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Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?

The second mouse gets the cheese

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A cheese slope resembles a chunk of cheese from a cheese wheel. They happen to also be the perfect size for minifigures to interact with:

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‘Lego Cheese Farm’ by AIatariel, http://www.flickr.com/photos/alatariel1181/10582728886/

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Aha! That makes a weird sense. Thanks. :) –  Dave DeLong Dec 1 '13 at 22:56
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@DaveDeLong I've updated my answer, hopefully it makes a bit more sense. –  Ambo100 Dec 2 '13 at 18:41
    
Although "cheese slope" seems to be the more common term now, they are also sometimes called "cheese wedge slopes," which refers more clearly to the origin of the name. –  62Bricks Dec 8 '13 at 2:10

As was mentioned in another answer, the cheese slope looks like a slice of cheese at around minifigure scale. This part has also actually been used as cheese in official sets, including Medieval Market Village:

MMV Cheese

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