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The fable of the stone soup is about co-operation amid scarcity. For a comparison of fable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. ... Co-operation refers to the practice of people or greater entities working in common with commonly agreed-upon goals and possibly methods, instead of working separately in competition. ... In economics, scarcity is defined as a condition of limited resources, where society does not have sufficient resources to produce enough to fulfill subjective wants. ...



According to the story, some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. The travelers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire in the village square. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers 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 doesn't mind parting with just a little bit to help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which hasn't 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. The stone may or may not be reused in the next soup, and fortunately is not eaten. Statue dedicated to the traveller. ... Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Cookware and bakeware. ... This balancing rock, Steamboat Rock stands in Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, CO The rocky side of a mountain creek near Orosí, Costa Rica. ... Soup is usually a savoury liquid food that is made by combining ingredients, such as meat, vegetables and beans in stock or hot water, until the flavor is extracted, forming a broth. ... Garnish is a substance used primarily as an embellishment or decoration to a prepared food or drink item. ... Seasoning is the process of adding flavours, or enhancing natural flavour of any type of food. ...

This fable can be thought of as "The Emperor's New Clothes" in reverse, where nothing is revealed to be something, after all. The original stone was only a pretext to start the villagers sharing in a way that they would not have considered without the catalyst of the "stone soup" that they thought they were improving. While many stone soup recipes and circumstances quite literally use an actual stone, followers of this tradition obviously use a figurative stone. ÿġ The emperor in procession by Edmund Dulac For other uses, see The Emperors New Clothes (disambiguation). ...

According to Portuguese tradition, the events described in the "stone soup" tale took place around Almeirim, Portugal. Nowadays, you'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant in Almeirim which doesn't serve stone soup ("sopa de pedra"). Coat of Arms Almeirim is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 222. ...

A somewhat "new" tradition, growing in popularity in cases where stone soup is made and served among people who gather semi-regularly, is the idea that the person whose portion contains the stone (in recipes in which a real stone is used) will be responsible for starting the pot at the next gathering.

The story is also known as Nail soup in Scandinavian and Northern European countries. In these versions, the main character is typically a tramp looking for food and lodgings, who convinces an old woman that he'll make nail soup for the both of them if she'd just add a few ingredients for the garnish. In Eastern Europe the variation of the story (having more in common with the Northern European rendition) is called Axe Soup, with an axe being the catalyst. Scandinavia is a historical and geographical region centered on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe and includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Look up Lee Thirlwell in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium orange),members of the Warsaw pact (light orange), and other former Communist regimes not aligned with Moscow (lightest orange). ...

Alternative Story

Another story exists about 'stone soup', that, in the United States of America, during the Great Depression, families were unable to put food on the table every day. It became a practice to place a large and porous rock in the bottom of the stock pot. On days when there was food, the stone would absorb some of the flavor. On days when there was no food, the stone was boiled up, and the flavor would come out of the stone into the water, producing a weak soup, which was better than not eating. The Great Depression was the result of the economic downturn that started with the Stock Market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ...

Interpretation and lessons

  1. We can all work together, co-operate and end up better off.
  2. If you want to get people to do something, don't tell them how desperately they are needed. Don't try to appeal to their sympathy and kindness. Instead, create the impression that you are giving them the opportunity to be part of your success.

Uses in popular culture

  • Stone Soup is the name of a literary magazine for children 8-13.
  • An episode of Land of the Lost is titled "Stone Soup", and features a storyline making use of this fable.
  • An episode of Little House on the Prairie also makes use of the fable in its storyline.
  • The story was adapted for an episode of Jim Henson's The Storyteller written by Anthony Minghella, entitled "A Story Short".
  • An affiliation of cooperative houses in Chicago, founded in 1997, has the name Stone soup cooperative.
  • The free Fractint software was written by the "Stone Soup Group", named after this fable. Copyleft endeavours, including the GNU project and Wikipedia, can also be regarded as embodying the stone soup principle.
  • Stone Soupercomputer, a very powerful supercomputer cluster, is made up of discarded desktops.
  • Stone Soup is the name of a group of story tellers on the Barbican, Plymouth.
  • An episode of Will and Grace has the title characters putting on a children's play of the story.
  • "The Wonderful Soup Stone" is a song by Dr. Hook, about children growing up poor and imagining that water and potatoes tasting like a gourmet soup, because of a soup stone.
  • The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master talks about Stone soup as a method using incremental deceptions to improve things for everyone.
  • There was a Disney comic story involving Gyro Gearloose trying to cook a Stone soup with concentrated stone juice.

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See also

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Tom Sawyer. ...

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Stone soup (254 words)
The fable of the stone soup is about co-operation amid scarcity.
The original stone was only a pretext to start the villagers sharing in a way that they would not have considered without the catalyst of the "stone soup" that they thought they were improving.
The free Fractint software was written by the "Stone Soup Group", named after this fable.
Stone soup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (843 words)
The original stone was only a pretext to start the villagers sharing in a way that they would not have considered without the catalyst of the "stone soup" that they thought they were improving.
In her essay "Stone Soup", Barbara Kingsolver denounces the fairy tale of Cinderella in favor of stone soup.
Stone Soup is the name of a group of story tellers on the Barbican, Plymouth.
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