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Only 6 People Know the Recipe for This Delicious 'Top Secret' Tart

Pastéis de Belém, one of the original egg custard tarts, is a widely enjoyed dessert in Portugal; its namesake bakery has been known to sell an average of 20,000 tarts a day—and as many as 40,000 per day during the busy summer season. And yet, only six living people know precisely how these heavenly mini-desserts are prepared.

How exactly does one keep a recipe secret for more than 180 years? Let's just say the owners of Pastéis de Belém take this stuff very seriously: Bakers are asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement and prepare the dessert in a locked room, separated from the rest of the staff. Check out the full video from Great Big Story above—just don't expect to catch a glimpse of any secret operations. (You'll need a key for that.)

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Soup, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food," is the ultimate simple comfort food. But if you look closer at the definition, you'll notice it's surprisingly vague. Is ramen soup? What about gumbo? Is a soy vanilla latte actually a type of three-bean soup? The subjectivity of language makes this simple food category a lot more complicated than it seems.

That’s the inspiration behind Something Something Soup Something, a new video game that has players label dishes as either soup or not soup. According to Waypoint, Italian philosopher, architect, and game designer Stefano Gualeni created the game after traveling the world asking people what constitutes soup. After interviewing candidates of 23 different nationalities, he concluded that the definition of soup "depends on the region, historical period, and the person with whom you're speaking."

Gualeni took this real-life confusion and applied it to a sci-fi setting. In Something Something Soup Something, you play as a low-wage extra-terrestrial worker in the year 2078 preparing meals for human clientele. Your job is to determine which dishes pass as "soup" and can be served to the hungry guests while avoiding any items that may end up poisoning them. Options might include "rocks with celery and batteries in a cup served with chopsticks" or a "foamy liquid with a candy cane and a cooked egg served in a bowl with a fork."

The five-minute game is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but Gualeni also hopes to get people thinking about real philosophical questions. According to its description page, the game is meant to reveal "that even a familiar, ordinary concept like 'soup' is vague, shifting, and impossible to define exhaustively."

You can try out Something Something Soup Something for free on your browser.

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