Soup Torture

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"If you are like me and enjoy browsing YouTube for strange, hidden videos/images, then you will likely have come across a minute long video entitled “Blank Room Soup.avi”.

The video, uploaded by creepypaste on Jan 28 2014, has over 1 million views. Further research shows that this is not in fact, the original video. The original is actually named “freaky soup guy” and was uploaded by renaissancemen on Nov 26 2005. However, this version only has 200,000 views compared to creepypaste’s upload.

The reason I believe that this is one of the strangest videos on the internet is because it bears no logical explanation and it seems to be very different from the stereotypical obscure YouTube clips. I have looked upon a lot of different theories and have become somewhat fascinated by it, and although these theories do not provide any definitive answers, they do provide a lot of new information.

When the video starts, we see a man with censored eyes eating a bowl of what we can assume is soup with a long, wooden spoon. He appears to be wearing a bib, but no other clothing is visible. We do not see his lower half, so we cannot determine if he is wearing anything below.

Next, a strange figure approaches, dressed in black, and wearing a huge helmet molded into a cartoon like face. The face does not have a nose or a mouth, but two deep black eyes and matching hair. The figure proceeds to stroke the man is if he is comforting him, at which point he breaks down and starts to sob.

This continues for a while until another figure dressed in the same attire enters the shot from the other side of the room. He starts to stroke the man as well, who is now becoming increasingly upset. The video ends without a conclusion.

Many have speculated that this video is some kind of internet hoax, or an art project, and this can be supported by the fact that noises can be heard in the background which sound like laughter or giggling. Many believe this is just the man sobbing, but some even think the man himself is actually laughing. However, we are unable to determine this as there is no clear evidence that this is truly what is happening.

On the other hand, many believe that the video has a darker backstory than it may seem at first. They theorize that the man and his wife were kidnapped by the two masked men, who later killed the wife. The bowl of soup we can see the man eating from does not in fact contain soup, but the remains of his wife. I personally do not believe this to be true as there is no clear source of this theory and it seems like a rushed make-believe story to scare people on the internet at 3:00 in the morning.

It is was not hard to track down the creator of these characters, Raymond Persi, who works at Disney Pixar as an animator, director, screenwriter, producer, storyboard artist and voice actor. The characters are part of an act called RayRay which first appeared in Persi’s 2006 video “RayRay-Resolution”. The last video featuring RayRay in costume form was entitled “The 12 Days of Christmas! (with Lyrics) – Presented by RayRay” and was published on Dec 25 2008.

You may notice something odd though. RayRay’s first video was published in 2006, yet “Freaky Soup Guy” was published in 2005. This is because RayRay was already established before then, and performed in several locations. After one show, Raymond Persi was upset to discover that some of the spare costumes had been stolen. This means that whoever stole the costumes is likely responsible for “Freaky Soup Guy”. Even though the video was uploaded in 2005 by renaissancemen, it is still unclear where the video actually came from or if renaissancemen actually filmed it. However, there will probably never be a solid answer.

Another video, named “soup torture" (no capital letters) can be found on YouTube too. It was uploaded by adana on Sep 8 2006, and I have been unable to find any other versions of the clip.

It features the same man, calmer now, still eating the soup, when both figures advance into the room and stand next to each other. They wait, observing for a few seconds before one of them suddenly runs toward the man. A scream is heard before the video cuts off. I am unsure whether the scream was from the charging man or the soup man but I suspect it was the charging man as you cannot see the soup man’s mouth open. Also, due to the nature of the scream, which sounds like a battle cry of sorts, I am almost certain, but not fully, that the charging man is the screamer.

This video provides no further information and if anything, all it does is thicken the mystery. I have come to the conclusion that as these videos are so obscure, lacking any context or meaning, I cannot verify what the purpose of them is, or the exact identities of any persons involved. Therefore, these videos are marked UNKNOWN for now."

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