Mineral Point, Wisconsin is home to Hook’s Cheese Co., owned by Tony and Julie Hook. Since 2000, something very special has been incubating in their cheese cave, and it will soon be ready to make its grand debut: A 20-year aged cheddar that will sell for $209 per pound. This year, they’ll be selling 500 pounds. Tony Hook says that to age the cheese properly, he taste-tests his cheddar vats every year to make sure that it’s developing the way he wants. The Journal Sentinel article lists resources for those looking to advance order the 20-year cheddar, which will be released May 23rd.
(Source: Eater; Image: New Braunfels Smokehouse)
A South African man seeking a Guinness World Record said he is nearly two months into his attempt to spend 67 days living in a barrel at the top of a pole. Vernon Kruger marked his 60th day Monday in the wine barrel mounted to the top of the pole in Dullstroom and said he expects to break the Guinness World Record at 11:32 a.m. Jan 20 — although that won’t mark the end of his attempt. Kruger said he is currently aiming to beat the record by a full week, possibly longer. He said his biggest safety concern at the top of the pole is lightning. Kruger said a bolt of lightning narrowly missed his pole only a few days into his attempt.