Was the microwave vital to the burn? The cheese pie question.

Forensic fun puzzle of the day: To what extent, if any, was the microwave vital to the import of this medical report? “Thermal burn of palate caused by microwave heated cheese-pie: A case report,” Cases Journal, Panagiotis Kafas and Christos Stavrianos,  vol.1 (2008): 191. The authors, at Aristotle University, Thessalonica, Greece, report: “A female patient, […]

Making cheese from humans’ foot, nose, armpit bacteria

“Make hay while the sun shines, but make cheese from places where it does not” is the unstated them of a project described in Christina Agapakis‘s Harvard PhD Thesis (and described more colorfully on her web site): “Descriptions of  human body odors often overlap with those of  cheese; Propionibacterium used to make Swiss cheese is a major […]

Sex in cheese

Though sometimes discussed (and perhaps sometimes observed) by cheesemakers, sex in cheese was, officially, to some extent a theoretical occurrence until the publication of this new study, which was performed in France: “Sex in Cheese: Evidence for Sexuality in the Fungus Penicillium roqueforti,” Jeanne Ropars, Joëlle Dupont, Eric Fontanillas, Ricardo C. Rodríguez de la Vega, […]

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