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Woman's Fridge Hack Is a Big Hit

It now dispenses wine instead of water

(Newser) - A British woman's hack has given an all-new meaning to the term "wine fridge." Clair Potts of Manchester tells the Telegraph that she and her boyfriend had just bought a fridge with a built-in water dispenser for their new home when she noticed the fridge also came... More »

Old Refrigerator May Be Source of Oakland Fire

'Disaster waiting to happen'

(Newser) - Investigators searching for the cause of America's deadliest building fire in 13 years are focusing on appliances at the rear of the first floor of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse. "On that back wall, there was a 45-degree-angle burn, and they need to look at that area very... More »

Keeping Tomatoes in Fridge May Mar Flavor Forever

Flavor alteration takes place in the genes, making it irreversible

(Newser) - It may seem practical to keep fruits and veggies from spoiling by storing them in the fridge, but there's one variety that should stay out on the counter. The New York Times reports on new research out of the University of Florida that finds when tomatoes are harbored in... More »

Motorcyclist Killed After Smashing Into Fridge

NJ cops trying to find who abandoned appliance on side of road

(Newser) - When winter turns to spring in New Jersey, there's always an uptick in the number of motorcycle crashes, with the two main reasons cited by state cops being "unsafe speed" and "driver inattention," notes. Further down the list is "road/environmental factor," which... More »

Subway Employee: Fridge Door Locked Behind Me

Karlee Daubeney's case is finally going to court

(Newser) - A Subway employee says she's still suffering from anxiety after getting locked in a store fridge for eight hours last year—and now her story is getting its day in court, the Independent reports. Karlee Daubeney, 20, says she was working late last December at a Subway in Gloucester,... More »

What That Beer Fridge Is Really Costing You

Second refrigerators tend to be old energy hogs

(Newser) - Oh, the second fridge. Almost one in three households in the Midwest has one; locals know it affectionately as the "beer and deer" fridge, reports the Chicago Tribune . Across the rest of the US, the average is closer to one in four households. Some 15% of those second fridges... More »

9-Year-Old's Body Sat in Mom's Fridge for Months

Ayahna Comb's 14-pound body was found in fridge drawer

(Newser) - The emaciated body of a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been found stuffed in her mom's refrigerator. Amber Keyes, 34, discovered her daughter Ayahna Comb wasn't breathing in January and "decided to clear out a drawer in the refrigerator and place her body in there,"... More »

For Sale: 'Used' Morgue Fridge

New York state has a chilling eBay listing

(Newser) - That special someone who has everything most definitely does not have this: New York's Office of Mental Health is hawking a "used" but "fully operational" morgue refrigerator, and the New York Post highlights the rather grisly listing it has posted on eBay . It's a Norlake Scientific... More »

Next Clunkers You Can Cash In On? Appliances

(Newser) - If you missed out on cashing in on that clunker in your driveway, your next chance may be no farther than the kitchen, USA Today reports. Stimulus funds that will give consumers rebates as high as $200 for replacing old, inefficient appliances with newer models are due to start flowing... More »

MillerCoors Testing Mini-Keg for Fridge

(Newser) - MillerCoors is trying out a novel presentation of its Miller and Coors Light beers with the “Home Draft,” a 1.5-gallon mini-keg that stays fresh in the fridge for a month, the Wall Street Journal reports. The set-up is similar to boxed wine. Amid a drop-off in domestic... More »

Rotten Lunch: Stinky Fridge Sickens 28 in Calif. Office

Office complex evacuated after fridge cleanup backfires

(Newser) - An incredibly foul stench from long-forgotten lunches forced hundreds of people out of a California office complex yesterday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Fire crews and a hazmat team were dispatched to the building and 28 people were treated for vomiting and nausea. San Jose emergency workers traced the... More »

Oxford Revives Einstein's Greenie Fridge Design

Fridge cooled by pressure and vapor, not polluting freons

(Newser) - Oxford scientists are rebuilding one of Albert Einstein’s first inventions—a refrigerator cooled with pressurized gases—in a bid to replace today’s eco-unfriendly fridges, the Guardian reports. Modern fridges use freon, a greenhouse gas worse than carbon dioxide, and are increasingly in demand worldwide. But Einstein's design employs... More »

Brown-Bag Boom Makes for Stinky Office Fridges

Employees moan about offensive odors, liquefied carrots, missing pizza

(Newser) - A rise in brown-bag lunches is turning office fridges nationwide from a munchies Mecca into an oversized Petri dish—and workers are crying foul, the Chicago Tribune reports. Booming food prices and health concerns are increasing bring-your-own numbers, but the good stuff doesn't always get eaten. "I've found things... More »

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