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30th Dec '15 3:42:48 PM henry42
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* In somewhat of a subversion, in a later ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' sequel, Arthur Dent eats the least hairy things in his fridge after returning to Earth after a long expedition in space, thus killing a disease which would have otherwise wiped out half a hemisphere.
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* In somewhat of a subversion, in a later ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' sequel, Arthur Dent eats the least hairy things in his fridge after returning to Earth after a long expedition in space, thus killing unknowingly curing himself of a disease which would have otherwise wiped out half a hemisphere.
24th Dec '15 3:52:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the original version of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Gonzo goes to SpecialGuest John Denver for help, saying he thinks his mold garden is plotting against him. He claims the talking, mobile fungus appeared because he forgot to clean his refrigerator before going on vacation, and the moldy food that resulted was "too cute to throw away". (Then the fungus appears, telling him they need the refrigerator light replaced, again, because "we were playing puffball and Reggie hit a ''long'' one.")
17th Dec '15 4:05:33 PM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]] * ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s episode "Toys In The Attic" features a crawling, slimy fridge monster, born from an old fridge with a rock lobster in it that was left abandoned for so long it managed to breed complex organisms. The fridge was unplugged and in storage. The [[AnAesop lesson of the story]] is probably the most useful ever to come from TV: Don't leave stuff in broken refrigerators, or it will go bad. ** Arguably subverted by the end, however, when it's implied that it was AllJustADream. ** The fridge returns in ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', where the mold monster was quickly eaten by Meow.
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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]] * ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s episode "Toys In The in the Attic" features a crawling, slimy fridge monster, born from an old fridge with a rock lobster in it that was left abandoned for so long it managed to breed complex organisms. The fridge was unplugged and in storage. The [[AnAesop lesson of the story]] is probably the most useful ever to come from TV: Don't leave stuff in broken refrigerators, or it will go bad. ** bad. Arguably subverted by the end, however, when it's implied that it was AllJustADream. ** * The fridge returns in ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', where the mold monster was is quickly eaten by Meow.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]] [[folder:Comedy]] * ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s episode "Toys In The Attic" features Creator/GeorgeCarlin's bit on "meatcake". * Danish stand-up comedian Thomas Wivel once joked that when he was a crawling, slimy bachelor he only opened the fridge monster, born from an old fridge with a rock lobster in it that was left abandoned for so long it managed to breed complex organisms. The fridge was unplugged and in storage. The [[AnAesop lesson of feed the story]] is probably the most useful ever to come from TV: Don't leave stuff in broken refrigerators, or it will go bad. ** Arguably subverted by the end, however, when it's implied that it was AllJustADream. ** The fridge returns in ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', where the mold monster was quickly eaten by Meow.cheese. [[/folder]]

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[[folder: Fan Fiction]][[folder:Comic Strips]] * ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'' has used this trope more than once. ** LethalChef (aside from his Lasagna, of course) Jon must be using some ''weird'' ingredients; one of them even held him and Odie at gunpoint. ** He also apparently doesn't clean the fridge out [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/2003-01-30 anywhere near frequently enough]]. ** [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/1987-07-19 The Coleslaw That Time Forgot]]. Deep within the frozen wastes it lurks... ** [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/1990-11-15 Cleaning out the fridge]] in Jon's household apparently takes some [[KillItWithFire extreme measures]]... ** Sometimes it produces [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/2013-07-10 dishonest leftovers.]] ** Sometimes it gets downright dangerous, like in [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/1985-03-01 this case]] or [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/1989-09-10 this one.]] ** [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/2011-06-26 And sometimes it get really out of hand.]] ** [[http://garfield.com/index.php/comic/2013-09-05 Even professionals have trouble dealing with Jon's fridge.]] * ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' shows what violence can ensue "when potato salad goes bad." * ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' featured many food based battles. Including the food trying to kill him first and him chasing the food attempting to kill it. (one can only imagine what it was before the horrible cooking attempt) * ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'': The Wizard has this problem in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/04/30 this strip]], where the tuna salad tries to sell Blanche life insurance. * The rats' fridge in ''{{Swamp}}'' -->"Careful, fridge mould can sense fear!!" * ''ComicStrip/PiranhaClub'''s {{LethalChef}} Effie has caused this at least once. -->"The problem with eight-year-old squid leftovers is you have to kill them again before you can eat them." * A storyline in ''ComicStrip/{{Monty}}'', or ''Robotman'' as it was still known then, had Moondog deal with this problem, as a jar of beandip had achieved sentience and escaped from his fridge. He had seen it before but ignored it, but the situation had now turned dire as the beandip was now "fully grown". [[/folder]] [[folder:Fan Works]]

[[folder:Film]] * ''Film/TheNakedGun'' did a gag about this, with Lt. Drebin briefly keeling over after sniffing some three-year-old Chinese food from his fridge. If you look very closely at the very end of that scene, as the camera zooms in on Lt. Drebin's face, you can see a steak on top of the fridge ... crawling on its own. * It wasn't caused by poor housekeeping, but ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' had a demon god and hell dimension hidden in Creator/SigourneyWeaver's fridge. There are no cold cuts, only ZUUL!! ** Of course, when Venkman inspects her fridge later on, he does tease her about her eating habits.
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[[folder:Film]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * ''Film/TheNakedGun'' did does a gag about this, with Lt. Drebin briefly keeling over after sniffing some three-year-old Chinese food from his fridge. If you look very closely at the very end of that scene, as the camera zooms in on Lt. Drebin's face, you can see a steak on top of the fridge ...fridge... crawling on its own. * It wasn't caused by poor housekeeping, but ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' had has a demon god and hell dimension hidden in Creator/SigourneyWeaver's [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Dana Barrett]]'s fridge. There are no cold cuts, only ZUUL!! ** ZUUL!! Of course, when Venkman inspects her fridge later on, he does tease her about her eating habits.

-->'''Carol:''' Got something to eat? -->'''Victor :''' I have some Fig Newtons, Hershey bars, some cough drops... -->'''Carol:''' You have any tuna fish? -->'''Victor :''' I have some salmon salad left... -->'''Carol:''' What do you mean 'left', when did you make it? -->'''Victor:''' In April, but if you smother it with pepper it's fine.
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-->'''Carol:''' Got something to eat? -->'''Victor eat?\\ '''Victor :''' I have some Fig Newtons, Hershey bars, some cough drops... -->'''Carol:''' drops...\\ '''Carol:''' You have any tuna fish? -->'''Victor fish?\\ '''Victor :''' I have some salmon salad left... -->'''Carol:''' left...\\ '''Carol:''' What do you mean 'left', when did you make it? -->'''Victor:''' it?\\ '''Victor:''' In April, but if you smother it with pepper it's fine.

* In the 2011 ''Film/TheMuppets'' film the Swedish Chef takes a flamethrower to the mold-encrusted and talking contents of his fridge that hadn't been used in years.

[[folder:Folklore]] * In According to Roma folk legends, watermelons and pumpkins become vampires after being kept for a certain period of time. A garden full of vampire squash shows up in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''; Creator/UrsulaVernon specifically cites the 2011 ''Film/TheMuppets'' film the Swedish Chef takes a flamethrower to the mold-encrusted and talking contents of his fridge that hadn't been used legend mentioned in years.Folklore when they're first introduced. [[/folder]]

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] * ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'' has used this trope more than once. LethalChef (aside from his Lasagna, of course) Jon must be using some ''weird'' ingredients; one of them even held him and Odie at gunpoint. ** He also apparently doesn't clean the fridge out [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&&addr=030130 anywhere near frequently enough]]. ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1987&&addr=870719 The Coleslaw That Time Forgot]]. Deep within the frozen wastes it lurks... ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&&addr=901115 Cleaning out the fridge]] in Jon's household apparently takes some [[KillItWithFire extreme measures]]... ** Sometimes it produces [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130710 dishonest leftovers.]] ** Sometimes it gets downright dangerous, like in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1985&addr=850301 this case]] or [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1989&addr=890910 this one.]] ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110626 And sometimes it get really out of hand.]] ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130905 Even professionals have trouble dealing with Jon's fridge.]] * ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' shows what violence can ensue "when potato salad goes bad." * ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' featured many food based battles. Including the food trying to kill him first and him chasing the food attempting to kill it. (one can only imagine what it was before the horrible cooking attempt) * ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId has this problem in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/04/30 this strip]], where the tuna salad tries to sell Blanche life insurance. * The rats' fridge in ''{{Swamp}}'' -->"Careful, fridge mould can sense fear!!" * ''Comicstrip/{{PiranhaClub}}'''s {{LethalChef}} Effie has caused this at least once. -->"The problem with eight year old squid leftovers is you have to kill them again before you can eat them." * A storyline in {{Monty}}, or ''Robotman'' as it was still known then, had Moondog deal with this problem, as a jar of beandip had achieved sentience and escaped from his fridge. He had seen it before but ignored it, but the situation had now turned dire as the beandip was now "fully grown".
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] [[folder:Puppet Shows]] * ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'' has used this trope more than once. LethalChef (aside from In the 2011 ''Film/TheMuppets'' film the Swedish Chef takes a flamethrower to the mold-encrusted and talking contents of his Lasagna, of course) Jon must be using some ''weird'' ingredients; one of them even held him and Odie at gunpoint. ** He also apparently doesn't clean the fridge out [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2003&&addr=030130 anywhere near frequently enough]]. ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1987&&addr=870719 The Coleslaw That Time Forgot]]. Deep within the frozen wastes it lurks... ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1990&&addr=901115 Cleaning out the fridge]] that hadn't been used in Jon's household apparently takes some [[KillItWithFire extreme measures]]... ** Sometimes it produces [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130710 dishonest leftovers.]] ** Sometimes it gets downright dangerous, like in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1985&addr=850301 this case]] or [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1989&addr=890910 this one.]] ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2011&addr=110626 And sometimes it get really out of hand.]] ** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2013&addr=130905 Even professionals have trouble dealing with Jon's fridge.]] * ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' shows what violence can ensue "when potato salad goes bad." * ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' featured many food based battles. Including the food trying to kill him first and him chasing the food attempting to kill it. (one can only imagine what it was before the horrible cooking attempt) * ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId has this problem in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/04/30 this strip]], where the tuna salad tries to sell Blanche life insurance. * The rats' fridge in ''{{Swamp}}'' -->"Careful, fridge mould can sense fear!!" * ''Comicstrip/{{PiranhaClub}}'''s {{LethalChef}} Effie has caused this at least once. -->"The problem with eight year old squid leftovers is you have to kill them again before you can eat them." * A storyline in {{Monty}}, or ''Robotman'' as it was still known then, had Moondog deal with this problem, as a jar of beandip had achieved sentience and escaped from his fridge. He had seen it before but ignored it, but the situation had now turned dire as the beandip was now "fully grown".years.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has two examples. One is in "Welcome to the Chum Bucket"; when [=SpongeBob=] is trying to cook a patty in an unfamiliar stove, the burger grows a hand and starts crawling towards him. A later episode had "The Appetizer" from "Squilliam Returns", which Mr. Krabs had to fight off with a chair.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has two examples. One is in "Welcome to the Chum Bucket"; when [=SpongeBob=] is trying to cook a patty in an unfamiliar stove, the burger grows a hand and starts crawling towards him. A later episode had "The Appetizer" from "Squilliam Returns", which Mr. Krabs had to fight off with a chair.

* A sentient roast chicken in Series/{{Beetlejuice}}'s refrigerator taunts him in the episode "Poultrygeist." * ''FamilyGuy'' has the episode ''Dr C And the Women'' where the guys return to Clevelands old delikatessen, which was abandoned when he moved to Stoolbend. Peter proceeds to eat some leftover egg salad that has been standing in room temperature for 6 years, and when he gets bad stomach cramps from that, [[TooDumbToLive he tries washing it down with some milk]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'': A sentient roast chicken in Series/{{Beetlejuice}}'s Beetlejuice's refrigerator taunts him in the episode "Poultrygeist." * ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has the episode ''Dr C And the Women'' where the guys return to Clevelands old delikatessen, which was abandoned when he moved to Stoolbend. Peter proceeds to eat some leftover egg salad that has been standing in room temperature for 6 years, and when he gets bad stomach cramps from that, [[TooDumbToLive he tries washing it down with some milk]].

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* Danish stand-up comedian Thomas Wivel once joked that when he was a bachelor he only opened the fridge to feed the cheese. * After Hurricane Katrina, many people returned home weeks or months later and, if they were cautious or forewarned, duct-taped their fridges shut without opening them and put them on the curb to be picked up. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrina_refrigerator The other wiki's article]] on the topic says that the contents of the fridges could be toxic enough to melt plastic and corrode metal. At least one book of photos has been published of (thankfully just the exteriors of) Katrina fridges, since many of them became temporary graffiti attractors and items of folk art. ** In the New Orleans episode of ''NoReservations'', there's footage of someone cleaning out a walk in freezer after returning from Katrina. Imagine the above, ''but room sized.'' * According to Roma folk legends, watermelons and pumpkins become vampires after being kept for a certain period of time. ** A garden full of vampire squash shows up in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''; Creator/UrsulaVernon specifically cites this legend when they're first introduced. * TravisWillingham once reached into his fridge and pulled out some pudding, stuck a spoon in it, and tried eating it. It was crunchy, so he turned on the light to see why, since he didn't recall buying tapioca pudding. It ''wasn't'' tapioca; once upon a time it was ''chocolate''. Travis now checks his pudding before he eats it.
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* Danish stand-up comedian Thomas Wivel once joked that when he was a bachelor he only opened the fridge to feed the cheese. * After Hurricane Katrina, many people returned home weeks or months later and, if they were cautious or forewarned, duct-taped their fridges shut without opening them and put them on the curb to be picked up. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katrina_refrigerator The other wiki's article]] on the topic says that the contents of the fridges could be toxic enough to melt plastic and corrode metal. At least one book of photos has been published of (thankfully just the exteriors of) Katrina fridges, since many of them became temporary graffiti attractors and items of folk art. ** art. In the New Orleans episode of ''NoReservations'', ''Series/NoReservations'', there's footage of someone cleaning out a walk in walk-in freezer after returning from Katrina. Imagine the above, ''but room sized.'' * According to Roma folk legends, watermelons and pumpkins become vampires after being kept for a certain period of time. ** A garden full of vampire squash shows up in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''; Creator/UrsulaVernon specifically cites this legend when they're first introduced. * TravisWillingham Creator/TravisWillingham once reached into his fridge and pulled out some pudding, stuck a spoon in it, and tried eating it. It was crunchy, so he turned on the light to see why, since he didn't recall buying tapioca pudding. It ''wasn't'' tapioca; once upon a time it was ''chocolate''. Travis now checks his pudding before he eats it.

4th Nov '15 9:53:28 AM Andyroid
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* In a flashback in the ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' episode "Occupy Bears", the bears are house-hunting and visit a seedy, run-down apartment. Ice Bear is horrified ([[EyeTake in a subtle, deadpan way]]) to find something ''breathing'' in the refrigerator.
23rd Oct '15 1:57:51 PM Thepenguinking2
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Some shows may extend this trope to other flagrant displays of bad housekeeping, creating life from unwashed underwear and the dust under the bed. We honor them here as well. They obey the spirit of ItCameFromTheFridge, if not the letter. When the filth has conquered entire rooms or even the house itself, you have TrashOfTheTitans.
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Some shows may extend this trope to other flagrant displays of bad housekeeping, creating life from unwashed underwear and the dust under the bed. We honor them here as well. They obey the spirit of ItCameFromTheFridge, this trope, if not the letter. When the filth has conquered entire rooms or even the house itself, you have TrashOfTheTitans.
17th Oct '15 6:16:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhatsNewPussycat'':
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26th Sep '15 5:59:03 PM cosmo359
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* One (minor) plot point that remains intriguingly unresolved in quirky UK soap ''Series/NightAndDay'' is the significance of the Harpersí large, noisy and somewhat sinister black refrigerator. Actually pictured on ''publicity photos'' for the show along with the human members of the family, the tombstone-like appliance was heard by Natalie on one occasion to say the word Ďdeadí repeatedly, and administered her an electric shock on another. Itís no wonder that, towards the end of the series, Natalie resolved to donate the monstrosity to Roxanne, warning her ominously to look after it.
12th Sep '15 9:04:39 PM intastiel
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* Sam Starfall's species in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' are scavenger {{Starfish Alien}}s who can appreciate the culinary value of advanced decomposition. Sam misses [[AlienLunch gourmet maggots]], but he can still appreciate [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00492.htm well-aged leftovers]].
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* Sam Starfall's species in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' are scavenger {{Starfish Alien}}s who can appreciate the culinary value of advanced decomposition. Sam misses [[AlienLunch gourmet maggots]], but he can still appreciate enjoys [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00492.htm well-aged leftovers]].
12th Sep '15 8:45:36 PM intastiel
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* Sam Starfall's species in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' are scavenger {{Starfish Alien}}s who can appreciate the culinary value of advanced decomposition. Sam misses [[AlienLunch gourmet maggots]], but he can still appreciate [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00492.htm well-aged leftovers]].
26th Aug '15 2:08:49 PM nombretomado
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* An unusual example in ''TheCosbyShow''. Cliff has a late night snack-fueled nightmare involving TheMuppets. A CrowningMomentOfFunny involves Cliff opening the fridge and Muppet food snarking at him over his eating habits, which becomes a BrickJoke at the end of the episode.
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* An unusual example in ''TheCosbyShow''. ''Series/TheCosbyShow''. Cliff has a late night snack-fueled nightmare involving TheMuppets.Franchise/TheMuppets. A CrowningMomentOfFunny involves Cliff opening the fridge and Muppet food snarking at him over his eating habits, which becomes a BrickJoke at the end of the episode.
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