Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Great Noodle Protector



funny word of the day: noodle

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1noo·dle
Pronunciation: \ˈnü-dəl\ Function: noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of noddle Date: 1753 1 : a stupid person : simpleton 2 : head, noggin

2noodle
Function: noun Etymology: German Nudel
Date: 1779
: a food paste made usually with egg and shaped typically in ribbon form

For those of you who lived under a gluten-free rock, here's more history of the noodle from Wikipedia:

A noodle is food made from unleavened dough that is cooked in a boiling liquid. Depending upon the type, noodles may be dried or refrigerated before cooking. The word noodle derives from the German Nudel (noodle) and may be related to the Latin word nodus (knot). In American English, noodle is a generic term for unleavened dough made from many different types of ingredients. Noodles exist in an abundance of shapes.

The first written account of noodles is from the East Han Dynasty between AD 25 and 220. In October 2005, the oldest noodles yet discovered were found at the Lajia site (Qijia culture) along the Yellow River in Qinghai, China. The 4,000-year-old noodles appear to have been made from foxtail millet and broomcorn millet.[1].[2]

I think the face protection contraption in the photo (right) is a ridiculously silly-looking but ingenious invention, particuarly for those in Asian countries who eat noodle-based dishes for nearly every meal. I don't know if it has an official name but you could call it a "Noodle Protector," which has a double meaning. It protects your noodle (meaning "head" or "noggin") from being lashed by noodles (meaning "pasta") and it makes you look like a noodle (meaning "stupid person" or "simpleton")!

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