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Old September 17th 11, 02:19 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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Oh, there are so many versions. This is the most popular.

Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty
cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of
their food stores with the hungry travellers. So the travellers go to the
neck of the stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it,
and place it over a fire . One of the villagers becomes curious and asks
what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making "stone
soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of
garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not
mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to help them out, so it gets
added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and
the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full
potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help
them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient.
Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

Jill

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Old September 17th 11, 02:26 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
CatNipped[_4_]
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On 9/16/2011 8:19 PM, jmcquown wrote:
Oh, there are so many versions. This is the most popular.

Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty
cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share
any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. So the travellers
go to the neck of the stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large
stone in it, and place it over a fire . One of the villagers becomes
curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they
are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs
a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing.
The villager does not mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to
help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by,
inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone
soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands
them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers
walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and
nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

Jill


Ah! Thank you Jill. I'd heard the term "stone soup" before, but didn't
know where I came from. I always thought it was a technique used in
ancient times when cooking vessels couldn't be put on a fire because
they'd break. So people would heat stones in a fire and then keep
placing them in the pot one after another until the contents of the pot
were cooked.


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Old September 17th 11, 03:59 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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No cluons were harmed when "jmcquown" wrote:
Oh, there are so many versions. This is the most popular.


The only version I've heard was read on the old Captain Kangaroo
show. I remember that one and Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel.

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Old September 17th 11, 02:59 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Mark Edwards" wrote in message
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No cluons were harmed when "jmcquown" wrote:
Oh, there are so many versions. This is the most popular.


The only version I've heard was read on the old Captain Kangaroo show. I
remember that one and Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel.

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I seem to remember being told this story when I was in the Brownies (sort of
kindergarten for Girl Scouts) around 1965. That would have also been around
the time I was watching Captain Kangaroo The premise is the same no
matter how the tale is told.

Jill

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Old September 17th 11, 03:10 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"CatNipped" wrote in message
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On 9/16/2011 8:19 PM, jmcquown wrote:
Oh, there are so many versions. This is the most popular.

Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty
cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share
any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. So the travellers
go to the neck of the stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large
stone in it, and place it over a fire . One of the villagers becomes
curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they
are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs
a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing.
The villager does not mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to
help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by,
inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone
soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands
them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers
walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and
nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

Jill


Ah! Thank you Jill. I'd heard the term "stone soup" before, but didn't
know where I came from. I always thought it was a technique used in
ancient times when cooking vessels couldn't be put on a fire because
they'd break. So people would heat stones in a fire and then keep placing
them in the pot one after another until the contents of the pot were
cooked.


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CatNipped

It's probably true about using hot stones to heat things up in what were
(likely) clay-based cooking pots But the tale of Stone Soup is about
being generous and sharing what you have with strangers.

Jill

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Old September 17th 11, 05:07 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Sep 16, 6:19*pm, "jmcquown" wrote:
Oh, there are so many versions. *This is the most popular.



This made me very nostalgic- many years about (I think it was 79-80)
Dave and me went to the Windsor Free Festival, which the police moved
to Caesar's Camp at Bracknell, couldn't get the generators through so
no music but a pleasant couple of days camped out in the countryside.

On the last night all we had left with some chapati flour and some
onions- so we got some water mixed it with the flour for chapati's and
added the onions to the water to make some onion soup.

About ten minutes later some people in the next tent came along and
said they had some carrots so could we add them to the soup and
share. Then someone turned up with some peas. Then someone with
potatoes. Then someone with a tin of ham .In the end there everyone
at the site adding what they could to the cooking pot, someone else
had baking potatoes that we cooked in the embers as several people
present didn't eat meat but had no problems with the potatoes
especially after some cheese was produced from somewhere. Someone else
had a couple of loaves of bread and so it went on all evening

None of us had much but by putting what we had together we ended up
with the most delicious feast for everyone, it went on for hours with
everyone talking, a couple of people playing guitars, some people
doing a yoga session, someone took a turn to read some poetry, a
couple of guys did an improvised light show on the sides of the hill
with torches, Okay a couple of people had nothing but some weed but
passed it round for a share of the soup which by this point was more
like a thick stew.

The soup/stew btw came out fabulous one of the best things I have ever
eaten

It was a wonderful night....even the few police on the site were
mellow because it was the Reading Festival weekend and this was the
year that a lot of anti police feeling was going on there so they were
guarding us while their colleagues were dodging spit and thrown
bottles. I remember a policeman sitting down by the fire to ask me if
I was going to get home okay in the morning seeing as how we didn't
seem to have a lot of money (We had a return ticket from Windsor and I
had carefully stashed just enough cash for the bus to Windsor- I've
always been a lot more sensible than I look!) and without thinking I
handed him the joint someone passed to me (I didn't inhale honest!)!
He said something like "Not on duty" and passed it round!

Great memory! Thanks for that!

Lesley

Slave of the Fabulous Furballs

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Old September 17th 11, 06:31 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Mark Edwards
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No cluons were harmed when "jmcquown" wrote:
the tale of Stone Soup is about
being generous and sharing what you have with strangers.


I thought it was about tricking people into being generous.

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Old September 17th 11, 06:42 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Lesley wrote:
This made me very nostalgic- many years about (I think it was 79-80)
Dave and me went to the Windsor Free Festival...(elided for brevity)
Great memory! Thanks for that!


What a lovely story! It reminds me that really, most people are
decent if you give them a chance to be. Thank you!

Deborah
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Old September 17th 11, 09:56 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Mark Edwards" wrote in message
. com...
No cluons were harmed when "jmcquown" wrote:
the tale of Stone Soup is about being generous and sharing what you have
with strangers.


I thought it was about tricking people into being generous.

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Sometimes people need to be tricked

Jill

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Old September 17th 11, 10:12 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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No cluons were harmed when "jmcquown" wrote:
Sometimes people need to be tricked


Reminds me of when I told a friend that I liked the moral of the Die
Hard movies.

She laughed until I told her it was "Just. because you can't possibly
win, doesn't mean you should give up".

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