A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 14, 2021
“It’s time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside”

"It’s time to clean the fridge/refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images.

“It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside” was posted on the newsgroup alt.jokes on December 10, 2002. The saying was included with several “Tips and Truths.”

“@MagButter It’s time to clean the fridge when something closes the door from the inside” was posted on Twitter by Zeyad Salem on August 23, 2011.


Google Groups: alt.jokes
Tips and Truths
Linda
Dec 10, 2002, 8:59:45 AM
HOUSEKEEPING TIPS
Tomorrow I do housework, NO EXCUSES!!!! (unless they’re good ones)

1: It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

2: If it walks out of your refrigerator, let it go!

Google Groups: alt.support.stop-smoking
OT: Housekeeping tips
Kathleen
Dec 11, 2002, 3:02:35 PM
Perfect reminders for this time of year:
1: It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

2: If it walks out of your refrigerator, let it go!

Newspapers.com
6 October 2004, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “Book reveals falsehoods in political tale” by Doug Robarchek, pg. 5E, col. 5:
Men’s Housekeeping Hints
(...)
2. It’s time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from inside.

Twitter
Jamie
@lovenature813
It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.
8:40 AM · Mar 24, 2008·Twitter Web Client

14 January 2010, Taos (NM) News, “Overheard and Unconfirmed” by Rick Romancito, pg. TE42:
Here are a few suggestions for dealing with housework in the land of acceptible grime:

It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

Twitter
Zeyad Salem
@Zeyadsalem
Replying to @MagButter
@MagButter It’s time to clean the fridge when something closes the door from the inside.
6:52 PM · Aug 23, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
Funny Status Updates for Facebook:
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By Erik Groset
Charleston, SC: Advantage Media Group
2012
Pg. 68:
It’s time to clean the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
You know it’s time to clean the fridge when something closes the door from the inside.

Facebook
Church Funnies
May 2, 2013 at 7:15 AM ·
Rules for Good Housekeeping
1. It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

Twitter
Miss_Ang
@angeliav68
It’s time to clean the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside…
10:00 PM · Aug 2, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Mad As A March Hare
@twowitwowoo
You know it’s time to clean out the fridge when something closes the door from the inside.
2:21 AM · Aug 18, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
H0llyw00d28
@K3vinJolly
You know It’s time to clean the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.
12:00 PM · Jan 13, 2021·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
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