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    Five facts about soup

    Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Nothing’s better on a cold wintry day than a bowl of steaming hot soup. In recognition of January being National Soup Month, here are five fun  facts about soup.

    1 Groucho Marx offered the following explanation for the title of the 1933 movie “Duck Soup”: “Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup the rest of your life.”

    2 The original Campbell’s Soup labels were orange and blue. They were changed after Herberton L. Williams, who became the company’s treasurer, comptroller and assistant general manager, saw the Cornell University football team play against the University of Pennsylvania. Williams was so taken with the colors of the Cornell uniforms — red and white — that he proposed the Campbell labels be changed to match.

    3 Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year. Women are twice as likely to order soup for lunch as men.

    4 Bouillon and consommé are both clear soup, but they are very different. Bouillon is basically a broth, whereas consommé is much more complex and is very high in gelatin. So when consommé cools, it becomes a gel.

    5 When Andy Warhol was once asked why he painted the iconic soup cans, he said: “I used to have the same (Campbell’s soup) lunch every day for 20 years.

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