August 25, 1958 was a landmark day in culinary history, as Japanese company Nissin Foods introduced the very first instant ramen noodles to the market. Nissin employee Momofuko Ando invented the process for “flash frying” noodles, allowing them to be packaged in those cute little bricks that have since become ubiquitous all over the world. It’s funny to think that when Nissin first introduced instant ramen to the public, it was actually considered a luxury item due to its high cost compared to fresh noodles. That’s far from the case today, since instant ramen is literally one of the cheapest items on your grocery store shelf, and has become a huge part of the eating habits of the poor and wannabe poor…
I don’t touch this stuff, but plenty of other people sure do. It’s easily one of our top sellers at Mecca…
And while I lament that I don’t have access to the adorable photo of my sister’s late black cat sitting in an empty box of Top Ramen, I’ll instead veer over to the business at hand…. mainly, Di’s Share Your World questions for this week!
Do you have family photographs on display in your main living room?
I pretty much “live” in my computer room… not that I have any family photos in here either. The stand my TV sits on (back in the day when I used to sometimes watch it) has become a secondary stash for some of my stuff. There is one thing that contains two photos which was made for me by an old internet friend from the LA area (the same one who is responsible for there being a Buster Possum character)…
No, that squirrel is not family.
Oh, when I went to take that photo for this post, I also found this lying beneath it all…
What was the best vehicle you owned?
I’ve only had the Sonic for four and a half years now, so I’ll have to get back to you on that one….
Did you pass your driving test first time?
Yes I did. There were all the rumors that I’d have to parallel park, or that I might end up with “Failing Phyllis” as my examiner…. but neither turned out to be the case.
Does loud music from a neighbor or passing cars annoy you?
Yes, and it particularly annoys me at work when everyone’s got their music playing on their phones loud enough to heard several aisles away. Nobody wants to hear your fucking music! Turn that crap down!!!!
What has made you smile over the last seven days?
Well, definitely not my home’s thermostat going bad yesterday and nearly burning my place down. If I seem a bit jittery in this post, I’m still waiting for my HVAC guys to come out and look at that today.
But for now, the usual SYW-ending laff from the past….
as I read the car question I immediately said : the neon! woohooo I’m a right guesser, what’s the furst prize?
A chance to play bumper cars with Buster! Oh, Buster doesn’t get a car of his own….
Thanks for joining in, and thanks to for the follow. Welcome!!
And thank you again for keeping the SYW train rolling!
Heh, heh, that’s one way to get their attention. Ramen…dried straw in a brick. Umm…no thanks, think I’ll pass.
Yeah, it doesn’t look very appetizing to me either. Though I eat raw spaghetti out of the box, so what kind of taste do I have?
But eating raw spaghetti is fun! What’s fun about ramen?
So inquiring minds want to know how the ‘toon flashback ended – was “fried possum” on the menu at the Fire Station that night????????????? I hate hearing loud music (unless it’s my own). Actually any time I’ve felt the need for loud music (which was probably about 50 years ago) I always used headphones. Probably why I say “could you repeat that please – I didn’t hear you” a lot. Hope the HVAC guys showed up!
They did show up and fixed the issue (for about 500% less than my plumbers charged) and showed me all the wonderful electric that had burned up in the faulty switch. It smelled kinda like Buster did after he…. er, his remains were finally rescued from the tree.
I can’t believe the trusty Neon has been gone for nigh on 5 years already. Gone but not forgotten.
Great film, “License To Drive”!
I would like to think the Neon was retired to a junkyard to rust and enjoys its post-operating days. But I have a feeling they made a little blue cube out of it and chucked it in the ocean or something…
That’s no fate for the venerable Neon. I think he’s sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping high grade motor oil and watching the cute little Mini Coopers frolicking in the sea.
I knew my birthday was good for something! Ramen noodles!
Happy birthday! You share it with my youngest sister and the late, great Regis Philbin, who will always hold a dear place in my heart.
Also Sean Connery and Leonard Bernstein, as it turns out. Happy Birthday to your sister!