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Soup in the News

(Archive Dateline: March 2003)

Date Item
Business World
Bernardette S. Sto Domingo reports that 74-year-old Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, who suffered seizure attacks yesterday, has stabilized and asked for soup.
Knight Ridder
Ken Dilanian reports that local Kurd soldiers in Iraq are supplementing the MRE diets of soldiers and Marines by giving them bread and soup each morning.
New York Post
Mark Hale reports that one of New York Yankee Hideki Matsui's fave foods is miso soup.
Copley News Service
Sandra Dibble reports that ex-poacher "Gordo" Fisher is leading the effort to save endangered Baja sea turtles, now being harvested for traditional Mexican Lenten soups.
The Idaho Statesman
Tim Woodward reports that controversial Congressman Tom Trail (R-ID), famous for introducing lots and odd kinds of legislation, prefers Palouse soup with lentils grown on his own farm.
Wilkes Barre Times Leader
Bonnie Adams reports on American World War II POWs reflecting on the situation of the Iraqi war POWs, recalling that in their time they were fed soup made from boiling half of an animal's head.
The Independent
Patrick Cockburn reports from Arbil, N. Iraq, that Iraqi deserters report that their units have been customarily lentils and tea for breakfast, rice and soup for lunch.
Chicago Tribune
Dave Hoekstra reports on "The Feeding of the Bulls," by Steven Jackson, president and CEO of the Convenient Chef who was hired in 2001 to create healthy, lo-cal meals for the Chicago basketball team. "I do a soup every day. Game day is either chicken noodle or chicken rice, something light. I use fresh ingredients. If I use any canned stuff, it might be some tomatoes or beans."
The Advertiser
Josephine Agostino reports on the champion 800 kg (1,760 pounds) pumpkin of an Australian couple that is estimated to make 1,850 servings of soup.
PC Magazine
Soupsong.com chosen by PC Magazine, as a Top 100 Web Site You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without. Woo hoo.
Irish News
A profile of actress Amanda Redman reveals she tipped a pot of boiling soup over herself at the age of 18 months and required skin grafts until she was 5.
Edmonton Sun
The Disney Corporation is sending out "Piglet's Big Game," with its release of the film "Piglet's Big Movie," that lets small children help Piglet make soup for his friends in the 100-acre wood.
Sunday Telegraph
Chris Patten, newly elected Chancellor of Oxford who has been ordered by his doctor to lose weight, belligerently declared, "I'm not going on that bloody Cabbage Soup Diet again."
The Mirror
Vicki Grimshaw reports on the trials of actor David Rubin once in his caveman costume for a 4-part BBC series: the awkward full-foam monkey suit so difficult that he had a full roast dinner blended into soup and sucked it with a straw.
Associated Press Online
Andrea Rodriguez reports on Cuba's crackdown and roundup of dissidents, many currently fasting on soup and other liquids until democracy activist Dr. Oscar Elias Viscet is released from jail.
The London Independent
Thomas Sutcliff reports on the BBC televsion show "The Nation's Favourite Food," which counts Heinz tomato soup as #7 in the all time top ten of British faves.
South China Morning Post
Chow Chung-yan reports that Hong Kong citizens are sending vats of soup to the Prince of Wales Hospital to show support for the front line medical staff that is dealing with the fatal asymmetric pneumonia outbreak that is worrying health officials.
The Guardian
Tanika Branigan reports on British anti-war protestors camped outside Fairford airbase in Gloucestershire who have been supplied with huge cauldrons of soup by local sympathizers.
Business Wire
For the first time in history, U.S. consumers are spending more money on canned ready-to-serve soups than on canned condensed soups, 52% of the $2.7 billion canned soup market.
Seattle Times
Bud Withers reports that legendary basketball coach John Wooden orders his clam chowder as a mix of half New England style and half Manhattan style.
Sydney Morning Herald
Alan Ramsey reports on Australian Ambassador Richard Woolcott's infamous "Liberian dispatch" in 1968 that recounts the King of the Ashantis vomitting into his soup plate at the reinauguration dinner of Liberian president William Tubman out of politeness, for, he explained later, "To leave might be taken as an insult to the president."
Daily Star
Panicked shoppers, in fear of a chemical attack in Britain, have been denied from snapping up huge quantities of canned soup direct from Heinz.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge goes public that he and wife Michele have stocked up on canned soup, inter alia, as part of their home emergency kit for whatever the future holds.
Associated Press
Sutin Wannabovorn reports that two villages at Ban Nongsue, north of Bangkok, have advertised a miracle cure from crow's nest soup, prompting people from all over Thailand to flock there to cure all their ailments, dipping coconut shells into the bubbling brew for free...or for a discretionary donation.
Yomiuri Shimbun
Hiroyuki Ueba and Kahori Sakane report on the environmental World Water Forum that has produced a teaching game that features such questions as, "How many tubs of bathwater would be needed to dilute a 200-millimeter bowl of noodle soup so it could be inhabited by fish?"
Candian Press
Graham Andrews reports on the new medical awareness campaign in Canada entitled "With Parkinson's, Don't Order Soup."
New Straits Times
A Malaccan man was remanded into custody after his 19-year-old daughter accused him of chaining her up and pouring hot noodle soup over her thighs to express his displeasure in the the company she was keeping.
Copley News Service
Matt Krasnowski reports on the trial of Robert Blake in Los Angeles for the murder of his wife, noting that waitresses testified that Blake calmly ate soup at Vitella's Restaurant with his wife in Studio City on the night in question, then returned later alone and upset, asking for water and a doctor.
The London Times
Clem Cecil reports from Moscow that rich Russian businessmen are tucking into the Lenten menu at the Braised Cocks' Comb, eating spinach soup and buckwheat with mushrooms instead of their usual Beluga caviar and foie gras.
Agence France Presse
A 500-year-old turtle, born at the height of the Ming dynasty, was captured off the coast of China and nearly was made into soup. Fortunately, an animal lover found it for sale in the market, bought it, and released it back into the sea.
London Daily Telegraph
Stanley Stewart reports that Russia's Peter the Great, a great practical joker, used to hide dead mice in his guests soup.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The partner of children's tv host Mr. Rogers, who recently died, recalls that Fred Rogers was so color blind that he couldn't tell the difference between pea soup and tomato soup...and would make her tell him which was which. When she objected that he liked both and it didn't matter, Rogers replied, oh yes it does--I like to sugar my tomato soup.
Better Nutrition
Vietnamese Master Thich Nhat Hang recalls the time when "I had lunch with 5 U.S. Senators a few years ago...I could eat a single piece of food, not even a spoonful of soup."