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Are you a cheese whiz?
by Staff
Do you know a lot about cheese? Good for you, I guess. The rest of us can test our knowledge about the More Solid Dairy here. You'll all be rewarded with a cube of cheddar.

We know that rennet is used to make cheese, but what is the stuff?

  • a bacteria
  • an enzyme
  • an acid

What is one popular cheese origin story?

  • A mouse nibbling some fermented milk gave a baker's wife the idea for cheese.
  • An Arabian merchant, using a sheep's stomach for a pouch, found that his supply of milk turned into delicious curds at the end of a hot day.
  • Cheese was discovered when a cow -- dead from staying out in the sun too long -- was dissected, and cheese was discovered in its stomach.

Who made sure not to leave home without cheese?

  • Wallace and Gromit
  • the Pilgrims
  • every astronaut, ever

What nation is NOT in the top 5 in terms of cheese consumption?

  • Italy
  • France
  • United States

How many cheeses in the UK have protected name status -- meaning that you can call the product by the name only if it's made in the certain geographical area?

  • 1
  • 16
  • none

Who coined the term "cheese-eating surrender monkeys"?

  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Groundskeeper Willie

What was the appeal of processed cheese, patented in 1916?

  • its color
  • the preservatives that kept the cheese from spoiling
  • you could squeeze it out of a tube

While grilled cheese sandwiches have been popular for ages, when did the term "grilled cheese" actually come into the lexicon?

  • the 1960s
  • during the Renaissance
  • in World War I

What makes a stinky cheese stink?

  • bacteria
  • washing the cheese
  • both

So the cheese stinks -- what does that mean for the cheese itself?

  • it has a stronger taste
  • it can only be eaten within a month of "ripening"
  • it's less acidic

What is one actual stinky cheese name?

  • The Stinking Bishop
  • Chiselwick Death Eater
  • Rank Officer

Little Miss Muffet isn't the only one who loves eating curds. But why do the tasty bits squeak when you eat them?

  • You've gravely injured them.
  • The proteins in the cheese are still quite flexible at curd stage.
  • It's the sound of the bacteria popping.

What FDA policy statement caused an uproar in cheese-making circles?

  • that cheese shouldn't be aged on wooden shelves
  • that cheese shouldn't be aged for more than two weeks
  • that processed cheese sometimes tastes really good on grilled cheese sandwiches, which is weird because it's mostly disgusting

What do you call a person who sells cheese?

  • a cheeser
  • a cheese monger
  • a dairyman, even if it's a woman

It might not surprise you that Wisconsin produces the most cheese in the U.S., but what variety makes up the bulk of its production?

  • cheddar
  • mozzarella
  • American

We can't leave the subject of Wisconsin cheese without mentioning cheeseheads. When did the Packers' fans adopt the term?

  • at a Milwaukee Brewers game
  • after Chicago fans started using it as an insult
  • both

Liz Lemon on "30 Rock" loves her cheese. What song did she sing to herself while eating the delicious dairy?

  • "Since U Been Cheese"
  • "Run the World (Cheese)"
  • "Night Cheese"

What cheese-heavy dish do Canadians eat 55 percent more of than Americans?

  • Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
  • frozen pizza
  • mozzarella sticks

What is the subject of the book "Who Moved My Cheese?"

  • where the cheese went
  • adjusting to change
  • regulating the superego with regular doses of dairy

What cheese myth was so persistent that the cheese industry funded a study to examine it?

  • that cheese caused nightmares
  • that cheese caused acne
  • that cheese caused you to lose interest in socializing with friends and family