The Craziest Things Found in the Refrigerator

Turns out, Real Simple readers have quite a relationship with their refrigerators. Check out the odd things they’ve found in there.

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“A singular stretchy glove, atop a leftover Qdoba burrito. The burrito was thrown out after about a week of not being claimed, but for some reason, the glove stayed in the fridge for about a year.” —Kristin Godfrey



“I once found a DVD in the deli drawer of my fridge. I turned my house upside down looking for it, and two days later there it was with the turkey and cheese slices.” —Angie Bateman Jones

“My older son was giving up his pacifier. When he wandered into the kitchen one day, the spare pacifier was on the table. Before he spied it I tossed it in the freezer. Imagine my surprise when I found it a year later.” —Susan Kolling

“A sheep brain we were dissecting in neuroanatomy class.” —Rana Lee Adawi Awdish

“When my daughter was little, she loved to put her toys in the fridge. I found her stuffed Beanie Babies black cat in the back and shrieked because I thought a critter had climbed in there.” —Mary Talalay

“When my brother was 16 (more than 27 years ago), he asked my mom for more of that great casserole with the green stuff on top. My mom almost threw up when she realized he had eaten the chili that she had forgotten to throw away.” —Amy Foth

“Murray the Freezer Duck. He was literally a taxidermied black duck who lived in our freezer for years when my dad was a decoy carver. I miss Murray!” —Elizabeth Bull

“My seven-year-old daughter stood in the fridge to reach the top shelf and decided at that moment to take off her clothes. So I found her clothes in the fridge.” —Julie Oliger Simons

“My husband’s missing wedding band. I found it in the door behind the condiments.” —Nicole Jeppesen

“Keys! I had pregnancy brain and was leaving them everywhere!” —Gennie Pintang

“My daughter's socks. Luckily her clean ones.” —Cindy Addleman

“I had a four-year-old child and a $20 gift card. The gift card went missing, and we couldn’t find it for months. Gave up on it, lost forever. I did eventually find it, in the refrigerator door underneath some barbecue sauce.” —Krista Bratbak Bishop

“While visiting my in-laws, my father-in-law bought a cup of worms for a fishing trip and put them in the fridge. After closing the door, the cup got knocked over. The next morning, my brother-in-law freaked out after he opened the fridge to finds worms crawling all over the cheese and eggs!” —Elspeth Moore

“My dad had a heart-valve replacement, and he made them save his valve. It was in a cup of saline with a tight screw-top lid. It never went bad. He kept it in the fridge for years so he could show people his old valve.” —Wendy Wiese

“My husband put a box of cereal in the fridge, but that is not what scared me. I thought, ‘If the cereal is in the fridge, where is the milk?’ It was in the pantry.” —Heather Ferrante Cathrall

“In high school, I once came home from dinner out and put my leftover risotto in the fridge. The next day, I tore the house apart looking for my cell phone. Later that day, my dad went to the fridge for a snack and opened the box of risotto, only to find my phone inside the box, sitting right on top of the risotto! My phone must have slipped inside when I balanced it on top of the box to carry in a bunch of stuff. Amazingly, after spending the night in the fridge, the phone still worked, but it smelled like mushrooms and truffles for months after.” —Alexandra Brooks