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Momofuku Ando: Google doodle celebrates 105th birthday of ramen inventor

Momofuku Ando is honored by Google on what

Momofuku Ando is honored by Google on what would have been his 105th birthday. Credit: Google

Attention broke college students: today is a day to celebrate.

March 5 marks what would have been ramen instant noodle inventor Momofuku Ando's 105th birthday, and Google has transformed its homepage with four different doodles in his honor.

Google reps explained that the doodles are meant to illustrate Ando's dedication to his work. It took him 48 years to perfect the product, which was initially created as part of Ando's goal to help end hunger in Japan.

In 1957, the entrepreneur discovered after much trial and error that the trick to creating instant noodles was to fry them in tempura oil, creating tiny holes in each noodle that allowed them to cook quickly when combined with boiling water.

Who knew that all of these years later, these instant noodles would become a dorm room staple?

Ando died in 2007 at the age of 96.

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