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