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The word 'cheese' occurs only twice in the King James Bible: once in the Second Book of Samuel and once in the Book of Job.

The Wisconsin Cheese-Makers Association has hosted the biennial World Championship Cheese Contest since 1957. An Australian brie was voted World Champion Cheese in 2002; a Dutch Old Gouda won in 2004.

You cannot make cheese in Wisconsin without a cheese-maker's licence; Limburger cheese-makers require a master cheese-maker's licence.

According to a British study, the optimum thickness of cheese to be put into a cheese sandwich varies according to the cheese: 7mm for Wensleydale; 5mm, Cheshire; 4.5mm, Caerphilly; 3mm, blue Stilton; 2.8mm, cheddar; and 2.5mm for double Gloucester or red Leicester. Using an aroma-measuring device, Dr Len Fisher of Bristol University was able to show that, once a cheesy smell has reached a certain level, increasing the amount of cheese makes no difference. His results are listed in a report entitled: 'Optimum Use of Cheese in a Cheese Sandwich', which he prepared for the British Cheese Board in 2003.

An Irish chieftain nicknamed Cheese-Guzzler O'Ruairc died of "a surfeit of sex" in 1204.

In 1878, Thomas Nuttall built a 60ft replica of Cleopatra's Needle out of 54 Stilton cheeses. Queen Victoria liked it so much she bought all the cheeses.

"Cheese without a rind is like a maiden without shame," - Old Spanish proverb.

The first recorded sighting of the word 'cheeseburger' was on 23 December 1941 over a shop in Burbank, California.


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