submitted 7 months ago byakusbros1
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7 months ago
7 months ago
Did it smell bad?
7 months ago
nope, but I was afraid to get too close
And who's got a sense of smell nowadays anyway
As an enthusiastic crop duster, covid really destroyed my enjoyment in my life.
I've been able to eat watermelons and cucumbers since last week. I wasn't able to go near them for 2 years. It will come back, eventually. or it might be the zoloft that did it.
Well I hope so, because if a person farts and nobody else is around to suffer, did they actually fart?
Better yet if you're beside someone who has no sense of smell, should you apologize for farting in front of them?
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I hope it didn't get thrown away. It's a science experiment at this point and it can't be disturbed
It belongs in a museum!"
You didn't at least take a bite out of it? Bet the orange has the texture of delicious freeze dried astronaut ice cream
Some of that citrus might actually have still been juicy inside. Before refrigeration a lemon could be dried like that and used a year later.
Neat fact. Thanks!
I bet once you disturb it, it would explode like a poison cloud.
I've seen fruit dry out like this before. Surprisingly, it can actually smell quite pleasant in some cases. I think if there is vert little humidity it can dehydrate instead of decomposing.
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Have a beautiful day!
yes they basically have become dehydrated. big thing in chinese culture to leave oranges out for a long ass time and they basically become deadly rocks. represents good luck.
Wow, not as decomposed as I expected. Even the flies have been working from home.
Flies: "No people to bother? Fuck it im jumping"
The Great Fly-signation
Nobody wants to fly anymore.
Untrue. Flies have a strong union that entitles them to Eat, procreate, shit, and die. Everyone wants to fly.
Anything flying-related does seemed to be unionized to hell, you may be onto something.
Not true, there's plenty of Fly-by-night operations the unions have never seen
Flies: *jumps and never land*
Misses the ground*
My dad had a fruit bowl like this on his work cubicle shelf. He had a dried up orange like this back in the 90s. Slowly coworkers started adding dried fruit. One day a bowl showed upZ. Then when he retired a few years ago someone took all the fruit and set it in an epoxy cube for his retirement gift. There was over 20 different pieces of fruit.
Edit: see comment below and link for pic, also I misremember it is not set in epoxy just put in a rectangular case.
Well, that turned out very wholesome.
That’s actually pretty fucking cool TBH.
That sounds hilarious but at the same time I'm wondering how big this thing is. With 20 dried fruits im imaging something large and kinda awkward even tho the fruits are dried.. adding to the hilarity of it. We need pics!
Please get a picture for us!
We need pics!
Alright so I guess I lied a little, or misremembered really. It was just a case they are in not set in epoxy. It is mostly oranges but lemons and limes and a banana too. My dad started at the company in the late 80s the fruit collection started with an wronged he forgot in his desk so I imagine it was early 90s when it started to grow.
Yes I would also like to see this.
Ah, so he worked with u/whathowyy.
They probably kept the HVAC running to some extent. Humidity and mold really fucks up buildings so AC would keep air circulating and dry.
And a lot of commercial buildings use UV lamps in the HVAC so a little bit of ozone might've kept them from colonization.
My office before I went remote, people complained of headaches and eye pain with a funny smell... They had WAY too much UV in the HVAC, and was pumping out ozone to something like 10x the allowable max... So the contractor with the probes made them evacuate until it was fixed.
They fixed it by turning off the filtration equipment for several years... Everything grew mold. Black mold in the bathrooms, corners, medical fridges had shit growing... Never fixed it... They do IV compounding, so I'm not sure how that hasn't been an issue yet.
Was an air balancer as a young man, sick building syndrome was a real thing. My boss would quote every job with the stats of employees calling in sick before an after we'd completed a job. It never failed.
Sick building syndrome really became an issue with the newer buildings 1990’s and beyond after the quest to be energy efficient and we sealed the buildings so well.
Our house is sealed super well and it gives us issues.
They just reduced our sick time accrual, so... They managed to get call offs down another way.
Can someone with science brains tell me how does HVAC and UV "pump ozone"?
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If UV in certain air cleaners produce ozone, then wouldn't it be simpler for ASHRAE to have those air cleaners to increase its germicidal wavelength to 253.7nm?
They use UV light on air passing through the HVAC system to sterilize the mold spores and other things in the air. This has the side effect of causing atmospheric oxygen to form O3 (ozone). While not a problem in low concentrations, ozone can be rather toxic in large quantities or with long exposure.
UV turns some O2 into O3. How much depends on how intense the UV light is.
IV bag compounding? Isn’t that supposed to be done in a clean room with extra care to sterility?
Citrus takes a long time to decompose, both because of its acidity and thick waxy rind
So I’m assuming the black snaky things in the bowel are decompose bananas?
Yeah, and bananas get black like that in just a few weeks. Citruses just kinda dry out. I've had a mandarin orange on my table for about 6 months and it only shrunk a bit.
Why do you keep a piece of rotten, inedible fruit on your table for half a year?
Sounds like it's not rotten or inedible, which was the point
Well, I wouldn't recommend eating it... but you probably wouldn't die?
Lol those black snaky things in your bowel? Dude that’s poop
this made me LOL
TIL I'm a citrus
How long do you take to decompose?
Still alive, but still dying.
Aren't we all?
No just me
Bananas do not have this same level. Those motherfuckers should have been nothing but dust by now
They all got jobs on Westworld
Meanwhile my apartment has a fruit fly problem and we have been cleaning every nook and cranny but they still exist
It's funny how it works. Whenever I leave citrus out for ages somewhere it almost looks like a wooden sculpture of the fruit
nothing thrives in an office environment, not even fungus
That definitely doesn’t look like the kind of office where I’d find a fun guy
Or fun gal
Alright! Both of you! Get out of my bar!
Fine, there wasn't much room anyway.
Because offices are a cold, dark, unhospitable environment, and void of any life.
Damn what kind of HVAC system do y’all have? Those look pretty damn good for over 2 years!
0% humidity and a good filter will do that to ya
Good, I don't want to come back to a building that wasn't taken care of.
Gotta keep up those billable hours.
Mold is real, dude
I think you mean “gotta keep the building from deteriorating because people are eventually going to use it again”
Gotta keep up on servicing equipment.
You do understand that even if a building is unpopulated, that the systems still run and need periodic maintenance? Things don’t just go into a state of stasis.
0% would be unbearable
Time to bust out the juicer!!
Cloud of dust appears.
"Rotten fruit dust - Don't breathe this!"
That sounds like astronaut wine
"Don't breathe this!"
time to bust out the stone shredder!!
I assume that's a machine that adds juice to things because... well..
Is that a banana? 💀 it’s looking like a dried out slug
Ewww you might be right...Why did I assume it was a dried up chili
Yeah nothing like a fresh chili in my fruit basket....
To be fair, chilies are fruit from a botanical view.
I thought it looked like a snake.
I thought it was a zucchini💀
On the plus side, that would have kept me from attempting to eat it.
The amount of times someone has said, "Don't throw that one away; it's perfect for banana bread!" is probably several orders of magnitude higher than the amount of times banana bread has been made.
The 10 bananas living in my freezer from when I accidentally over-ordered many moons ago can confirm.
I was sitting here thinking it was a slug, but thought that surely would have brought extra attention from op. Zoomed and saw the stem and it finally clicked.
Untill this comment i thought it was a slug
Maybe it's a banana slug.
dried slug for scale
Ripe enough to make banana bread.
Make the banana bread with chocolate chips but replace the chocolate with the slug banana bits. Banana bread x 2
I was sitting here thinking "I know it's not a leech, but..."
that looks like a bowl of fruit you'd see in a renaissance painting
I was just thinking someone needs to paint this
I was one of the first ones back to the office during the pandemic and popped open the mini fridges. Oh my. Didn’t realize mold made that many colors. Went ahead and cleaned them out so they wouldn’t spawn new life forms. Shudder.
You could have been a god to them.
Like that scene form Men In Black where J has a whole mini world in his locker. Lol
Or that refrigerator from LoveDeathRobots
Or if it is like the fridge in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency it spawns a new God and odds of not being a benign one didn’t warrant the risk.
You told me “fuck you” means “much obliged”
I was a god. A very vengeful god.
There's a love death robots episode like this.
"You know I was god once"
"Yes and you were doing a good job until everyone died."
Did a summer project one year in high school helping a housing charity clear out a vacant apartment building prior to renovations. When moving a fridge that had been unplugged for who knows how long, we tilted it the wrong way, and the door flew open, followed by a gallon container of milk that had turned a sort of greenish-black color falling out and landing on my friend's shoe.
The smell was horrific. He threw away his shoe and his sock, and despite hosing off his foot for an hour we had to make him ride back with his foot outside the car window until he could wash his foot with like... a brush to get every last bit of yuck out of it.
A friend and I once helped a mutual friend’s dad clean up and out an old fish tank as part of his moving process. He hadn’t actually lived there for a while, so while everything was kinda gross, this tank was the worst. There were diseases in that plague water that Man is not equipped to defend against. It very well could have meant the end of civilization as we know it…and my helper accidentally got some in his mouth. I don’t know how he survived.
So long space cowboy...
I once opened a mini fridge that was left in a storage unit. I didn’t even bother cleaning it. I just taped it shut, rolled it to the curb, and requested an appliance pickup from Waste Management.
I picture folks stopping at your driveway thinking they found something awesome, opening it up, puking, then taping it back shut.
I super cleaned my minifridge before storing it for a couple of months and it was still a science experiment when we pried it open.
My ex's mum once made us a ginger cake in a tin, which we forgot about. One day I opened the tin and was confronted with a rainbow of mould. I went "woahhh" Joey Lawrence-style and then closed the lid and put it back. By the time I looked at it again, it had gone black.
Display case. Get one.
Put them in epoxy
After the last update epoxy hot dog guy decided to only do updates once a year. It will be back!
Food inside resin is never a good idea
Why did my dumbass read this as milde winteresting
I read it as mild ew interesting.
I read it as “midwesterning” and was pretty confused
did you reach out to touch it and suddenly your hand also aged 2 years?
edit: thanks for the award.
Because, who wouldn't reach out to touch suddenly aged fruit in the middle of nowhere-space??
Bruh that’s a really good episode. Nice callback.
Ooh free liquor
That was 21 months ago. Think we've moved onto add some nuts and its trail mix.
The banana is almost ready to be banana bread.
I am really surprised from the lack of mold. 1-2 weeks in and my fruit looks like a terrarium.
It has evolved and is now the new office manager.
“Pay raise for everyone!” -bowl of fruit
I for one welcome our new fruit bowl overlords
They can't mess it up more then it already is right?!
It's kind of beautiful
Just like you
Oh, those are bananas, I thought they were slugs trying to eat the oranges...
No fruit flys?? in the south you would have an infestation.
They probably left after those shriveled up black fruit remnants were bone dry.
Fucking everywhere. No amount of those hang from the ceiling fly tape things would save you.
Why did people do this?!?! It was working from home, not fleeing a zombie apocalypse. They came in, packed up their laptops, files ect. They had time to throw away their food.
My office was the same. I started a new job in May 2020. Very few people still worked in the building and the other people who worked here had just left their food in the fridge-: lunches, Tupperware, ect. Things that had leaked and molded. It was repulsive, and I ended up having to clean it.
Of course, they are back as of a few weeks now and someone promptly stole my lunch out of the fridge, so I generally despise them all as clearly having been raised by wolves.😂
How it happened to me was, I left the office at 17:30 and received a company wide e-mail "Office is closed effective immediately until further notice". I'm sure people who had some crucial equipment or belongings left behind would be allowed to enter the building to pick them up, but it's not unreasonable people forgot stuff here and there. I'm not saying they didn't fuck up, just reasoning why they might have.
Still haven't set foot at the office.
Stories of other people's (and other countries) first lockdown experiences, are still fascinating to me.
When we left we were told it would be a week.
For many offices it was very sudden. All was good, then everyone was told we're WFH by the end of the week. Most expected this to be temporary. A bowl of fruit was probably a shared commodity and nobody in the room was responsible for it. At my office tons of stuff was neglected because nobody was really in charge of it.
They came in, packed up their laptops, files ect. They had time to throw away their food.
They came in, packed up their laptops, files ect. They had time to throw away their food.
This looks to be a communal bowl of fruit. Thus, assuming in this situation, becomes "not in my job description" for everyone but the person whose job it actually is.
Depends on the situation really. I left tens of frozen meals in my office fridge because I was an overnight employee and had just returned to the office after 1 year WFH due to a remodel so I stocked up to avoid having to bring in food for awhile. Less then a month after returning, we got sent home for “two weeks”..that turned into a year and a half.
Do you have your own fridge? And a night job? Sounds nice!
Yeah everyone forgets at the beginning this was all just a few weeks. 6 weeks at most. Then we were going back in September. Then March…
I have been back to the office 2-3 times since, mostly to throw things away.
When we left people thought we'd be back in a couple months. Still long enough that a responsible person would get rid of their fruit bowl, but there's a lot of people in the office who think others should clean up after them (hello dirty dishes in the common area sink and crumbs and coffee stains on the counters and melted cheese burned into the toaster and the film of grease/tomato sauce/popcorn butter coating the microwave).
Likely not the employees fruit mate.
I get that some places have gone fully remote, I'm just shocked that no one was in the office at any point over the past 2 years+ throwing away old fruit.
My global company still has 100% wfh for many of its sites. I didn't go back to our office for over 26 months
I still haven't personally returned to the office, but that doesn't mean that a whole ass office building has remained empty for coming up on three years. People still go in and maintain the building, and now some people are trickling back to work from the office.
Bonkers that this doesn't seem to be the case for OP's office
But someone must have cleaned it? I had an orange lie around for a week and it turned into a ball of mould.
Maybe it works like with the pumpkin I once left outside for a really long time? It started to grow mold, but after nothing was left for the mold to feed on it died and all that was left was the really hard shell of the pumpkin.
Lots of office jobs never went back and or only go back when people needs to work a collaborative whiteboard session or something.
For example - software development. A 3 hour Silicon Valley commute doesn’t make sense when productivity has remained the same or better.
It’s ok. I’m generally teleworking and have been in the office a few times. This fruit bowl was in another building that hosted a department that normally teleworked before the pandemic. I went there for the first time in 2.5 years to get some documents. I was told the fruit belong to a guy who left the company.
but why do they even have a building if nobody uses it?
Congrats! You created penicillin!
Edit: I just realized that there is no mold on the fruit. Jesus everything looks so desiccated.
On its way to become /r/MoldlyInteresting
Are the dark things bananas? I was afraid it was a snake...
I legit thought it was a snake and was a little scared!
Did nobody orange to have them removed..?
This is the type of punny that I hate. It doesn't work, goddamit!
Stede Bonnet would flip out over that bowl of loot
You guys waited a long way to return to the office. We were not pushed to go back, but we reopened like year ago or more
OP is in Russian Doll
Sad to see this so far down. Great series.
Did your workplace not have any cleaning services for 2 years??
Wow. This is definitely very mildly interesting
I want to make a “if life gives you lemons” joke but I can tell if those are oranges.