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LJ Idol Season 10, Week 8

LJ Idol Week 8 - What it is?

Something stinks. I’m not sure what. But seriously, it smells like something died in the fridge. I rummage around in there, gingerly peeling back plastic wrap on bowls, cracking Tupperware seals, and pulling long deceased vegetables from the crisper drawer, which is where good intentions, and apparently celery, go to die.

Ah. That’s it. There is some seriously putrid stuff in the back of this fridge. But I think I have just found the motherlode.
But WHAT it is, I have no clue.

It might be more accurate to say what WAS it? What were they? I don’t know. These containers have been stuck at the back of the fridge so long that I am unsure what the original food might have been. Now, it is an obvious choice for a friends’ child’s science fair project. I didn’t even know mold came in that color. I’m not quite sure it isn’t alive. Maybe I should add some more leftovers and put it back. Next year’s project could be a one of a kind creature, bred in a Tupperware container.

I grab a fork and poke one of the piles of sludge with trepidation. It jiggles a little, sort of like Jello but not quite. I still can’t figure out exactly what it is. Was. Whatever.

Seriously. This is Monster of the Week material. IT CAME FROM THE FRIDGE…. If this were a fantasy story or an anime, the thing would have 3 eyes and tentacles by now, and leave a trail of ooze on the floor.  Every form of storytelling, from art to TV/Film to comics to literature has made use of this trope at one time or another.

Garfield immediately springs to mind – the item at the back of the fridge is always a danger to the cat that will eat anything that won’t try to eat him first, which made it a frequent gag in the strip – sometimes, emphasis on GAG. The Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, even The Wizard of Id has a tuna sandwich that tries to sell someone insurance…and that’s just the comic strips off the top of my head.
TV and film – The Naked Gun, Ghostbusters, Nightmare on Elm Street 5 all have a fridge with a complex. Fraggle Rock has an advice-giving compost heap. And the original Muppet show has Gonzo freaking out and telling John Denver that “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.")” This is finally addressed in the movie The Muppets when the Swedish Chef gets tired of dealing with the chatty moldy food and takes a flamethrower to the fridge.  The Brady Bunch, Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons, and other shows all have references in various episodes to a horror in the back of the fridge.

Books – heck, you don’t even have to have a fridge, just have a house that has sat empty awhile and you get creatures like the boggart at Grimmaud Place in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or a Bundimun which is useful in potions – according to Pottermore "The Bundimun at rest resembles a patch of greenish fungus with eyes. Useful in some potions, including Doxycide." If wizards had refrigerators, I’m sure you’d find some there – it is a frequent fanfiction visitor for sure.  But the fridge is alive and well in Discworld, molesworth, etc. Douglas Adams brings the idea to the main plot in “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul .” And in a sequel to Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Arthur Dent eats the least hairy things in his fridge after returning to Earth after a long expedition in space, unknowingly curing himself of a disease which would have otherwise wiped out half a hemisphere.” So it can be useful at times. Even Penicillin came from Alexander Fleming having left his petri dishes to their own devices while he was on vacation.

Even Weird Al has a song about the stuff in the back of the fridge. And he can’t tell what it is, either.
"There's something gross in the fridge today, It's green and growing hair.
It's been there since July!
If you can name the object in that baggie over there,
Then mister, you're a better man than I..."
                “Livin’ In the Fridge, Weird Al Yankovich”

(Note: If you want to listen to the whole, thing, you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L295Gpt6r8U)

And sometimes, you can think you have a totally normal refrigerator, as you clean things out regularly.  Doesn’t stop your fridge from getting possessed- just ask Dana Barrett. There are no cold cuts, only ZUUL!!


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Feb. 12th, 2017 07:54 am (UTC)
Hahaha-- this makes me wish I'd seen the Muppets stuff with mold too cute to destroy. And the flamethrower, because those are always awesome.

There was an episode in Season One of the "Chuck" TV show that featured dares and bets placed on eating what was left in the work fridge at the Buy More. This video excerpt, Mystery Crisper, shows it. :)
Feb. 16th, 2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
Mystery food in the fridge scares me! I can't see the mold so it's something I fear ! I won't open a container I'm not totally sure what it is! I make my husband do it! Grins.
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