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WHO CUT THE CHEESE? An Amazing Parody About Change And How We Can Get Our Hands On Yours Kindle Edition

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"I'm giving this book to everyone I know and asking them to give it to everyone they know, because Stilton Jarlsberg is the greatest living writer since Shakespeare. Come to think of it, that makes him the greatest living writer period, because Shakespeare is dead as a doornail and, face it, who ever understood what the hell he was writing about anyway? Not only is this book easy to read, but it also has pictures. I like that."        
-- Kenneth Bleucheese

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Who Cut the Cheese? is a parable (Latin for "terrible parody") in which four characters must find a way through a maze in their hunt for "Cheese." But please keep in mind that this cheese is actually symbolic of the things that we all want out of life: success and self-confidence, a nice house, a loving marital relationship, perfect children, a loyal dog, indoor plumbing, good Chinese food, several million tax-free dollars, and red-hot sex with multiple partners.

The "Maze" in this story is symbolic of the twisting, turning, confusing, mugger-filled blind alleys of Your Life. More important, since you're being compared to a rat in this book, the whole "Maze" analogy works like a charm.

When you come to see the "Psychobabble on the Wall," you can discover for yourself how to deal with change and how to find the Cheese that will make your life joyous and fulfilling. Failing that, feel free to take crayons and color in all the pictures. It's fun, it's therapeutic, and it will make it impossible for you to return this book for a refund.


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  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CGT05Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stilton Jarlsberg is a humorist, cartoonist, writer, and political commentator. He burst onto the national scene a dozen years ago as the author of "Who Cut the Cheese?" - a delicious parody of the business bestseller "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson. "Who Cut the Cheese?" remains popular today with all of those who have either lost their jobs, are about to lose their jobs, or dislike the jobs they're hanging onto by their fingernails. Which, at this point, is pretty much everyone.

Jarlsberg is also the creator of two popular cartoon blogs: "Hope n' Change Cartoons" which features politically-incorrect conservative cartoons and commentary on topical news stories, and the completely non-political "Johnny Optimism" which features a wheelchair-bound boy and his faithful dog coping with the worst run of bad luck imaginable (the strip's motto is "What doesn't kill you makes you stranger."

"The Obama Sutra" is Jarlsberg's funniest political book yet, deftly mixing pointed humor and a thought-provoking thumbnail history of the "Hope and Change" years.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "tg914" on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of office humor books (Dilbert is my patron saint) but nothing I've read until now prepared me for the relentless flurry of hilarious jokes in Dr. Jarlsberg's "Who Cut the Cheese?" If you're eating, you'll choke. If you're drinking coffee, you'll shoot it out your nose. If you're wearing good clothes, you'll wet yourself. If you're reading the book in church, you'll go to Hell. It's THAT funny! I experienced real pain at being forced to read the original (and distinctly UN-funny) "Who Moved My Cheese?" at work. Now I'm glad I did, if only to enhance my appreciation of this little hand grenade of a parody. I'm buying a handful to give as office gifts for the holidays (okay, so I'm cheap). Hint - there are jokes hidden everywhere in this book, so don't overlook the fine print. On the copyright page, in microtype, it says "printed on acid free paper because the stuff with acid burned our fingers." Hey, you've GOT to love a book like this!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Lomas Nd on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Someone had to do it. The legions of working people who have to put up with a boss or a HR manager who takes to heart the asinine and prosaic teachings of Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager) and his ilk needed someone to write a book like this to verify that they have not gone mad and that some management books really have gotten dumbed-down to the point that "Who Moved My Cheese" can become a serious bestseller. This book is amusing, and it takes all of fifteen minutes to read, but it really deserves to be purchased; and then anonymously mailed to every clueless boss who thinks grown people should be treated like children.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "mr_arch_stanton" on September 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Whoa! Don't be fooled by the "parody" label: this is a profound and expertly crafted book. The casual reader should not overlook the subtle hidden messages of this volume. I found that the themes and symbols of the work did not become clear until I had re-read the book several times, and purchased additional copies as gifts for my friends and acquaintances. The anagrams, palindromes, and crytograms scattered willy-milly throughout the text are worth the price of admission. Some of the wordplay is so obscure that James Joyce or Lewis Carroll would weep (with pleasure!). A truly great mind and potent personality is tantalizing us behind the nom de brilliance, "Stilton Jarlsberg." Expect great things from this volume...the author is truly a Master of Life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Bolek on April 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For those out there who have felt forced, or coerced by management, to have to read the book, "Who moved my cheese", you will immediately see the immense humor of this parody by Jarlsberg. Sadly, you will also see the truth. In page layout, writing style and book size, "Who Cut the Cheese" is an incredibly funny, yet all too true, twisted retelling of the small, best-selling management book.
Do not feel that you have to read "Who Moved My Cheese" in order to appreciate the humor of this book. It stands alone...and is a much better read, frankly. And if you must waste money on yet another business management book, why not have some fun with it? Change IS good after all!
One can only wonder if the sole purpose behind reading the other book, "Who moved my cheese" is just to make long-time, loyal employees pack their bags and leave their companies in search of real cheese elsewhere...and some respect. To seek out employment in a place where the people you work for might appreciate the fact that you do indeed have a brain. Because there is nothing in that book that most employees don't already know about managing change.
Jarlsberg's book, however, cleverly uncovers what's really going on in workplaces today. He shows how employees find their own unique, if not sometimes underhanded or downright evil, ways of coping with change, and that change can be good. And the authors didn't even pay me a dime to say all that, although they are laughing their way to the bank, I'd imagine. So, too, are the authors of that other cheese book...I think, buying this one instead, is money better spent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Stilton Jarlsberg has taken all of the most inane elements of Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" and wrapped them up into one big hilarious "cheese ball." This little book packs its pages with wickedly on-target spoofs of all the fads currently afflicting corporate America: simplistic mottos, incompetent bosses, and "change for change's sake." Highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Austin on February 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you read _Who Moved my Cheese?_, you will definitely appreciate the wit and humor behind this book. Snitch and Scamper are two rats that you have to watch out for. Hi and Ho are the little people that are trying to survive in this cutthroat maze we call the business world. The four friends' story that bookend the Maze Story is much more real to life than the story in the original book. If I were to pick which of the characters I am, I would have to be the little person (I got Hi and Ho mixed up) that tried to make it on his own by searching the maze and writing the phrases on the wall. A great laugh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M. Mason on November 9, 2000
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Do not, under any circumstance, read this book in a team-building meeting. You might get fired or worse, promoted. It is "laugh-out-loud," funny, witty, wry, saracastic and fairly helpful. I mean, now I know why I didn't get the jobs I should have gotten. Drats, had I just read this book who knows where I'd be today. All paradody's are not created equal. The orginal Cheese book was "ripe" for satire because, it actually took itself seriously. Hello? And its outstanding sales are a scary commentary on our sound bite generation of business cheesewhiz kids. Who Cut the Cheese, cuts the mustard as far as lampoons go. Just carefully choose who you share it with. One guy I read aloud to started to tear up. Seems the orginal cheese book affected him quite deeply and he was not amused at the jabs. Ah well.
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