Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Stewing over World Records

A group of cooking assistants work in the preparations to create a vast pot of "sancocho" in Venezuela.

Venezuelan officials claimed a world record Saturday for the world's largest pot of soup. The hulking stainless steel cooking pot, set up outdoors in downtown
Caracas, contained about 3,963 gallons of "sancocho" stew, Food
Minister Rafael Oropeza said. He said it was enough to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people.

Venezuela now holds the record for the largest pot of soup ever created. It will feed 60,000 to 70,000 people? That's a difference of 10,000 people! Can't the 'Food Minister' dial the recipe in any tighter than 10,000 people? I mean, if I was planning a dinner for 70,000 people, I'd want to make darn sure I didn't boil up a pot of soup that would only feed 60,000. That'd be pretty embarrassing.

They cooked the soup outside and workers stood on platforms, stirring the concoction with poles. It contained 6,600 pounds of chicken, 4,400 pounds of beef, tons of legumes and vegetables. I'll bet it contained a few trillion flys as well.

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