Friday Funny: Impromptu Fondue Party Closes Norwegian Tunnel

A five-day long fire caused by burning goat cheese has closed a highway tunnel in northern Norway indefinitely. Not having tasted Brunost, we're not sure if this is tragic or funny, or both.
January 25, 2013, 2pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Sarah Miller brings news of the tragic loss of 27 tons of a specialty goat cheese called Brunost when it caught fire while being driven through a tunnel in northern Norway. "Brunost has a lot of sugar and fat, so in addition to being good at being delicious it is also really good at burning — once it gets hot enough, it burns almost like gasoline. The fire went on for five days and the tunnel, as they say in Norway, is effed."

"The BBC reports that a highway official said it was the first cheese fire he ever remembered in Norway (and you can imagine how delighted he was to take time out of his busy schedule to answer that question). He added, 'I didn’t know brown cheese burns so well.'”

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Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Grist
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