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10 Surprisingly Fascinating Facts About Soup

Soup's got a lot of history. With the advent of the new Campbell's Go™ soups, here's a tribute to arguably the best food on earth.

1. Americans sip over 10 Billion bowls of soup every year.

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2. The earliest evidence of making soup was in 6000 BC…And guess what kind of soup it was? Hippopotamus!

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3. 99% of all American homes have soup in them.

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4. In the 1700s, the French King was so enamored with himself that he had his royal chefs create a soup that would allow him to see his own reflection in the bowl. As a result, consommé (clear broth) was born.

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5. In the French Court of Louis XI, the ladies’ meals were mostly soup. They were afraid that chewing would give them wrinkles.

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6. In Europe during the 17th century, the spoon was invented to accommodate the giant ruffles that people wore around their necks at that time.

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7. Women are twice as likely to order soup at a restaurant than men.

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8. In December of 2010, a culinary time capsule was unearthed when Chinese archaeologists found a 2,400-year-old cauldron of soup – with its contents still liquid.

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9. In Nebraska, it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are brewing a pot of soup.

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10. Soup was first known as “sop,” which was a medieval dish of a thick stew poured on slices of bread to soak up the liquid.

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