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A Golden Girls-Themed Cafe Is Opening in Manhattan

You'll never get the chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee and a chat with Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche, but an upcoming New York City cafe will at least let you bask in all things Golden Girls alongside other series superfans.

Rue La Rue Café will open in early September. As the name suggests, the eatery will pay particular homage to late actress Rue McClanahan, who portrayed sassy Southern belle Blanche Devereaux in the show. More than just an exercise in fandom, cafe proprietor Michael J. LaRue was very close with the actress and is opening the restaurant to honor her. “She was my best friend,” he said at a Community Board 12 licensing committee meeting, DNAinfo reports.

The Washington Heights restaurant will serve cafe staples like soups, salads, and baked goods. Wine will also be available, which we imagine the Girls would be pleased with. It will feature decorations inherited by LaRue following McClanahan’s death, and, thanks to a partnership with her son Mark Bisch, the Walt Disney Company has allowed Rue La Rue Café to create and sell merchandise featuring images from the show.

And in case you were wondering, national treasure Betty White has given her blessing. She’s set to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony later this year.

[h/t DNAinfo]

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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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