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A Study on KE Refrigerators

Writer : Goh Yi Hui

Editor : Png Ning

Introduction

The Refrigerator is a common household electrical appliance which functions mainly to keep perishables fresh for a longer period.  It works primarily by reducing bacterial activity due to the lower temperature.  Such a facility is commonly found in the pantries and kitchenettes in King Edward VII Hall.  This study will concentrate on the perpetuating concerns that several KEVIIans have raised over the years.  There have been several complaints on the fast deteriorating state of hygiene while using the refrigerator, especially the communal ones at KE.  Hence, KE Media decided to conduct a field research to examine if there is any justification to the complaints against this life-changing appliance.

Figure 1 shows the subject of study, a refrigerator.

Materials and Methods

Five fridges were surveyed thoroughly for their contents. Contents were divided into two categories: suspicious-looking and safe (seemingly).

Results and Discussion

The data collected revealed that at least 50% of refrigerator contents in all refrigerators surveyed except for one (shown in Figure 2) were suspicious-looking.

Figure 2 shows that100% of the content in this refrigerator was suspicious-looking. Refer to figure 5 for close up view of contents

The study also revealed that the definition of “suspicious-looking” was slightly ambiguous, eliciting responses ranging from “this seems safe…-okay maybe not” (Figure 3) to “wah what is this” (Figure 4) to “EW” (Figure 5).

Figure 3 shoes a bottle of HERSHEY’s Chocolate Syrup nearing its expiry date.”

Figure 4 shows cartons of milk and soymilk with generous topping of white coloured substance. They are also expired products.

Figure 5 shows a can of extremely suspicious-looking and potentially hazardous substance. Most probably serving as nutrient source for Neurospora crassa, Aspergillus nidulans and friends.

In some cases, the categorization of contents was also affected by its surroundings (Figure 6).

Figure 6 shows presence of specks of unknown material

An important limitation to note is that data collected may be slightly inaccurate due to the author’s reluctance to touch some of the more suspicious-looking substances. There may be a far higher incidence of suspicious-looking contents in the refrigerator.

Conclusion

I conclude that there is perhaps some justification for the negativity against this “miracle of modern living”, and humbly suggest that residents consume the refrigerator contents before their food items are subject to potential hazardous microorganism habitation.

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What do you feel about the fridges in hall? Are they safe for use? Or do you fear that your food will start glowing and growing hair every time you use the communal fridges? Are residents responsible for the state of the fridges in hall? Should the Block Comms enforce and regulate the use of the fridges more strictly?

Leave a comment and let your views be heard!!!


4 Responses to “A Study on KE Refrigerators”


  1. 1 kailin
    November 5, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Here’s my 2 cents.

    It’s each user’s responsibility to take care that he/she maintains the cleanliness of the fridge and for his/her own items. If everyone just put in a little effort into making sure that he doesn’t leave what ever he used dirty, then the fridge can remain clean for a very long time, not to say the lifespan. This also applies to all common facilities that are available around hall.

    It just take one person to think “Other’s going to dirty it anyway, why should I clean up.” to cause the place to be dirtied and this will snow ball to something as seen in the photos.

    Block committees is just 15 people versus the 100 people living in the block and using the facilities. To a big extent they can definitely regulate, but at end of the day, it is really up to the residents’ own initiative to want to keep what ever they used clean and tidy like the way it was before.

    Depending on 15 members and 1 cleaner to clean up 100 residents’ mess in not the way to go.

  2. 2 denyse
    December 6, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    why are you guys scaring potential freshies who happened to search for ‘kevii’ on the internet? if i were a freshie i would run to ntu after seeing this post lor. haha

  3. 3 Eddie
    January 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Great article! I personally would never use any of the fridges in hall. For the KEVIIan hopefuls: You can get by without using the common fridges. If you look beyond the fridge, you’ll see a wonderful place you can call home!

  4. 4 Deborahkhoowenshi
    January 23, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Actually it depends on your luck. The g5 fridge is wonderful. But e4 is disgusting.


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