Groucho Marx and T.S.Eliot were fond penpals but hadn't met because life got in the way. When they did at last meet for dinner at Eliot's house, it didn't go well. All that Groucho wanted to talk about was Shakespeare and The Wasteland. But T.S. Eliot wanted to hear about Duck Soup. historynet.com/encounter-…
Jerry Seinfeld is banned from the New York soup stall that he used for the basis of The Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld went in for lunch, and chef Al Yeganeh asked him to leave, unhappy with the moniker the show had given him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the Civil war, the basement of the Capitol building was converted into a bakery to feed the troops. There were about 20 ovens that produced 1000 loaves a day. Each ration included two slices of freshly baked bread, some meat and coffee or soup. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
Archaeologists in China found a surprising haul in one tomb, where they uncovered a bronze cooking pot. When they opened the pot, they found 2,400-year-old bone soup. Because of oxidization, the soup turned green, but it was still in liquid form, and the bones were still floating on top. hindustantimes.com/india/…
Today I learned about the three grand soups, a Japanese term referring to the 3 best soups in the world: Borscht, Bouillabaisse, shark fin soup, and tom yam kung. There is no consensus about which of the 3 out of 4 are the true grand soups. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
The earliest known example of telephone technology in the Western Hemisphere was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago by the Chimu people of Peru. It's comprised of two gourds connected by a 75-foot cotton-twine cord, similar to the soup-can phones children make today. It's in the Smithsonian. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
Julia Child passed away from kidney failure at her retirement home, Casa Dorinda in Montecito, California, on August 13, 2004, shortly after eating French onion soup, made from one of her own recipes by her longtime assistant. thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
A restaurant in Bangkok has been constantly cooking and serving from the same soup for 45 years, a form of "perpetual stew" nypost.com/2019/07/29/thi…
Elvis had to be rescued from a bowl of chicken soup that he began to drown in. countrymusicnation.com/el…
The "Soup Nazi" character in Seinfeld was based on soup vendor Ali Yeganeh. He banned Jerry when he tried to eat there after the episode had aired, shouting "No soup for you!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the Great Depression Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens, called β€œFree Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed." Capone’s soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch and dinner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day. history.com/news/al-capon…
Just 5% of salt is added at the table and only 10% of all salt comes from food freshly prepared at home. Restaurant meals and store bought foods - including crackers, breads and soups - account for over 70% percent of salt intake. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
Today I learned of "The Vegetable Orchestra" - a group consisting of ten musicians, one cook, and a sound technician. They play a wide range of music on vegetables (carrot xylophones, pumpkin drums, leek violins, onion maracas, et al). After performances, the vegetables are cooked into a soup for the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 1920s, a man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth and then refused to buy her dentures because it was β€˜cheaper to feed her soup than solid food’. The wife took him to court and the man was told to get her two new sets of teeth and at least a beef steak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
Besides publishing motivational self-help books, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment distributes violent horror movies like Nicolas Cage's upcoming "Willy's Wonderland". cssentertainment.com/arti…
Today I learned Mobster Al Capone Ran a Soup Kitchen During the Great Depression history.com/news/al-capon…
Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character Elaine on "Seinfeld" tells the Soup Nazi he looks like Al Pacino and exclaims "Hoo-Ah!" The line was an unscripted suggestion by Jerry Seinfeld. Louis-Dreyfus says she still has never seen "Scent of a Woman." youtu.be/f6SWr9gWKZM
The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is a real person, Ali Yeganeh. Yeganeh hates the eponymous episode and blames Jerry Seinfeld for β€œruining his business,” going so far as to throw Seinfeld out of his store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The largest bowl of soup is 26,658 litres of vegetable soup and was made by DENK Communicatie in Poeldijk, Netherlands on 16th of may 2009 guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup Nazi on 'Seinfeld', auditioned in a military uniform in character. He was nominated for an Emmy for the role after paying the $100 application fee himself. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In his mid-70s, Goya created dark paintings not intended for public display, including "Two Old Ones Eating Soup" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
Around 1800 BC, a king in Mesopotamia appointed a palace worker king for a short period of time to avoid a disaster that he was told was coming by an oracle. Near the end of the time, he died while eating soup and the worker ruled for 24 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Err…
There is a pornographic parody of the Seinfeld " Soup Nazi" episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
The real "Soup Nazi", Ali Yeganeh, did not like the Seinfeld character based off him. When Jerry Seinfeld visited his restaurant a few weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld sarcastically apologized to Yeganeh. Yeganeh bellowed "no soup for you!" and ejected Seinfeld from his restaurant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During her early acting career from age 14, "The Wizard of Oz" actress Judy Garland was under abuse by studio executives due to her weight and short figure and was put on a strict diet of chicken soup black coffee and numerous cigarettes a day along with diet pills to maintain her appetite. biography.com/news/judy-g…
Shark fin soup does not get its flavor from shark fins. The fins are only there for texture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
During the Great Depression, Al Capone, the notorious gangster from Chicago, established the first soup kitchen. u-s-history.com/pages/h16…
A rancher in Oregon named Bill Brown would often write checks on any paper available. This often included soup can labels and newspaper margins. As he was rich and known for this, the banks would cash the checks without question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The word restaurant comes from the first public dining establishments in Paris. The kitchens sold soups and broths which were advertised as 'restoratives' which is where we get the modern word restaurant from. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
During the chrysalis faze of metamorphosis, a caterpillar digests itself by releasing enzymes that break down all of its tissues. Specialized groups of cells survive the process and use the protein-rich soup to build the adult body parts of the butterfly. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Villagers in central China have long been using dinosaur bones in medicine and soups, thinking they were from dragons. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
The cafeteria for the US Senate has served bean soup every day using the same recipe for over one hundred years. Excluding a single day in 1943 where there weren't enough ingredients due to war rationing. senate.gov/reference/refe…
Nazi officials believed the stews and soups had the power to unite Germany. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Campbell's Green Bean Casserole is so popular that Campbell's estimates 40% of their Cream of Mushroom Soup is used to make the dish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Jaret Reddick, vocalist for Bowling for Soup and songwriter for Phineas and Ferb, has been the current voice actor for Chuck E. Cheese since 2012. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
The song 1985 isn't by Bowling for Soup. It was originally written and preformed by SR-71. youtube.com/watch?v=-sy8u…
The steaming service Crackle was sold to Chicken Soup For the Soul Entertainment (creator of the Chicken Soup For the Soul books) in March 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In addition to performing β€œEndless Possibilities”, the theme for Sonic Unleashed, Bowling for Soup vocalist Jaret Reddick has also been the current voice for Chuck E. Cheese since 2012 wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaret_…
The word restaurant (meaning "[something] restoring") was first used in France in the 16th century, to refer to a highly concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors, that was advertised as an antidote to physical exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In 2006, 75% of Chinese didn't know that sharks were killed to make shark fin soup. But now, 91% of Chinese support a nationwide ban, thanks to activism work by Yao Ming and others howtoconserve.org/2015/09…
The song 1985 by Bowling For Soup is actually a cover, the original being released a year earlier by SR-71 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Wounded Viking warriors were given strong onion soup. After a few minutes someone would smell the wounds and if onions could be detected it meant that there were serious abdominal injuries and that death was inevitable. isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechu…
The last French casualty of WWI, Augustin TrΓ©buchon, was killed 15 minutes before the ceasefire at 11 o'clock in an attempt to tell his fellow soldiers that hot soup would be served after the armistice took effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
Caterpillars almost completely digest themselves into a protein rich soup inside their chrysalis and then form their adult body around 'imaginal discs', highly specialized cells that rapidly form into adult parts. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In the 1920s a Chicago man convinced his wife to pull out all her teeth then refused to get her dentures because it was 'cheaper to feed her with soup than solid food'. She took him to court and he was ordered to get her 2 new sets of teeth and a beefsteak a week. stanforddailyarchive.com/…
Today I learned of Stone Soup, a European folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys, and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
In 1857 John Nicholson burst into an officers’ dinner and said: β€œI am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks." Nicholson had found out the cooks had poisoned the soup and so he had killed them all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The origin of Shark Fin Soup dish can be traced to the Emperor Taizu of the Northern Song. He established shark fin soup to showcase his power. With the decline of Elitism when the CCP came to power, economy reforms led to middle classes who showcased their wealth by buying Shark Fin Soup. theguardian.com/science/b…
In China, a crayfish detached its own claw over a boiling pot of soup in order to escape being cooked. It sacrificed its limb to save its own life. It was later adopted as a pet by a user of the Chinese social media site Weibo. theguardian.com/world/201…

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