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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Friday, November 15, 2013

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

When : Always November 15th

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is today.

What's that in the back of the refrigerator!? I don't want to find out. Don't open it...... the odor may overwhelm you!!! Hold your breath, scrunch your nose if you must, and get to the task.

Everything in your refrigerator was once a fresh, healthy food, ready for your consumption. It may have been a tasty leftover, intended for later enjoyment. Unfortunately, over the course of weeks or more, things get pushed to the back of the refrigerator and slowly transform into something impossible to identify.

We've all run across items in the refrigerator that once were tasty food, But, now, they are some dried out, mold covered nasty, that you remove and dispose of at arms length.

Who wins the prize for the worst refrigerator surprises? Most often, it's workplace refrigerators.

Use this day to clean out your refrigerator, top to bottom. When it comes to food safety, we fall back to the old saying " When in doubt, throw it out!"

Origin of Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day:
We found references suggesting that Whirlpool Home Appliances was promoting Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. However, we went to their website and performed a search of it. They make no mention of this day.

Common speculation is that this day was created just in advance of Thanksgiving, to allow room for holiday leftovers.

This Day in History November 15th

Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca Empire leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day (1532)

Francisco Pizarro arrives in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. (1533)

American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation. (1777)

The first U.S Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors. (1791)

Pike expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains (it is later named Pikes Peak). (1806)

The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece. (1859)

American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia and starts Sherman's March to the Sea. (1864)

Harry Turner becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the "Ohio League", the direct predecessor to the National Football League. (1914)

First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland. (1920)

The German Rentenmark is introduced in Germany to counter hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic. (1923)

The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations. (1926)

In Washington, D.C., US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial. (1939)

World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219. (1942)

World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal ends in a decisive Allied victory. (1942)

Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put "on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps". (1943)

Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. (1949)

The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas which inspired Truman Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. (1959)

Project Gemini: Gemini 12 completes the program's final mission, when it splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. (1966)

The only fatality of the North American X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft which is destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert. (1967)

Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea. (1969)

Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004. (1971)

A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago, Illinois to Washington, D.C., forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. (1979)

A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes. (1985)

Israeli–Palestinian conflict: An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council. (1988)

Al Jazeera English launches worldwide. (2006)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HANSBRINK 11/15/2013 7:28PM

  I still like George Carlin's skit: Ice Box Man.

thanks for the history tidbits.

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NWFL59 11/15/2013 5:09PM

    When I was working, we cleaned out the workplace fridge every Friday.

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BUSYBEE37 11/15/2013 3:16PM

    my coworker did this today, she was ruthless. Funny thing is that she didn't know it was clean out your fridge day.

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PMAY0313 11/15/2013 3:10PM

    I need to do it. I hate doing it though. I do love the kitty in the fridge!

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/15/2013 1:43PM

    Gotta do this, for sure. Now, when is "Defrost the Freezer Day"? That's the one I fear most ; )

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MARTYLYNN1 11/15/2013 1:34PM

    My refrigerator doesn't look quite like the ones you have pictured but I probably do need to clean it out.

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FCARMICH 11/15/2013 10:30AM


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LOSER05 11/15/2013 9:31AM


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JWBRIGHTEYES 11/15/2013 9:19AM

    This so GREAT! I just did just this! It is so cathartic. And always a surprise or two at the back or in the crisper.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/15/2013 9:12AM

  it put a new spin on the chore for me. emoticon

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IDICEM 11/15/2013 9:02AM

    LOL. Love it. Thanks for the fun look at an annoying chore.

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