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9575.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 6:28 am Reply with quote

There is a lot of cheese in the world (especially in France) and it is one of the earliest known human foods.

9576.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 6:30 am Reply with quote

The film director Josef von Sternberg walked off a film in protest after the cast collapsed his tent while he was trying to get into his pajamas and rubbed Limburger cheese onto the engine of his car.

s: BTB

Your starter for ten: What was the name of the film?

9577.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 6:34 am Reply with quote

The love of cheese, apparently, is called turophilia, a condition which affects many people.

Turophobia, according to a tiny number of googles, is the fear of cheese.

For a bonus: Can anyone name a famous turophobe?

9578.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 6:36 am Reply with quote

Cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep, goats, horses, reindeer, llamas, yaks, water-buffalo, camels and zebras but there is no record of anyone ever making cheese from donkey's milk.

s: HOF s: OCF

Can anyone find any references to donkey cheese, or to that of any other whacky mammal?

9579.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:15 am Reply with quote

The holes in Emmental and Gruyere are produced because by the action of the starter culture Propionibacter shermani, a bacterium that produces bubbles, called "eyes". The size of the holes can be adjusted by controlling the temperature of the cheese, its acidity and its curing time. Since 2002 USDA regulations have specified that the diameter of the eyes in US-produced "Swiss" cheese must not exceed 11/16 of an inch because some cheese slicer manufacturers were complaining that their machines didn't work properly on larger holes than that.

9580.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:20 am Reply with quote

US patent no 3,234,948 is for Stuart M Stebbings' invention, the cheese-flavoured cigarette. It was issued on Feb 15, 1966, if this site is to be believed:

I could maybe confirm this at the US Patent Office website if I wasn't behind a corporate firewall which won't let me. Could someone else try? You can search by the patent number.

9581.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:30 am Reply with quote

Cheese rolling takes place in various places, the best-known being Cooper's Hill, Brockworth, just off the A46, on Spring Bank Holiday Monday at noon (formerly held at midsummer). Competitors sit on the edge of a steep slope waiting for the guest roller to release a 7lb Double Gloucester on the count of the Master of Ceremonies. They then chase it down the hill, which approaches a one-in-one gradient in places.

9582.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:33 am Reply with quote

Tyromancy, Tiromancy orTypomancy, is supposedly divination by the patterns formed by the coagulation of cheese.

9583.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:26 am Reply with quote

I can get an image of it up in Paint Shop Pro, Flash - it's dated February 15th 1966, attributed to S M Stebbings. In the middle of the filter, with something described as a 'porous plug' on either side, is 'grated cheese, preferably mixed with charcoal'.

9590.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:25 am Reply with quote


Frederick The Monk
9594.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:08 pm Reply with quote

(cheese) is one of the earliest known human foods

According to who?

9595.  Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:42 pm Reply with quote

Fighting talk. Stand back, everyone.

Frederick The Monk
9702.  Wed Oct 27, 2004 12:32 pm Reply with quote

I think one of the earliest known foods we can identify as being eaten by humans are probably shellfish. Shell middens from mesolithic sites such as those on Oronsay in the Inner Hebrides are stuffed with limpet shells (mmmmm, limpets), along with hazelnuts and fish bones. Spectroscopic analysis of human bones from the mesolithic also suggests a diet including large quantities of shellfish.

Brothwell, Don R., and Brothwell, Patricia, Food in Antiquity: a Survey of the Diet of Early Peoples
Mellars, Paul and Andrews, M.V., Excavations on Oronsay: Prehistoric Human Ecology on a Small Island

Frederick The Monk
9704.  Wed Oct 27, 2004 12:38 pm Reply with quote

The earliest 'scientific' evidence for milk use I can find is the Bristol work on lipid analysis in neolithic pottery which gives a date of 500 - 1000 B.C. (see I think there may also be evidence of cheese from an Old Kingdom tomb at Saqqara in Egypt dating to around 2800 B.C.

Frederick The Monk
9705.  Wed Oct 27, 2004 12:42 pm Reply with quote

Whilst there's no evidence of anyone ever making donkey cheese there is evidence for asses cheese which is mentioned by Aristotle (384 - 322 BC).

s: Aristotle. The History of Animals


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