Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to the inventor and humanitarian Momofuku Ando – the man who brought instant noodles to the world.
Born on this date in 1910 in Puzi, Taiwan, Ando once said his idea was nearly 50 years in the making: “It took 48 years of my life for me to come up with the idea of instant noodles. Each and every event in the past is connected to the present by invisible threads.”
Along with creating a series of animated logos to celebrate the inventor, the Google Doodle page for Ando includes a number of quotes highlighting his humanitarian view of life:
“People can only be content when there is enough food.”
“Peace will come to the world when all its people have enough to eat.”
And my favorite, “It is never too late to do anything in life.”
According to Google, Ando wanted to create a fast and cheap instant noodle after witnessing people waiting in line for hours for bowls of ramen in post-World War II Japan.
Ando’s Google Doodle showcases the small shed where he spent “countless days and nights” working to develop his flash-fried ramen noodles that cooked instantly when mixed with hot water.
In addition to the logo featured on today’s homepage, Google created the following versions of Ando’s Doodle – including one inspired by the instant noodles he invented to eat in space.
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