In the science fiction series Red Dwarf, one character (Arnold Rimmer) recounts a story of humiliation when he, as a young cadet in the Space Corps was invited to sit at the Captain’s table. When his starter, gazpacho soup, arrived, it was stone cold. Thinking this was a mistake, he decided to try and impress the surrounding officers with his assertiveness and when the waiter returned he severely reprimanded him. He continued to mock and insult the waiter, much to everyone’s apparent amusement, until he recieved his piping-hot bowl of gazpacho, as requested. He believed he had made quite on impression on the officers until he later discovered that gazpacho was meant to be served cold, and then realized the officers were not laughing at his witty put-downs, but at his attempts at getting a hot bowl of gazpacho. He firmly believed his career as an officer had ended there and considered the moment to be the most embarrassing of his entire life. This scenario was inspired by a scene the creators of Red Dwarf witnessed while in the boardroom of Thames Television.
Rimmer: Well, I’m sorry I didn’t have time to sit down and bash out a speech in iambic pentameter.
Lister: Oh, come on. Anyone could’ve made that mistake.
Rimmer: If only they’d’ve mentioned it in Basic Training! Instead of climbing up and down ropes and crawling on your elbows through tunnels. If only, just once, they’d said, "Gazpacho soup is served cold!" I could’ve been an admiral by now!
Lister: Rimmer, I promise – I swear – I will never, ever mention this conversation again. And when I swear, I mean it.
Rimmer: You promise?
Lister: I promise.
Rimmer: Do you swear absolutely?
Lister: I swear absolutely that I promise that I will never mention gazpacho soup again!
Rimmer: All right. You’re a bit of a slob, Lister, you know, but, when it comes down to it, you keep your word. This time I’m gonna believe you. Let’s go for another drink.