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15932.  Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:18 am Reply with quote

When the fire began, the parish constable and watchmen contacted the lord mayor Sir Thomas Bludworth. He went back to bed, saying: 'Pish! A woman might piss it out!'

15934.  Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:04 am Reply with quote

Q: What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden in order to save it from the Great Fire of London?

Forfeit: Diary

A: A piece of cheese. ("more dairy than diary")

He packed up the contents of his house on the 2nd and 3rd September and sent them away in a cart. On the 4th:
"Sir W. Batten not knowing how to remove his wine, did dig a pit in the garden, and laid it in there; and I took the opportunity of laying all the papers of my office that I could not otherwise dispose of. And in the evening Sir W. Pen and I did dig another, and put our wine in it; and I my Parmazan cheese, as well as my wine and some other things."

21484.  Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:07 am Reply with quote

Stilton is named after the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire. The name Stilton can only legally be applied to cheeses made in Leicestershire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. Not Cambridgeshire.

Stilton has never been made in Stilton. In its early days, the cheese was mostly sold from a pub in Stilton, which was an important coaching stop.

Sources: “How it all began in the pantry” by Maurice Baren (Michael O’Mara Books, 2000)

Mostly Harmless
27936.  Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:31 am Reply with quote


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27945.  Sun Oct 23, 2005 11:16 am Reply with quote

Tis true though, Mostly. See

Mostly Harmless
27975.  Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:27 pm Reply with quote


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Zaphod Beeblebrox
27976.  Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:29 pm Reply with quote

Ah, ditto.

27978.  Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:33 pm Reply with quote

Eww...still, if you have a child and you don't want to breast-feed, there's always an alternative...

1140697.  Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:33 am Reply with quote

This cheese hole thing has been recently debunked.

post 9579

It's actually hay particles, not bacteria.

Also this 'cheese flavoured cigarette':

post 9580

Is not cheese flavoured, but cheese filtered. The claim is that cheese is a better filter than charcoal - no mention of taste.

1140716.  Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:05 am Reply with quote

My cheese (Jarslberg) still has sizable holes, it has to have something to do with the way it's made, as other cheeses here are holeless (and doesn't taste as good).

1140814.  Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:03 pm Reply with quote

In polite society, when consuming cheese with holes in, it it customary to leave said holes on the side of the plate.

1140836.  Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:10 am Reply with quote

I cannot help but think of that cheese as "Tom and Jerry cheese". I was convinced it didn't really exist for about the first decade of my life.


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