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Vitamin X
I just wanted to start this topic because I was knocking around a cabinet- which contains my slow cooker, coffee grinder, and a couple other things- and I opened it to get literally floored by a horrendous smell. I have no other food in there besides a bag of potatoes which I don't think I bought more than a week or two ago, but oh shit there it was and the bottom of the bag had fucking liquified. Now I don't know if any of you have ever had to deal with the unpleasantries of rotten potatoes, but this literally smelled like a bag of shit. I took everything out of course, washed it in the sink and put them in different cabinets, now have the door open to try and get rid of the smell. I just used a ton of febreze, threw some Borax in there and cleaned up the brown sludge stain in there, but the smell won't fucking go away. I have some Comet bleach somewhere around here but that's my last resort, and I don't have a hard scrubbing brush right now anyways.

Rotten potatoes. Good fucking god, I never knew something like that could smell, feel, and look so outright horrifying.
fazzle
I have a can of tomato juice in my fridge that expired in 92.


Seriously.


One day I'm gonna get someone drunk enough that they drink that fucking thing.
Lord of The Curry
Ha! Right before I clicked on this thread I thought about finding the sack of rotten potatoes that made one of my roommates throw up. It was this mass of putrid purple goo.
Star Ocean 3
It's not something that's rotten, but I discovered the hard way that you cannot reheat Taco Bell. It just becomes inedible. And those Jack in the Box tacos literally cease to be food when they cool off.
Lord of The Curry
Rotten steak smells pretty bad too.
Maztinho
More work stories!

HAHA!

We get in deviled egg trays which I don't touch because shit, they are pre-cut egg things then we squeeze some shit out of a tube and pour paprika on them then sell them as trays. Well one day I was goaded into making them since, but since they are zip-sealed they trap some aroma in their and it smells like freakin' egg fart when you cut open the bag.

At the same time, the Florist (who shares the backroom) found a bag of potatoes that had gone nuclear, and brought it into the back.

On top of that we had some cinnamon pinecones in for the holidays which when they are in one little bag aren't too bad, but we'd just gotten 9 cases of them and the smell was over powering.

Rotten egg + Rotten Potato + Cinnamon = Blinding headache.
Kinetic
Oh, yeah. Worked in a restaurant where we cut our own french fries. You'd invariably get one box that would have some rotting, liquefied potatoes at the bottom. I saw a few maggots here and there. The worst is mold, in my opinion. Moreso than anything else, the smell of moldy food sets my gag reflex off.
CanadianGuitarist
QUOTE (fazzle @ Oct 8 2008, 06:45 AM) *
I have a can of tomato juice in my fridge that expired in 92.


Seriously.


One day I'm gonna get someone drunk enough that they drink that fucking thing.


My favourite thing about this is that it's still in your fridge? What are you, worried it'll be gross when it's room temperature?
Nighthawk
I've got a can of something that expired in the 80s. I put a novelty Ninja Turtles soup label on it, so that's why it's sat so long.

Thing is, it's been so long I have no idea what was in there originally. Treasure? Dog food?

Come to think of it, cat food is a good guess. I would likely have figured the cats wouldn't know/mind if I stole one of their cans of food.

Cat food that expired 20 years ago, there's a thought.
fazzle
QUOTE (CanadianGuitarist @ Oct 8 2008, 04:56 PM) *
QUOTE (fazzle @ Oct 8 2008, 06:45 AM) *
I have a can of tomato juice in my fridge that expired in 92.


Seriously.


One day I'm gonna get someone drunk enough that they drink that fucking thing.


My favourite thing about this is that it's still in your fridge? What are you, worried it'll be gross when it's room temperature?



Like some drunk bastard's gonna drink WARM tomato juice?
CanadianGuitarist
Milky's probably got better drunk stories than I, so I can't speak for all of us. But checkmate, sir.

QUOTE
Thing is, it's been so long I have no idea what was in there originally. Treasure? Dog food?


Some things man is not meant to know.
Vitamin X
I find those stories amusing too. I was googling around trying to find a way to get rid of the smell (I busted out the bleach last night and it was effective for about 15 minutes or so, then back to rotting shit). I mixed some white vinegar with water and threw a bunch of crumpled up newspapers in there as well with some baking soda as well as the juice of half a lemon. I cannot stand having anything smell in my house, and this thing is just fucking DEATH.

But the funniest part about this googling around is how many people have things left over from years past in their fridge, like fazzle up there. I guess it's incredulous to me because I've moved 13 times (no exaggeration either, I had to stop and think about it for a minute) since 92, and I probably would've thrown something like that away just from moving once. That's one good thing about moving, you stop buying groceries for a while and either really get creative with what you have or throw out what you don't need.
C*Z*E*C*H
One time in 2002, I found a box of an obscure cereal called "Sprinkle Spangles" with a 1993, if I'm not mistaken, expiration date at my grandmother's house. It survived two moves. Why? Nobody even opened it! Odd. I'm pretty good at either keeping an eye on my foodstuffs or consuming it so quickly that it hasn't the time to rot, so I don't have any great anecdotes on this front. Moldy tomatoes happen now and then, but I'm unfazed.

The worst smell in the world is some sort of animal waste, I'm not sure which, but it's either pig or goat. A flatbed truck full of it passes me when I go jogging sometimes, and it's so overwhelming that I have to fall to one knee, cover my nose, dry heave, and wait it out for a good five minutes till it dissipates enough to breathe again. The last time this happened, I was doubled over, trying to vomit on the service driveway to a mansion, as good a place as any. Some Mexicans saw me, but didn't tell me to move. They felt the same way, I'm sure. Can someone clear up whether this is pig or goat? Which one just attacks your nose and compels you to throw up?
Bruiser Chong
Rotten fruit or vegetables are the worst for me. Leave some apple cores, banana peels, and spinach at the bottom of your trash can and sit back as the ensuing odor takes over your home.

There was a strong odor in my kitchen once and I couldn't find the source for days. I was later cleaning the counter, moved a stray pot lid and voila, odor found: two bananas that had become so rotten that the skin had broke open, allowing some terrific brown liquid to squirt out.
The Niggardly King
bad generic lunch meat.

i got a can of coconut milk in one of the cabinets that expired in '88. throwup.gif
CanadianGuitarist
QUOTE (Long-Legged Mack Daddy @ Oct 9 2008, 04:37 AM) *
bad generic lunch meat.


This just now happened to me. Weird. Carl Budding is a stone-faced liar when it comes to expiration dates.

Re: The garbage can thing - Have you tried WD40? I'm told spraying it on a can will keep animals away; I wonder if it neutralizes the stench altogether.
Red Baron
QUOTE (CanadianGuitarist @ Oct 9 2008, 04:04 PM) *
QUOTE (Long-Legged Mack Daddy @ Oct 9 2008, 04:37 AM) *
bad generic lunch meat.


This just now happened to me. Weird. Carl Budding is a stone-faced liar when it comes to expiration dates.

Re: The garbage can thing - Have you tried WD40? I'm told spraying it on a can will keep animals away; I wonder if it neutralizes the stench altogether.


Skunks for sure, but I don't know about racoons.


Just pulled out thawed chicken that was sitting in the cooler for a few days and my god that smell is awful.
Your Paragon of Virtue
My cousin lives in somewhat of a ghetto area in Toronto, and in one of the convenience stores I went into near his house, there was a box of pop tarts on the shelf from 1994. I had to do a double take because while the box looked faded and the font looked pretty mid-90s, I still couldn't imagine a store selling something that old.
Vitamin X
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