This Week’s Science Project

Withered Grapefruit

Withered Grapefruit


How long does it take for a grapefruit to go bad in the refrigerator? That all depends upon how cold the fridge is and how old the fruit was when bought from the market. The one in question was purchased on February 12, 2014, along with three others which have long been eaten.

Eating a grapefruit is a bit of a hassle for a lazy-boned bum like me. I even leave oranges to the last minute of edibility for the work it takes peeling them. I’ve never tried to peel an entire grapefruit’s rind and eat the slices as one would do with its smaller counterpart, but next time I buy some I’ll give that a shot; although, I kind of think it’s a bad idea, considering its size is greater than the latter and not sweet at all.

The problem for me is having to slice the tart breakfast in half—saving one portion in cellophane wrapping for safekeeping—and slicing with a paring knife around the circumference of the fruit, including in between the sections forming multiple, spoke-like radii, radiating from the center and shielding each pie-shaped, succulent morsel with a cocoon-like nest. That’s several cuts around the exterior, plus 26 swipes along either side of each portion, and a swoop around the middle. All this takes time, like I don’t have enough of it. I’d just as soon pop bread into the toaster, pour a bowl of cereal, or nuke pre-made sausage biscuits in the microwave oven. I even don’t mind cooking a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, and home fries. All that extra work for a blasted grapefruit, which leaves me still hungry after eating it, doesn’t seem much at all worth it.

The remaining somewhat-sour encumbrance is exhibiting the start of green mold after 39 days in the Frigidaire. Its texture feels a bit mushy, yet is probably still edible. Perhaps now would be a good time to peel the rind like an orange, to see if that would make devouring the fruit any user-friendlier. Nah, the scientist in me compels the waiting until green mold has begun to run rampant, noting how long that will take, leaving only the trash bin left for its ultimate demise.

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About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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2 Responses to This Week’s Science Project

  1. Jason Everhardt says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself, letting good food go to waste. What with all the people starving in third-world countries, not to mention the US, that’s a downright disgrace.

    • You sound like my mother did when I was a kid at suppertime. I couldn’t understand the logic. I told her to pack up my leftovers and ship it to them. She shipped me to my room without dessert.

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