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An Ode to Cheese for National Poetry Month


The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

My parents were – and still are – voracious readers, and they encouraged my sister and I to do the same as much as possible. While my sister read on occasion, I would get lost in a bookstore for hours, curl up on the giant square pillows the local shop had strewn all over the children’s section and just sink into a pile of books. My mom volunteered at our school library sometimes and was always hip to the latest trend and bestselling authors, so she would offer suggestions all the time. My dad was not as in touch with the adolescent brain so he would pick titles that appealed to him or chose covers that looked cool and distinct. Continue reading

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Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters fire the Cheese Cannon

Those wacky guys from Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters spend their days tackling the craziest of myths and either proving or disproving their validity. Star busters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage use science, history, and ingenuity to recreate popular myths submitted by viewers and come up with some pretty amazing results. In Season 7, they were presented with a cheesy fable from the high seas and had cohorts Tory, Kari, and Grant put it to the test. 

The myth states that in 1847, Commodore Coe of the Uruguayan navy, short of ammunition, defeated the navy of Argentina by bombarding them with cheese cannon balls made of Edam. While Edam is a tasty cheese, it is a bit on the soft side so the team decided to include two other, harder, and period accurate fromage favorites; Smoked Gouda and Garrotxa. Which selection was top cheese? Check out the video below for the answer.



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