In addition to cows, sheep, and goats -- cheese can also be made out of the milk from other mammals, including buffalo, reindeer, camels, and yaks.
I love reading funny and/or thought-provoking quotes in the signature sections of emails that come my way. In fact, I have four quotes as part of my own email sig as follows:
ďPoets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.Ē
-- G. K. Chesterton
"The mome rath isn't born that could outgrabe me!"
-- Nicol Williamson
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy when toasted and taste good with ketchup."
"It's sometimes difficult to determine if quotes found on the internet are genuine or not."
-- Abraham Lincoln.
It's the first quote that's of interest to us here. Until I ran across this quote, it hadnít really struck me that consumables like cheese tend to "fly under the radar" when it comes to things like poetry, presumably because poets are too busy trying to count the ways in which they love me.
As an aside, this reminds me of a classic joke by the British comedian and magician Tommy Cooper as follows:
I went into a French restaurant and asked the waiter, "Have you got frog's legs?" He said, "Yes", so I said, "Well hop into the kitchen and get me a cheese sandwich."
Ah, you can't beat the old jokes, can you? But we digress. I just received an email from my chum, publicity and marketing guru Alexandra Sorton, who said "I have the solution to your lack of cheese-related poetry!"
Alex then proceeded to point me at this website that provides links to cheese blogs, cheese education, cheese events, cheese organizations, cheese podcasts, and ... yes, you guessed it ... cheese poetry.
The thing about the Internet is that there's so much of it. I then ran across the Cheese.com website, where we discover that -- in addition to cows, sheep, and goats -- cheese can also be made out of the milk from other mammals, including buffalo, reindeer, camels, and yaks.
In turn, this reminds me of the laugh-out-loud dogs' milk episode from one of my all-time favorite science fiction comedy programs, Red Dwarf.
It turns out that they are running short of supplies, and that they are now reduced to drinking dogs' milk. The ship's computer explains the many advantages of dogs' milk, ending with the fact that it lasts longer than any other type of milk.
Our hero, Dave Lister, asks why this should be. I only hope you arenít drinking a glass of milk yourself when you hear the answer, otherwise you might find it shooting out of your nose.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting
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and then there was the Canadian poet James McIntire, aka "the Cheese Poet". P.S. read to the end about the cheese poetry competition. Ingersoll is not far from Akron, maybe at next Hamvention you can plan a side trip.
I can't believe that I neglected to include a link to the classic Monty Python Cheese Shop skit -- especially since I just finished reading John Cleese's autobiography in which he describes how this sketch came to be.
Max... "John Cleese's autobiography".... That would be a good read. Does he cover the stink he caused when he got stuck in Palmerston North in New Zealand (a 1-1/2 horse town) and said that if you were suicidal, being there would push you over the edge? The good citizens of PN responded by naming their garbage dump after him. :-)
More likely an English version of an American Western drawl, such as the one he used in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). I don't know where Max's video clip ends, but IIRC after the "Cheese Shop" sketch ends a self-satisfied film critic played by Eric Idle identifies it as Rogue Cheddar by Sam Peckinpah, the USA writer/director best known for his off-beat westerns featuring amazing amounts of violence and blood. Rogue Cheddar is followed by Peckinpah's Salad Days, a cozy British garden party that turns into utter mayhem. "Pretty strong meat there from Sam Peckinpah."
@Betajet: I've heard that CDG quote before....however the French do a surprisingly good job of it. On top of that, it's a nice place to visit (not least because it has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese :-)
Speaking of taglines, my favorite, which I just had to remove from my office email (new policy), is from William J. Donovan, WWI Congressional Medal of Honor awardee, lawyer, enforcer of Prohibition Law in the state of New York (because it was his job), gatherer of intelligence in the years before WWII, and founder of the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the CIA.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. ("Wild Bill") Donovan
Regarding cheese, I think I can eat just about anything but Limberger. My high school biology teacher, Fr. Mike, had a German Shepherd named Randolph. Students used to hang out in the bio lab after hours or some evenings watching color TV with Fr. Mike. He loved Limberger, and so did Randolph. Can you imagine the smell of Limberger mixed with Dog Breath?
I do like Blue Cheese (with lettuce, tomato, mayonaise, fried onions, and crushed hot pepper relish) with my monthly 1/2 pound rare burger on Beer Release and Rod and Gun Club meeting night (First Thirstday of the month). Any time is good for Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella, Gorgonzolla, ... you get the picture!
@Stargzer...I think I have posted this before, if so ignore the following ramblings. While living in Zimbabwe I used to visit friends in Johannesburg - about 4 of them living in a shared house. I once bought some Danish Esrom cheese, a particularly stinky one (but it tastes great!). However I forgot to take it with me when I left. No-one knew whose it was so it was only about a month later (when it was really ripe :-) when someone said, "Whose is this damn stinky cheese?" No one owned up so they chucked it out. On my next visit I said "I hope someone enjoyed the cheese I forgot last time?" Fortunately it was a short visit because they were all a bit cool to me....
Re Blue cheese....stop it, you're making me drool..... :-)
@Betajet: "I've read that Époisses de Bourgogne has such a stong odor that it's banned from the Paris Métro."
I want some!!!
PS Apparently it IS stinky but NOT banned from any French public transport. The story is repeated widely on the 'net but HERE I found pretty well confirmed that it is not true. And anyway, I think the French would (justifiably) be up in arms if it was!