#379 Cupmen

Cup Noodles are a staple of student and salaryman life in Japan.

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Cupmen are small plastic figures that can be placed on top of a cup noodle lid.

They were designed by Akira Mabuchi and come in a variety of poses.

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They not only keep the lid closed for optimal cup-cooking, they also change color based on the temperature so you can see when the 3 minute wait is up.

It’s also a witty pun, because in Japanese men/麺 also means noodles.

Get it – cupMEN!

Check out their official site (and hilarious explanation video) here.

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