Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Space-age funeral for Mr. Noodle"

The inventor of Instant Ramen, those pre-packaged, dirt-cheap noodles that fueled the graduate students, and thus, most of the scientific advances, of the past 40 years, died last month at age 96. At his funeral this week in Osaka, attended by 6,500 including an astronaut and two former prime ministers, the body of "Mr. Noodle" was symbolically launched into space. Wow.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Wow is right.

I knew about his death, of course, and about the Space Noodles (mmm....Space Noodles) but I had no idea he was such a celebrity in Japan.

I think I will have instant noodles for lunch in his honor.