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  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2011/08/16 03:48:37
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    Well, back in the day, cheese used to have a thick layer of wax on it's exterior. It was just how they always packed it. And cheese back then was bought in large amounts, so even though it was starting to get older and smellier, no one could smell it because of the layer of wax. Once someone cut through the layer to get to the cheese, it relesed a stinky odur simmilar to that of a fart. So, when someone smelled something foul, they would often exclaim, "Who cut the cheese?"
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    idk, someone farted while someone was cutting cheese?? Or they ate a lot of cheese and farted. idk
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    Well, back in the day, cheese used to have a thick layer of wax on it's exterior. It was just how they always packed it. And cheese back then was bought in large amounts, so even though it was starting to get older and smellier, no one could smell it because of the layer of wax. Once someone cut through the layer to get to the cheese, it relesed a stinky odur simmilar to that of a fart. So, when someone smelled something foul, they would often exclaim, "Who cut the cheese?"
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    idk, someone farted while someone was cutting cheese?? Or they ate a lot of cheese and farted. idk
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    interesting question lol!

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  • dani 2011/08/17 01:11:48
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    The stars and beyond..
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  • TaiLikesZomies:3♥ 2011/08/16 20:39:11
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    back in the olden days , a baker was cutting some cheese then he farted , the end -_-
  • marcie 2011/08/16 20:05:36
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    I think jumpboots has the right answeras most references I found refered to farts also
  • Bill 2011/08/16 17:45:32
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    Maybe it came from the smell of Limburger cheese. Limburger cheese smells like a dead rat. Years ago when I work in a grocery store, the Limburger cheese was wrapped in foil. If you touched a block of it, your hand would then smell like a dead rat.
  • Josh Robinson R.P.2012' PWCM. 2011/08/16 14:54:06
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    Cut the stinky Limburger Cheese...! Limburger Cheese is a strong smelling cheese some would even describe as maloderous... I'm guessing one day someone walked into a wall of fart fumes and asked.... man.... who cut the cheese...lol maloderous guessing walked wall fart fumes cut cheese lol Limburger Cheese
  • Arishanti 2011/08/16 14:34:43
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    Can't say I know
  • ~IMHO~ 2011/08/16 13:01:58
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    LMAO
  • ed 2011/08/16 12:53:07
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    Some cheese when sealed in wax has an escaping "sssssssssssss" sound when first cut. LOL I don't really know, I read that on someone else's post.
  • mind over matter 2011/08/16 11:23:23
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    Back in 1886 Cheese makers asked their customers "Do you want me to cut the Cheese or take it in a block ?" HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!
  • Keith 2011/08/16 10:50:51
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    Your ass
  • Boris Badinov 2011/08/16 10:03:58
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    My cousin, Jim?
  • California Jones 2011/08/16 09:57:11
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    Many types of cheese STINK.
  • ~IMHO~ Califor... 2011/08/16 13:06:17
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    I love a stinking English Stilton Blue Cheese. Smells like rotting shoes. Tastes utterly delish......yum.
  • Califor... ~IMHO~ 2011/08/17 01:54:55
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    Even Pepto Bismol couldn't help.
  • ~IMHO~ Califor... 2011/08/17 04:46:13 (edited)
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    Stick to Walmart cheese.......that's probably more in keeping with your level of sophistication, or lack thereof. :-p
  • Califor... ~IMHO~ 2011/08/17 08:01:55
    California Jones
    Who are YOU to say that? Go eat your rotten shoe cheese in the walk-in freezer, and forget to walk out.

    What a self-appointed wannabe elitist mook.
  • ~IMHO~ Califor... 2011/08/17 08:25:13
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    Go fax yourself.
  • Califor... ~IMHO~ 2011/08/17 08:36:38 (edited)
    California Jones
    That's MY line. Get your own or steal form someone else.
  • ~IMHO~ Califor... 2011/08/21 00:53:41
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    I must apologize for my belated response. You see, I have been extremely busy living my 'real' life, as opposed to this pathetic charade. In any event, a very close friend of mine (who, astonishingly, shares your exact same screen name) has totally assured me that they have been using the phrase "Go Fax Yourself" for well over 15 years!! My carefully considered theory, therefore, is that it is YOU who plagiarized both that phrase, AND your screen name, from my friend!! So there!! :(
  • Califor... ~IMHO~ 2011/08/21 09:09:24
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    YOU LIE!
  • Zammo ~IMHO~ 2011/08/17 22:11:14
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    Oh, man, now you are talking. I love Stilton! You have excellent taste.
  • ~IMHO~ Zammo 2011/08/21 00:36:33
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    Great minds think alike, that's us!! English Stilton Cheese is simply "to die for!!" With crackers, spread on bread, grated over soup, whatever. It rocks. I also love a whole bunch of Italian and French cheeses. Take it easy. :)
  • historian 2011/08/16 08:56:02
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    I've been told it was a reference to limburger cheese, which has a strong odor.
  • Bob DiN 2011/08/16 07:40:32
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    Not sure, I think because some cheeses smell.
  • sundance 2011/08/16 06:46:20
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    Well lets see, shall we? You take a big ass block of cultured ( rotting) milk, and other noxious ingredients, and seal them in wax for an undisclosed amount of time. Then, just when the time is right, you "cut" that big block (or cake, as it were) of enzyme infused, rotting milk filled block of wax. Got it? Good...Just a thought...

    PS. One word here... Limburger...
  • Rebecca 2011/08/16 06:33:19
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    maybe cause some cheese smells like bum...?
  • Happy 2011/08/16 05:53:11
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    no idea but i never use the phrase anyways.
  • Leo Happy 2011/08/16 15:22:21
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    Neither do I but it seems to have gained popularity.
  • U Mad Bro? 2011/08/16 05:48:33
  • Ramon 2011/08/16 05:33:59
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    Maybe because when you cut into cheese sometimes it can smell kind of rank.
  • Pele Emerging 2011/08/16 05:04:38
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    : "Cut" has been used in this manner, in various phrases, since the late 1800s. "Cut the cheese" appeared either in the 1950s or between 1965-70, depending on who you want to believe.

    : CUT THE CHEESE -- Since the late 1800s "cut" in various phrases meant "to expel intestinal gas." 1899 - To cut one's finger, is to break wind. "Cut the cheese" is placed in 1965-70 by this source. "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume 1 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England). Another reference says the phrase "cut the cheese" was used earlier but with a different meaning: 1895 Gore, Student Slang, 17: Cut no cheese. To have no weight or value. From "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994. A third source says the expression originated in the "Mainstream 1950s." From "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996).
  • Leo Pele Em... 2011/08/16 15:23:41
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    I did not know that. Thank you.
  • Pele Em... Leo 2011/08/16 17:16:36
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    Well, if you've ever cut into a wheel of a fresh, stinky cheese, it becomes a little more obvious. (grin)
  • Mandi Pandi 2011/08/16 04:19:11
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    something to do with the french. >_>
  • SK-pro impeachment 2011/08/16 04:18:31
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    Who ever knows the answer dealt it.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2011/08/16 03:48:37
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    Well, back in the day, cheese used to have a thick layer of wax on it's exterior. It was just how they always packed it. And cheese back then was bought in large amounts, so even though it was starting to get older and smellier, no one could smell it because of the layer of wax. Once someone cut through the layer to get to the cheese, it relesed a stinky odur simmilar to that of a fart. So, when someone smelled something foul, they would often exclaim, "Who cut the cheese?"
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    idk, someone farted while someone was cutting cheese?? Or they ate a lot of cheese and farted. idk
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    Well, back in the day, cheese used to have a thick layer of wax on it's exterior. It was just how they always packed it. And cheese back then was bought in large amounts, so even though it was starting to get older and smellier, no one could smell it because of the layer of wax. Once someone cut through the layer to get to the cheese, it relesed a stinky odur simmilar to that of a fart. So, when someone smelled something foul, they would often exclaim, "Who cut the cheese?"
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    idk, someone farted while someone was cutting cheese?? Or they ate a lot of cheese and farted. idk
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    interesting question lol!

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  • ernest debrew 2011/08/16 03:47:25
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    I do not know. You tell me.
  • mewycg 2011/08/16 03:46:52
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    Probably from one of the same minds that "cut the sh*t" came from...
  • Loverofcountry 2011/08/16 03:44:36
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    It seems that nobody really knows.

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