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Old 28 January 2013, 06:23 PM
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Icon23 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.
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Old 28 January 2013, 06:35 PM
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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.
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Old 28 January 2013, 06:36 PM
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Spirits can be very flammable.
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Old 28 January 2013, 06:42 PM
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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.
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Old 28 January 2013, 06:47 PM
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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.
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Old 28 January 2013, 06:50 PM
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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!

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Old 28 January 2013, 08:38 PM
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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.
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Old 31 January 2013, 07:12 PM
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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.

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Old 31 January 2013, 07:13 PM
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Does anyone know what set it off?
Gay marriage.
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Old 31 January 2013, 07:19 PM
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I thought gay marriage correlated with increased cheese quality and availability.
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Old 31 January 2013, 07:29 PM
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Lack of gay marriage.
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Climate change.
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Old 31 January 2013, 07:54 PM
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I like the sound of High Availability Cheese.
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I like the sound of High Availability Cheese.
Good band name, that.
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From the photo in the OP, it looks delicious. Who knew it could substitute for napalm?
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