Refrigerator Light: Shared Experience Among Chinese Netizens

Cartoon of a man peeking into a refrigerator to see when the light turns off.

From Sina Weibo:

@小野妹子学吐槽: I’m definitely not the only person who has seriously performed this experiment before.

Cartoon of a man peeking into a refrigerator to see when the light turns off.
“Seeing how far you have to close the refrigerator door before the light inside goes out.”

Comments from Sina Weibo:


So you guys have all been looking from the outside?


There’s also me.


Also old-style mobile phone, those with covers [clam shell style].


Done it, but I wasn’t in such a sneaky position.


I thought only I was such a stupid cunt!


That’s me! But in that kind of post, that’s only you!


Also clam shell mobile phones in the past, the lights on notebook computers, where magnetic cases will snap together, how far a door has to be opened so it won’t close by itself, or how far a ruler or pencil can be placed off the edge of a table before it falls. It’s all just studying thresholds.


The light goes off when it presses down on the pointy button inside. Same thing if you press that button normally.

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  • crxrunn

    Ah yes, the days of youth…

    • mr.wiener

      I taped the button down and felt very pleased with myself.

      • vincent_t

        then we all grown up and start tapping nipple to feel pleased.

        • AbC

          I will assume you are tapping the nipples and not taping it as per what mr.wiener did with the refrigerator button. I thought grown ups have better use of the nipples to feel pleased than tapping it (or taping it for that matter).

          • Irvin

            When I’m bored I flick it, screams and slaps comes after though.

          • AbC

            If you scream after flicking it, I assume you’re talking about your own nipples?

  • Rick in China

    “The light goes off when it presses down on the pointy button inside. Same thing if you press that button normally.”

    Yes, yes, it’s not magic. Whoda’thunk. How did this possibly get to be a popular post on the Chinawebs? THAT, my friends, is magic. The magic of stupidity.

    • takasar1

      i’m guessing you must be a stranger to the internet? never wondered too far from the tabloids i’d imagine…

      • Apothis

        Well he’s definitely strange…..and most of us are not his friends.

  • Zen my Ass

    Masturbation is out of fashion all of a sudden?

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Just ask the little man who lives in there when it goes off.

  • Dolph Grunt

    I don’t know what was more of a waste of time, this article or me reading it.

    • JayJay

      you commenting on it and you checking this reply…

      • Dolph Grunt

        Sigh… yeah

  • ClausRasmussen

    Haha. Me too, me too!

    Didn’t knew it was so common. I believed only I did it because I was a hopeless nerd

  • Alphy

    lol “So you guys have all been looking from the outside?” I can just picture a guy taking everything out of his fridge, climb inside just to figure this out.

  • Lei Feng’s Hat

    More fun with refrigerators: design 90% of modern Chinese homes/apartments so that a refrigerator cannot fit in the kitchen, thus the refrigerator becomes a classy piece of living room furniture.

  • AbC

    Is the ‘Putin putting a shawl on Peng Liyuan (Xi Jinping’s wife) during the APEC summit’ being censored? It was spreading like wildfire… And suddenly nothing!
    WTF does China (Xi) have to fear about this?

    • FYIADragoon

      Well Putin is the embodiment of Russian masculinity. I’m sure Xi the Pooh feels a little insecure.

  • Surfeit

    Err,,, test?

    • mr.wiener

      yep , no problem. Sorry about that bro.

  • Jahar

    I’m guessing this is a conversation had by 8 year olds?

  • ESL Ninja

    Proof of stupidity

  • KenjiAd

    I used to enjoy farting inside a bath tub. I would collect the fart bubbles using an upside-down plastic bowl inside the water. Then I flip the bowl to make one, big fart, to see how it smells. Wait… I just did that yesterday and I’m 55.