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Old 06-27-2006, 10:17 PM
Qadgop the Mercotan Qadgop the Mercotan is offline
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Why does "the cheese stand alone"?

Remember the "Farmer in the Dell" song? It ends with the line "the cheese stands alone".

Can anybody tell me what that means? What is the derivation?

I'm going back to the pool now, that's why I can't research it myself. I've one vacation day left, and I don't intend to spend much of it online.

Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:18 PM
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It's stinky cheese?
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:20 PM
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It's a good Stilton, aged to perfection.

Hey, Qad! Post the pictures your lovely wife took over on the pictures thread in MPSIMS. Dinner next time is on me. I insist.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:21 PM
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Perhaps it's really good quality cheese and needs no accompaniment. Or perhaps it just stands alone...waiting for the right wine to come along.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:23 PM
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It's a good Stilton, aged to perfection.

Hey, Qad! Post the pictures your lovely wife took over on the pictures thread in MPSIMS. Dinner next time is on me. I insist.
I can't download until I get home!

Had a great time with you.

We forgot to discuss Pratchett, tho! Now there must be a next time!
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:30 PM
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We also have to consider that the cheese may have been moved there.

The question is ... WHO moved it?
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:33 PM
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Because Frank Miller is coming in on the noon train.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:55 PM
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Why does the cheese stand alone?

1) Because that's just its whey.

2) Because "The Farmer in the Dell" is not just a song but a dance. At the beginning, one child, the "farmer," stands in the center of a circle, and the other children sing and dance around him/her. On the first verse, s/he choses a spouse, and that child leaves the circle to join the farmer at the center. The spouse takes a child on the next verse; on the next the child picks a nurse; shortly after that it's a barnyard menagerie that lasts long enough to pack the rest of the kids into the center, with the proviso that the last four characters "taken" are the dog, cat, rat, and cheese. The cheese, having no one left to "take," stands alone, and gets to be the farmer on the next go-round.
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:51 AM
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[Cheese] I like chocolate milk! [/Cheese]
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:59 AM
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Because cheese is a wedge of spite?
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:31 AM
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Because it sits... And waits... And... Plans.

Soon, my pretties, soon... You will behold the TRUE power of cheese!
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:37 AM
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When they play this at the really smart kids' preschool, the cheese takes ambient bacteria from the atmosphere.
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:39 AM
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Because according to phrase finder you damn Yankees corrupted it.
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:40 AM
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Even Venezuelan Beaver Cheese enjoys solitude now and then.
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Old 06-28-2006, 10:41 AM
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Because it sits... And waits... And... Plans.

Soon, my pretties, soon... You will behold the TRUE power of cheese!
And don't get me started on Operation The Cheese Stands Alone, the secret government program to give away cheese to the needy....
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:12 PM
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When I was a kid there was a lively argument over whether the cheese stands alone or the cheese picks the ketchup and the ketchup stands alone. I like cheese, and I like ketchup, but I don't want any intermingling of the two.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:21 PM
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It's Stinking Bishop and the song is a historical instance of Catholic-bashing?
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:27 PM
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Are we assuming that it's a problem for the cheese to stand alone? Perhaps the cheese prefers to be unpartnered.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:47 PM
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It's waiting for someone to take it to sickbay.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:55 PM
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From fear that someone might cut it.
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:32 PM
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When I'm Bleu I feel like being alone sometimes.
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:56 PM
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Because, sometime, a cheese just has to stand up for what's right- regardless of the consequences.
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:59 PM
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The song's got to end somehow, and it has to be something that holds to the same meter as "the rat takes the cheese" (or "the farmer takes a wife", or any of the other iterations).
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:38 PM
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Well you know what it's like when someone cuts the cheese... would you want to stand next to that?
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:42 PM
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It stands alone as the Packer's have won more titles than any other NFL team in history.

Oh, wait, that's Cheeseheads. Sorry.

Best guess? Limburger cheese. Probably the first to be packaged as it couldn't stand to be not seperated from itself.
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:53 PM
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And don't get me started on Operation The Cheese Stands Alone, the secret government program to give away cheese to the needy....

Mmmm....government cheese...<drool>

When I was a kid, my grandparents got government cheese. I have fond memories of it for some reason.
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:48 PM
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We got government cheese at the Boy Scout camp where I worked for five summers. And Twix bars by the boxcar-load, for some reason....
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:59 AM
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Because same-cheese marriage has not yet been allowed by activist courts.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:39 AM
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So that's why there was that silly MtG card...
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:09 AM
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So that's why there was that silly MtG card...
Which was exactly what I thought of too, but I couldn't work "the meat has frequent visitors" into a witty reply.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:47 AM
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Maybe the cheese wasn't a gouda dancer.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:11 AM
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He was afraid someone would Edam.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:57 AM
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No, he was Emmenthal cheese, and everyone was sick of his holier-than-thou attitude.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:52 AM
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Because while it pretended to be nice, it was really a predatory muenster.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:19 AM
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Everyone else scurried after they heard him say, "Leave me alone or I'll spray you with pepper, Jack".
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:23 AM
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When we sing it here at home, my little girls stand and raise a fist for the last verse--it's some sort of Cheese Power thing.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:34 AM
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If it was Swiss cheese, it was probably neutral on the whole standing-alone thing....
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:43 AM
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Poor cheese was feta'd to stand alone.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:06 PM
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"I wear the cheese. It does not wear me."
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:28 PM
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If you have any friends who are lactose intolerant, you know quite well why the cheese stands alone.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:23 PM
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The others are apostates, and do not believe in cheeses.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:31 PM
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Have you ever seen a cheese whiz? Leave wide berth.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:12 PM
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Have you ever seen a cheese whiz? Leave wide berth.
Sir or Madam, there is no such thing as "cheese whiz." There is, of course, "Cheez Whiz", which has only a vague relationship to real cheese and which is a registered trademark of kraftfoods whose lawyers will be contacting you shortly.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:22 PM
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which has only a vague relationship to real cheese
As long as it has no relationship to real whiz.
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:37 PM
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The others are apostates, and do not believe in cheeses.
Ha ha ha! You win the thread!
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:50 PM
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Thanks, but I can't really take credit for that one. Many above are funny and true originals.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:56 PM
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If we are grilled, do we not melt? If left alone, do we not mold? I...am not...a lunchmeat!
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:55 PM
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"Blessed are the cheesemakers...?"
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:10 PM
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The others are apostates, and do not believe in cheeses.
Well, cheese is lovely, this I know.
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:26 AM
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He couldn't stand socializing at parties; all that small talk and idle cheddar...
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