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A Turtle Named Mack 28 January 2013 06:23 PM

Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel
 
About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost - caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway, last week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21141244

Supplies of croutons and long-handled forks were being rushed to the scene to facilitate clean-up. :p

Lainie 28 January 2013 06:35 PM

I wonder how flammable the goast cheese in my fridge is. Maybe I should eat it all up right away, you know, to reduce the risk of fire.

Chloe 28 January 2013 06:36 PM

Spirits can be very flammable.

Canuckistan 28 January 2013 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1708080)
Maybe I should eat it all up right away, you know, to reduce the risk of fire.

Then buy more, and also eat it quickly, to reduce the fire hazard.

Lainie 28 January 2013 06:47 PM

Good point. In fact, the store where my daughter buys it is located in an old barn, so we should probably buy and eat their entire stock, then repeat the process when they re-order, etc.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 28 January 2013 06:50 PM

Does anyone know what set it off? Did it spontaneously combust or was it something else?

And the fire lasted 5 days--that's a lot of cheese!

Seaboe

crocoduck_hunter 28 January 2013 08:38 PM

I'd guess that it was in a refrigerated trailer and the refrigerator unit overheated and caught fire.

About seven or eight years ago, that happened to a semi that was loaded with ice cream fairly close to where I live. There was a river of melted ice cream running down the interstate.

erwins 31 January 2013 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by A Turtle Named Mack (Post 1708069)
About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost

The goat version is not known in Norway as brunost (should not be capitalized--it just means brown cheese, and this isn't German where you capitalize all nouns). Any version containing goat milk, even a mixed goat and cow milk version, would be called geitost. If it's all goat milk, it can also be referred to as ekte geitost, which means true goat cheese. And in Norway at least, it's not really a delicacy so much as a staple food. It would be like calling cheddar cheese a delicacy in the US.

I also just discovered as I was verifying my info that apparently I'm old. The word I would use is "gjetost" which is pronounced slightly differently, but according to Wikipedia that term is no longer used in Norway. I suspect that has to do with the ongoing government effort to preserve/regulate/merge the two main dialects of Norwegian, Nynorsk and Bokmål, with geitost being a Nynorsk word. I could be wrong about that and it could be just natural language evolution.

GenYus234 31 January 2013 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker (Post 1708093)
Does anyone know what set it off?

Gay marriage.

erwins 31 January 2013 07:19 PM

I thought gay marriage correlated with increased cheese quality and availability.

GenYus234 31 January 2013 07:29 PM

Lack of gay marriage.

crocoduck_hunter 31 January 2013 07:38 PM

Climate change.

Der Induktionator 31 January 2013 07:54 PM

I like the sound of High Availability Cheese.

smittykins 31 January 2013 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Der Induktionator (Post 1709287)
I like the sound of High Availability Cheese.

Good band name, that. :)

Ali Infree 31 January 2013 09:32 PM

From the photo in the OP, it looks delicious. Who knew it could substitute for napalm?


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