Best Before Twenty Years Ago
Characters consume food or drinks with a best before date decades in the past.
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"This expired milk is a important plot point! On a show about ninjas! *drinks* "Man, thats GOOD food poisoning!"A comedy trope, in which a character buys, sells, or consumes food products that expired a comically long time ago, years, decades, or even centuries in the past. For the horrible consequences that usually follow, see The Food Poisoning Incident.
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ExamplesAnime and Manga
- In one episode of Lupin III, 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... only to find that it hadn't been aged properly and turned to vinegar.
- Naruto: In an early episode/chapter, Naruto finds himself running for the toilet constantly throughout the entire episode, usually leading to comical hijinks. At the end of the episode, his teacher discovers that the milk he drank that morning had expired a long time ago.
- In a Garfield strip, Jon claims that he looked danger right in the face and laughed. Garfield then lets the readers know that Jon drank milk that was past the expiration date.
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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!
- In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Arthur returns to his home after years in space, and eats "the three least green furry things" in the fridge for breakfast.
- In one episode of 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 the silent era, you'd have to be insane to eat it." Predictably, Kramer becomes rather ill after tasting it.
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.
- 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.
- On Newsradio Bill buys stale sandwiches from an old sandwich vending machine, on purpose. He likes them because they remind him of his childhood.
- On Carter Country the group is accidentally locked in a bank vault overnight. The mayor pulls out his Safe Deposit Box, 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 Teen Angel, 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 M*A*S*H is the food, some of which (it is claimed) came from WWII or even WWI.
- All Pre-War Food in Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas 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.
- Tim Buckley's Ctrl+Alt+Del 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.
- Brad Tries is all about the titular host consuming food and drink that's either from exotic countries, or was discontinued decades ago, like Crystal Pepsi from 1993 for example.
- On Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show, this is parodied and lampshaded. See the quote above.
- In Regular Show Mordecai and Rigby find cans of soda from 1984 in their attic.
- In Undergrads Rocko drinks clam juice that expired in 1978. He then hallucinates The Great Gazoo.
- In the episode of The Simpsons that was making fun of Mary Poppins 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 Garfield cartoon, Garfield stops Jon from cleaning out his refrigerator because (he claims) some of the food has historical value: the mustard was used to disinfect wounds during the American Civil War.
- On Arthur Buster has a "collection" of interesting looking and/or delicious food, all of which is old and stinky. Periodically his mother throws it all out.
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