Writer : Goh Yi Hui
Editor : Png Ning
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.
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.
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).
In some cases, the categorization of contents was also affected by its surroundings (Figure 6).
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.
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.
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?
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