California Soap Mine

Was the 1855 Soap Mine tale just a prank or hoax? What about the 1901 article, in third place, which sounds a little more scientific?




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     Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 16, 2021
     Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature | Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators | Humor | Hygiene | Regionalism | Natural Wonders | Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century





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This article has an explanation:
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=MJ18890214.2.2&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1
Posted by ges on 08/16/21 at 02:04 PM
GES--that was fascinating! Thanks. So what looked like a tall tale could have been truth. Although I am still unsure about the part where you force the soap up thru square channels and cut it into cakes!
Posted by Paul on 08/16/21 at 02:56 PM
Paul-
That part was a joke. Or somebody who didn't believe the story being sarcastic. I though soapstone at first. A metamorphic rock of talc and schist. But it doesn't dissolve in water. GES found the rest of the story.
Posted by eddi on 08/16/21 at 10:27 PM









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