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RoTM It's been suspiciously quiet of late on the murderous white goods front, but confirmation that your kitchen is still out to get you comes in the form of a chilling exploding fridge attack in South Africa.

According to the Pretoria Times, Adrian Coetzee, of Silver Lakes, Pretoria, "narrowly escaped death" on Wednesday when the 7am blast "ripped through his kitchen, blowing food and shrapnel from his four-month-old fridge across the room".

Mercifully, Coetzee was knocking up a milkshake "with his back to the fridge when it exploded", and he escaped with slight injuries to his neck and shoulder caused by the flying fridge door. His house came off worse, with damage to the garage ceiling and kitchen and lounge windows blown out.

A shaken Coetzee recounted: "I thought the world was coming to an end. I think I'm the only guy nearly killed by his fridge."

Neo-Luddite Resistance Army cadres should note that the assassination attempt was triggered by Coetzee's housekeeper reconnecting the juice to the kitchen appliances after their owner had noticed they were dead on Tueday night. He confirmed: "It was when she flicked the power back on that the blast took place."

The bomb squad later determined the incident wasn't caused by explosives, while a Samsung SWAT team comprising several engineers and managers admitted it "couldn't say what caused the blast". An independent refrigeration expert sent by an insurance company "suggested the explosion may have been caused by something inside the fridge, as opposed to a fridge component", but Coetzee said he would launch his own enquiry into the incident. ®

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Thanks to Francois Holloway for the heads-up.

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