Renters moved out - Phoenix, Arizona in the summer time - temps at night close to normal human body temp - daytime temps would have a human in the hospital being bathed in ice water to keep their blood from boiling in their brain.
Also known as HOT!
Found a bologna sandwich in a plastic bag in the (no electricity) fridge UNDER the veggie drawer.
Gray, green, fuzzy slime.........thankfully, the plastic bag's ziplock seal was intact.
VorGuy bought a bag of potatoes "on sale" at something like 75% OFF the usual price. In spring. In Houston, Texas - same temperature range but with higher humidity being on the Gulf (of Mexico) Coast. Potatoes stored in unusual location (i.e. not where VorFemme puts potatoes) and at a time when it is too hot to cook (unless microwave cooking is the method of choice) potatoes so that they can be eaten.
I was mopping, sweeping, cleaning under the sink, and looking for the source of the truly horrible odor.
Yep, splodey fermented potatoes - under the counter stove top instead of the bottom of the pantry or under the sink (why I was trained to keep them there, I do not know - I just know that is where my mother usually ended up keeping them when I was growing up and we moved a lot due to Dad's job). I also grew up having the stove and oven being combined into ONE appliance - so the only thing kept in the stove was..........whatever was being cooked (gas stove, gas oven, and the "drawer" at the bottom was the broiler - no storage space).
With a wall oven and a counter stove top (first time we've lived in a house with that set up) - I keep pots, pans, and other METAL cooking utensils under the stove and oven. Nothing that the nearby heat source would cause to deteriorate faster than it needs to...........
But VorGuy keeps things where they make sense in HIS mind and he was running that kitchen for a year before I gave up on "For Sale By Owner" and insisted that we hire a real estate agent (which stories are not for this thread - but have been posted elsewhere in a topical thread). Taking over "his" kitchen and setting it up to be "my" kitchen was.......interesting.
Not to mention that there was a certain amount of cleaning involved, tossing of expired food items (while he was away so he couldn't tell me that I was wasting "good food"), and the purchase & installation of additional shelving and pantry organizers..........
There was also some fuzzy sour cream in the fridge - so I've seen that one, too.
I've also had the freezer break down while I had strep throat - I cleaned it up about a week later.......in West Texas heat (also about normal human body temp or just under it) during that week, it was NOT a job that I welcomed. Although having your sense of smell diminished by illness made the job slightly less horrible............maybe 5% (I was wishing that I was still too sick to tackle it in short order) but remembered that it would only get worse - as that was APRIL and May would only be hotter..........
At least I have never run into a puddle of squirrel.
I have seen a mummified cat (crawlspace under the house) though - the smell was bad, but I ran into worse a few years later (that broken freezer after five days of festering in the heat was the worst with splodey potatoes a very close second).