When you ask children to draw their kitchen, you’ll notice that all of them actually included a refrigerator. Who would dare forget it? After all, fridges store all the goodies.
But precisely because we’re so used to having it in our house, we don’t think much of how important it is in our day-to-day survival.
Just imagine a world without refrigerators—no ice cream and shorter shelf life for our meat and veggies. That world is indeed less enjoyable and unsustainable.
Hence, it’s time to thank and get to know the coolest appliance we got, so here are 10 fun facts about fridges!
1. An Aussie pioneered the cooling system for your booze
In 1856, James Harrison, an inventor of Scottish-Australian descent, developed the first practical use of a vapour compression refrigeration system. His invention was later on used to optimize the cooling system for the brewing and meat-packing industries.
2. Refrigerators can live as long as your pet dog
Refrigerators last the longest among all your appliances at home. In fact, it can live as long as 13 years if properly maintained. It’s as long as Mr Wiggles’ lifespan!
3. World’s largest fridge
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest refrigerator is found inside the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. This machine houses 9,300 magnets that need cooling to as low as -271.3 °C and covers around 27 km.
10,080 tons of liquid nitrogen can only bring down the temperature to -193.2 °C. To achieve the -271.3 °C temperature, 60 tons of liquid helium are added to the system. Isn’t it COOL?
4. There is a ‘Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.’
November 15 is your refrigerator’s pampering day! Clean out its shelf, take out the meat you’ve never touched since last month, and give your fridge a good wiping. Nobody’s really sure who started it, but who cares? It’s legit, and your refrigerators love it!
5. There’s a law barring people from sleeping on a fridge…outdoors
In Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to sleep outside, especially on top of a refrigerator. If you plan to visit this state and for some reason want to sleep on top of a fridge, make sure to do it inside the house. You don’t want to spend the night in jail, right?
6. An elephant can stand on fridges built in 1939
Frigidaire, an American appliance company, showcased the durability of their fridge by having a 4-ton elephant stand on top of it. Not convinced? Go see it for yourself!
7. Do not immediately store your hot food in the fridge
This practice is both harmful for the food and the refrigerator for 3 reasons. First, the hot food may lose its nutritional value upon entering a space with abrupt temperature change. Second, salmonella bacteria might spoil it inside the fridge. Lastly, with the hot food inside, the fridge works extra hard to maintain the system equilibrium.
Hence, always make sure to bring down your hot food’s temperature first before putting it in the fridge.
8. Almost all Australian households have refrigerators
When Statista asked Australian families to list down the appliances they own at home, about 90% responded to owning a fridge.
9. Owning a fridge is now a status symbol
800,000 refrigerators are sold annually in Australia, feeding a market that boasts a total share of $800 million. Some of these sold refrigerators are not even your average fridge. These are stainless and can be as expensive as $35,000, implying that fridges have now gone beyond necessity. It has now evolved into a symbol that screams ‘rich’,
10. Your fridge deserves a deep clean
Ideally, refrigerators must be cleaned weekly to avoid contaminations. Still, sometimes regular cleaning is not enough to keep the microbes away. Fridges must be deep cleaned every 3 to 4 months to ensure their cleanliness.
Deep cleaning goes beyond the basic wiping of spills. It means emptying shelves, drying of deep pans. For more complex needs, give your experts a call.
Now that you know these cool facts make sure to take better care of your fridge. You owe them your comfort!