Created By: NerdaRena on June 28, 2011 Last Edited By: NerdaRena on January 31, 2012

Edible Message

Edible letters just happen to spell out something significant

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For whatever reason, whenever a character is eating alphabet soup (or anything else with letter-shaped pieces), a spoonful will contain letters that spell out a message that is relevant to the plot. This is usually a (subtle) form of Give Me a Sign. Unrelated to Alphabet Soup Cans.

Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples

  • From Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob gives Squidward (who is jobless) a bowl of soup with the phrase "Get a job".
  • From That '70s Show: After he and Donna break up, a depressed Eric attempts to eat alphabet cereal. The first spoonful spells her name and he storms off.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 28, 2011
    • Parodied and Subverted in an episode of Family Guy.
      Peter: (Eating cereal) Brian, there's a message in my Alpha-Bits! It says "Oooooooooo".
      Brian: (Deadpan) Peter, those are Cheerios.
  • June 28, 2011
    How about generalising it slightly (for naming purposes), and call it Edible Message?
  • June 28, 2011
    ^ Fixed it.
  • June 29, 2011
    The Tick, after eating a fortune cookie and removing the message from his mouth: "A secret message! From my teeth!".

  • June 29, 2011
    Related to Boggles The Mind.
  • June 29, 2011
    In Deadly Premonition, the (batshit insane) main character is into fortune-telling by looking for letters appearing in the swirls of foam in a cup of coffee.
  • June 29, 2011
    • Sesame Street has a bit with Cookie Monster. When he's revealing the letter of the day, it's always on a cookie.
  • June 29, 2011
  • June 29, 2011
    • In one Fox Trot strip, Jason commented that he had a bad feeling about the alphabet soup that was for dinner after seeing the letters in the soup spell out "gross", "blecch" and even "not fit for human consumption".
  • June 29, 2011
    tmarci - is the message "ARE YOU THERE" or "R U THERE"? I seem to remember that the aliens in question used such text-speech.
  • June 30, 2011
    one Fauxmotivational poster contained a very sarcastic-looking cat and a phrase: "I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and s**t a better argument than that."
  • January 31, 2012
  • January 31, 2012
    I'm not sure if this one counts, because it was on purpose, but:

    • In A Goofy Movie, Max arranges the letters in his alphabet soup to spell "Hi Dad". This is significant to Goofy as a father, because Max used to do this when he was little.
  • January 31, 2012
    • An episode of Garfield and Friends had Garfield do this with donuts to remind a policeman that the bank was about to be robbed (Garfield found this out from an innocent-seeming man after reading his mind with his mind-reading machine).