Intricate staircases made by secretive French woodworking masters

An art collector who died earlier this year donated a remarkable collection of escaliers to Cooper-Hewiit Museum. The tiny staircases were fashioned by French compagnons, a secretive trade group of master craftworkers. Read the rest

You're gonna love this 15 minute video on how to cut a wheel of cheese

The combination of a huge wheel of cheese, lots of specialized knives, and this cheese expert's unusual manner of speaking makes this a really entertaining watch. If you want to skip straight to the action, the cheese is "broken" about 7 minutes in.

"We have already explained to the cheese where he must broken." "This is the only way to cut such a cheese."

How to break open a Parmesan cheese with Carlo Guffanti Read the rest

Pink slime, meet "green slime"

Grist's article on local, artisan connective tissue and beef paste is possibly my favorite April Fools story of 2012. Read the rest