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'''''Who Cut the Cheese?''''' is the title of two novellas published in 2000 that parody the best-selling self-help business fable ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': one by "Stilton Jarlsberg" (pen name of Stephen White) and one by ''National Lampoon'' editor Mason Brown.

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'''''Who ''Who Cut the Cheese?''''' Cheese?'' is the title of two novellas published in 2000 that parody the best-selling self-help business fable ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': one by "Stilton Jarlsberg" (pen name of Stephen White) Creator/StephenWhite) and one by ''National Lampoon'' editor Mason Brown.
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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Biff in the frame story is selling copies of ''Who Cut the Cheese?'' out of his car.


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* RecursiveCanon: Biff in the [[FramingDevice frame story]] is selling copies of ''Who Cut the Cheese?'' out of his car.


* FollowYourNose: One of the rats in [=CheesyUniverse=] told Ho that the rat found [=CheesyUniverse=] by following not the smell of cheese but another rat's scent: literal brown nosing.

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* FollowYourNose: One of the rats in [=CheesyUniverse=] told Ho that the rat found [=CheesyUniverse=] by following not the smell of cheese but another rat's scent: literal brown nosing.brown-nosing.



** One motivational poster set in a different font mentions hope and change. Jarlsberg's later publications shows his dislike for a [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama U.S. President who was elected in 2008]] on a platform of "hope and change". Given the font difference (other motivational posters use Bookman), this joke appears to have been edited into the second edition published in 2010.

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** One motivational poster set in a different font mentions hope and change. Jarlsberg's later publications shows show his dislike for a [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama U.S. President who was elected in 2008]] on a platform of "hope and change". Given the font difference (other motivational posters use Bookman), this joke appears to have been edited into the second edition published in 2010.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end, Cover is removed from the maze. The frame story characters speculate on what happens next to Cover.

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At In the end, Cover is removed from the maze. The frame story characters speculate on what happens next to Cover.



* BoobyTrap: Levers and treadles rigged to deliver electric shock.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Duck starts acting schizotypal, dressing in a grass skirt and worshipping models of delivery cars.

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* BoobyTrap: Levers and treadles rigged to deliver an electric shock.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Duck starts acting schizotypal, dressing in a grass skirt skirt, and worshipping models of delivery cars.


* TheLoinsSleepTonight: After no cheese for days, neither of the punypeople can get it up.
* NamesTheSame: Cisco Systems' stock (CSCO) outperforms that of Sysco (SYY) in the frame story, and Lewis passes the blame for a miscommunication about which stock to buy to his boss.

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: After no cheese for days, neither of the punypeople puny people can get it up.
* NamesTheSame: Cisco Systems' stock (CSCO) outperforms that of Sysco (SYY) in the frame story, and Lewis passes the blame for a miscommunication about which stock to buy to his boss.
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* Gasshole: Duck and Cover after a steady diet of Stilton cheese in Cheese Depot D.

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* Gasshole: {{Gasshole}}: Duck and Cover after a steady diet of Stilton cheese in Cheese Depot D.


* Lilliputians: The teeny people Hi and Ho, as well as Jarlsberg himself according to "About the Author".

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* Lilliputians: {{Lilliputians}}: The teeny people Hi and Ho, as well as Jarlsberg himself according to "About the Author".



* VengefulVendingMachine: Some of the levers and treadles dispense not cheesy treats but electric shocks.

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* VengefulVendingMachine: Some of the levers and treadles dispense not cheesy treats but electric shocks.


** One motivational poster set in a different font mentions hope and change. Jarlsberg's later publications shows his dislike for a [[BarackObama U.S. President who was elected in 2008]] on a platform of "hope and change". Given the font difference (other motivational posters use Bookman), this joke appears to have been edited into the second edition published in 2010.

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** One motivational poster set in a different font mentions hope and change. Jarlsberg's later publications shows his dislike for a [[BarackObama [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama U.S. President who was elected in 2008]] on a platform of "hope and change". Given the font difference (other motivational posters use Bookman), this joke appears to have been edited into the second edition published in 2010.


* BrevityIsWit: Ho considers making a poster after one incident but drops it after realizing the message would be too long to fit his template.

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* BrevityIsWit: Administrivia/BrevityIsWit: Ho considers making a poster after one incident but drops it after realizing the message would be too long to fit his template.


* BarrierBustingBlow: Duck punches through a cubicle wall when the cheese runs out.
* BigNo: Duck when the cheese runs out.
* BoobyTrap: Levers and treadles rigged to deliver electric shock.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Duck starts acting schizotypal, dressing in a grass skirt and worshipping models of delivery cars.
* DopeSlap: How the punypeople get the rats to behave.
* FightScene: By the end, Cover's low-carb diet of government surplus cheese cubes has given him a bodybuilder's physique, which comes in handy when he slices Whiff nearly to death.
* FinalSpeech: Just before Duck starves to death, he delivers a speech on the wrongness of the experiment that he's trapped in.
* Gasshole: Duck and Cover after a steady diet of Stilton cheese in Cheese Depot D.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Duck and Cover carry sharpened metal bolts in case of rat attack.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Cover searches for how to slay rats and ends up on pornography.
* LanguageEqualsThought: It is commented that Germans have as many words for unhappiness as Eskimos have for snow, like ''[[ComedicSociopathy Schadenfreude]]''.



* TheLoinsSleepTonight: After no cheese for days, neither of the punypeople can get it up.



* NeverMyFault: The moral of the story.

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* NeverMyFault: The moral Cover successfully blames Duck for ruining a cheese depot.
* PressGanged: Cover's characterization
of the story.maze as a "hellish netherworld with no fixed address" implies a contrast to a less hellish outside.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Duck when the cheese runs out.
* ShoutOut:
** Duck compares the situation he's in to that of ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''.
** When Cover leaves the cheeseless depot to find more cheese, Duck jokingly [[Series/{{Survivor}} votes him off the island]].
* StopCopyingMe: Duck and Cover play the echo game.
* TakeThat: At ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese''. Cover realizes that his graffiti could fill a book and writes another one:
-->A NEW CHAPTER HEADING EVERY OTHER PAGE MAKES WRITING A SHORT BOOK MUCH EASIER




''Brown's take is pending a reread by @/DamianYerrick. The frame story is done. But if you've read it, [[UpForGrabs feel free to beat him to adding tropes]].''

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\n''Brown's take is pending a reread by @/DamianYerrick. The frame story is done. But if you've read it, [[UpForGrabs feel free to beat him to adding tropes]].''* TrapDoor: Part of how Duck and Cover barricade themselves in Cheeseless Depot D.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Some of the levers and treadles dispense not cheesy treats but electric shocks.


'''''Who Cut the Cheese?''''' is the title of two novellas published in 2000 that parody the best-selling self-help business fable ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': one by "Stilton Jarlsberg" (pen name of Stephen White) and one by Mason Brown.

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'''''Who Cut the Cheese?''''' is the title of two novellas published in 2000 that parody the best-selling self-help business fable ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': one by "Stilton Jarlsberg" (pen name of Stephen White) and one by ''National Lampoon'' editor Mason Brown.



* TalkingAnimal: A rat driving a [[SuprisinglyFunctionalToys tiny sports car]] shouts words at Ho. Later, once Ho arrives at the [=CheesyUniverse=] depot, other rats brag about the various [[TakeAThirdOption third options]] they used to get there. All rats, including the rats Snitch and Scamper from the opening, are later discovered to be talking.

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* TalkingAnimal: A rat driving a [[SuprisinglyFunctionalToys [[SurprisinglyFunctionalToys tiny sports car]] shouts words at Ho. Later, once Ho arrives at the [=CheesyUniverse=] depot, other rats brag about the various [[TakeAThirdOption third options]] they used to get there. All rats, including the rats Snitch and Scamper from the opening, are later discovered to be talking.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end, Cover is removed from the maze.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Survive change by shifting the blame.

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end, Cover is removed from the maze.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Survive change by shifting the blame.
maze. The frame story characters speculate on what happens next to Cover.



* NamesTheSame: Cisco Systems' stock (CSCO) outperforms that of Sysco (SYY) in the frame story, and Lewis passes the blame for a miscommunication about which stock to buy to his boss.



''Brown's take is pending a reread by @/DamianYerrick. But if you've read it, [[UpForGrabs feel free to beat him to adding tropes]].''

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''Brown's take is pending a reread by @/DamianYerrick. The frame story is done. But if you've read it, [[UpForGrabs feel free to beat him to adding tropes]].''

Added DiffLines:

'''''Who Cut the Cheese?''''' is the title of two novellas published in 2000 that parody the best-selling self-help business fable ''Literature/WhoMovedMyCheese'': one by "Stilton Jarlsberg" (pen name of Stephen White) and one by Mason Brown.

!!Tropes in Jarlsberg's take:

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Unhealthy reliance on [=CheesyWorld=] as a single point of failure.
* TheBeastmaster: The cat [[spoiler:belongs to Hi]].
* BestialityIsDepraved: The teeny people occasionally attempt to "get lucky" with rats.
* BrevityIsWit: Ho considers making a poster after one incident but drops it after realizing the message would be too long to fit his template.
* CapitalLettersAreMagic: The first pages of the story lampshade the practice of writing "Cheese" with initial caps for extra symbolism.
* CatsAreMean: A cat tears up all the rats in [=CheesyUniverse=].
* CrisisOfFaith: Hi urges patience until the cheese returns on grounds that the teeny people's predicament might be the Cheesegiver's test of loyalty.
* DeusExMachina: A cat slaughters the rats in [=CheesyUniverse=] and saves Ho from starvation.
* DoubleEntendre:
** Ho's graffiti refers to "cutting the cheese", meaning a supply interruption. Ho shows no awareness of the bowel-related subtext.
--->When Someone Cuts the Cheese, Take a Deep Breath
--->If You Cut the Cheese, Everyone Will Notice
** Ho writes the graffiti using "soft charcoal" found near where the rats used to sit. He later realizes it's dried rat poop.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Rats tell Ho that they found [=CheesyUniverse=] by giving degrading favors to the Cheesegiver.
* FollowYourNose: One of the rats in [=CheesyUniverse=] told Ho that the rat found [=CheesyUniverse=] by following not the smell of cheese but another rat's scent: literal brown nosing.
* FramingDevice: Biff tells the story of "Who Cut the Cheese?" at a funeral.
* HeroicBSOD: Hi's outbursts when he realizes the cheese is gone. It ends once he imagines that interruption in supply (that is, "cutting the cheese") might be temporary.
* ItsPersonal: Envy inspires Ho to continue the search for the next depot in hopes of murdering the rat in the sports car.
* Lilliputians: The teeny people Hi and Ho, as well as Jarlsberg himself according to "About the Author".
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Biff in the frame story is selling copies of ''Who Cut the Cheese?'' out of his car.
* NightmareFuel: Invoked. Once [=CheesyUniverse=] is overrun by a SwarmOfRats, it is compared to "the sort of nightmarish scene Creator/HieronymusBosch might have painted".
* RagsToRiches: The discovery of [=CheesyWorld=].
* StealthPun: After Ho almost gets run over by a rat in a sports car, Ho writes a warning on the wall of the maze: "Honk If You Love Cheeses". This alludes to Christian bumper stickers.
* StockAnimalDiet: Cheese and rats. Unlike mice, RealLife rats eat cheese.
* TakeThat:
** In a moment of hindsight, Ho realizes he should have seen the supply dwindling, but he may have confused spoiled cheese for French cheese.
** One motivational poster set in a different font mentions hope and change. Jarlsberg's later publications shows his dislike for a [[BarackObama U.S. President who was elected in 2008]] on a platform of "hope and change". Given the font difference (other motivational posters use Bookman), this joke appears to have been edited into the second edition published in 2010.
* TalkingAnimal: A rat driving a [[SuprisinglyFunctionalToys tiny sports car]] shouts words at Ho. Later, once Ho arrives at the [=CheesyUniverse=] depot, other rats brag about the various [[TakeAThirdOption third options]] they used to get there. All rats, including the rats Snitch and Scamper from the opening, are later discovered to be talking.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: Ho comforts himself during his starvation by thinking about his weight loss and the clearing up of his skin and breath conditions.
* ToiletHumor: Predictable from the title, delivered in the early pages, tapers off.
* TrampledUnderfoot: When Ho finally arrives at [=CheesyUniverse=], a stampede of rats is there to "greet" him.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Hi starts hyperventilating after discovering that [=CheesyWorld=] has run out of cheese, and Ho suggests that Hi calm down and assume the position.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Inverted. One of the frame story characters guesses that the Lilliputians and talking rats must have come from a "genetic experiment gone wrong".

!!Tropes in Brown's take:

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end, Cover is removed from the maze.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Survive change by shifting the blame.
* {{Lilliputians}}: The punypeople Duck and Cover.
* NeverMyFault: The moral of the story.
* ToiletHumor: More conspicuous than in Jarlsberg's take.

''Brown's take is pending a reread by @/DamianYerrick. But if you've read it, [[UpForGrabs feel free to beat him to adding tropes]].''

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