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This Artist Makes Amazing Carvings Out of Food

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Food market aisles are like a blank canvas for Daniele Barresi, an Italian carving designer who’s now based in Sydney, Australia. The creative 26-year-old turns fruits and vegetables into edible art, using knives to whittle intricate shapes, patterns, and designs into their flesh.

"Every time I try to carve a different product," Barresi tells Mental Floss. "[I get] excited seeing different colors, different shapes."

Barresi, who began carving fruits and vegetables when he was only 7 years old, has placed in several international food sculpting competitions. He dreams of someday hosting his own TV show "that showcases the art of carving," according to the artist’s website.

Until this ambition becomes a reality, you can view Barresi's too-pretty-to-eat culinary creations below and on Instagram.

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

Photos courtesy of Daniele Barresi

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This Game About Soup Highlights How Tricky Language Is
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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.

[h/t Waypoint]

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