrid goes on to recite the ingredients from memory and reassures him that the dough contains enough preservatives to outlast the Sphinx.
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* ''[[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Brad Tries]]'' is all about the titular host consuming food and drink that's either from exotic countries, or was discontinued decades ago, like [[AnyoneRememberPogs Crystal Pepsi]] from 1993 for example.

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* ''[[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob Brad Tries]]'' is all about the titular host consuming food and drink that's either from exotic countries, or was discontinued decades ago, like [[AnyoneRememberPogs Crystal Pepsi]] from 1993 for example. example.
* Likewise, [[Creator/StuartAshen Ashens]] has a track record of at least tasting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GNtXN3YfdY chocolate]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z_2zRwWIug bubblegum]] a decade or two past their expiry dates.
19th Jul '13 11:10:43 AM MJMILLER
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* ''The Odd Couple'' gave us this scene. It's poker night in Oscars apartment, cigar smoke fills the air:
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' I'm in for a quarter.
-->'''Murray:''' Aren't you going to look at your cards first?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' What for? I'm gonna bluff anyway. Who gets a Pepsi?
-->'''Murray:''' I get a Pepsi.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
-->'''Roy:''' You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
-->'''Murray:''' What do you got?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' (checks plate of pre-made sandwiches) I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
-->'''Murray:''' What's the green?
-->'''Oscar Madison:''' It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
-->'''Murray:''' I'll take the brown.

14th Jul '13 8:47:21 AM crazysamaritan
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* In one episode of ''Anime/LupinIII'', Lupin steals a two century old bottle of rare French wine that was laid down by Napoleon, and was to be given as a gift to the President of the United States, swapping it out with a cheap bottle of store bought wine. After a successful heist, Lupin watches the president drinking the cheap wine and calling it "remarkable" on TV. He then laughs to himself and tries a glass of the real wine... but finds that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.

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* In one episode of ''Anime/LupinIII'', ''Manga/LupinIII'', Lupin steals a two century old bottle of rare French wine that was laid down by Napoleon, and was to be given as a gift to the President of the United States, swapping it out with a cheap bottle of store bought wine. After a successful heist, Lupin watches the president drinking the cheap wine and calling it "remarkable" on TV. He then laughs to himself and tries a glass of the real wine... but finds that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.
7th Jul '13 7:39:05 PM BigRobotBil
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* Hal from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' makes the mistake of eating canned food donated to the family and requires a trip to the ER when Lois checks the can and discovers [[IAteWhat the "olives" he was eating were actually peaches]].
23rd Jun '13 5:01:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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A comedy trope, in which a character buys, sells, or consumes food products that expired a comically long time ago, years, decades, or even [[UpToEleven centuries]] in the past. For the horrible consequences that usually follow, see TheFoodPoisoningIncident.

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A comedy trope, in which a character buys, sells, or consumes food products that expired a comically long time ago, years, decades, or even [[UpToEleven centuries]] in the past. For the horrible consequences that usually follow, see TheFoodPoisoningIncident. Contrast IndestructibleEdible.
11th Jun '13 3:21:26 PM Goldfritha
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* In ''{{Freefall}}'', Sam loves past expiration date food. His being a scavenger race probably causes this.
31st May '13 5:32:17 PM evil_cucumber
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