Thursday, March 01, 2007

Fare thee well, Mr. Ramen

From the Beeb :

Space-age funeral for 'Mr Noodle'

The late inventor of instant noodles was symbolically blasted off into space at a funeral ceremony attended by thousands in Osaka, western Japan.

The event was a tribute to Momofuku Ando's creation of Space Ram, a noodle soup that works at zero gravity.


The man dubbed 'Mr Noodle' has been honoured by Thailand, Brazil and the US city of Los Angeles.

He was born in Taiwan in 1910 and moved to Japan in 1933, founding Nissin Food Products after World War II to provide cheap food for the masses.

His most famous product, Cup Noodle, was released in 1971, with the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container.

In 1999, Mr Ando opened a museum in Osaka devoted to instant noodles.


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