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Man turns 700-pound block of cheddar into Mount Rushmore replica

- Associated Press, June 30, 2007

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. - It’s George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln — carved out of a giant block of cheese.

Troy Landwehr used his carving tools to turn a 700-pound block of Land O’ Lakes cheddar into a replica of Mount Rushmore.

The cheese carver and winemaker was commissioned by Cheez-It snack crackers to make the monumental carving….

The carving eventually will end up in Oklahoma and be cut into cubes to become a snack itself….

George and Thomas, Abe and Ted,
each of them a giant head

Of cheese, carved from a block by Troy:
now, Lord in Heaven, there’s a boy

Who knows how patriots should act!
Each President, preserved intact

Until he’s cut in cubes to please us.
Pray God that next he’ll tackle Jesus!

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Bruce Bennett teaches writing and literature at Wells College in Aurora, New York. He would have liked to see the 700-pound block of cheddar carved into a replica of Mount Rushmore, but is just as happy that the Thanksgiving Eel did not beat out the turkey.