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Humans Have Been Eating Cheese For At Least 7,500 Years 214

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have found conclusive evidence for the first time that humans have been making cheese since the 6th millennium BC."
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Humans Have Been Eating Cheese For At Least 7,500 Years

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  • Cheese (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Ossifer ( 703813 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @05:10PM (#42279661)

    Cheese is made from milk.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @05:22PM (#42279877)

    This may come as a shock to you, but some of us find our history interesting and want to learn something other than the difference between the GPL 2.0 and GPL 3.0 or how much skin some "genius" chews off his foot in public places. This is interesting because it represented a huge leap forward for humans. It meant a greater variety of food sources were available which makes eating a much more stable proposition. It also meant that people could start making longer term plans.

    When those sorts of things happen the result is time to pursue things like "knowledge" and a greater understanding of the world around us. The reason that dweebs like us are free to enrich ourselves (i.e. browse pr0n on the web) is because it takes fewer people to produce the food that we eat. Obtaining sustenance is kinda high up on the list of priorities and is something everybody either does or thinks about multiple times per day.

    So yeah, this is kind of big news. This is a case where the information is in the main stream media because it is interesting for us as well as for the normals. Rather than complain that other people are interested in nerdy shit we should be happy that other people still have enough of a sense of curiosity to learn about this instead of simply trying to reach for the remote why spilling their cheetos all over themselves as they try to turn to the cartoon channel to get away from intesmegmalectual crap like this.

    Oh yeah, and next time you see something that is not interesting to you, you might want to try not complaining about it rather than trying to belittle anyone around you who might find it interesting. You know, kinda like the assholes who are always scoffing at your interest in the latest developments in the Python code base and how it impacts the postgrsql connector class.

  • by Holladon ( 1620389 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @05:59PM (#42280429)

    (PS: if any modern cultures exist that don't eat cheese, beer, or bread, I don't mean to imply that they're not fully human.

    Maybe not, but with no cheese, no bread, and no beer, WHAT IS THE DAMN POINT.

  • Re:Ob... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:49PM (#42281281) Journal

    Oh I wouldn't be surprised if some day they trip over a cave in the middle of nowhere and find proto-writing that dates a hell of a lot farther back. The problem is what was most likely used was red ochre which was the first easily gathered pigment. We know this because we have found red ochre dust in ancient graves. Problem is that red ochre chips and flakes off quite easily so if you want writing to last thousands of years that ain't the stuff to be using for the paint.

    But you can take a little kid, barely able to walk and talk, hand him some finger paints and he is gonna start drawing showing that the creative spark to express is about as natural as breathing to the human animal. Since all proto-writing started off as crude shapes that represented real world objects that simply got more abstract as time went on and it was used more then if humans have a natural desire to create and express it is logical to think they would have started as soon as they had paint. Even the cave drawings we have found seem to be depicting stories, such as hunts or great battles, so who is to say there isn't some cave we haven't found yet with the first primitive writing going back long before when we thought it started?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 14, 2012 @12:09AM (#42284039)

    Not only a greater variety food but cheese has a number of qualities that make it useful and as you said a leap forward. It keeps well, it's high energy food for its volume and weight*, it's a way to preserve excess milk for later and it tastes good. Pretty valuable stuff I'd say.

    * Which makes it good take along food for traveling.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!