What I noticed about Cup-O-Noodles…


…is that there’s really no “O” in the name! Did you know that? I’ve been calling these things by the wrong name for 20 years, until yesterday I was picking a few of my favorite dehydrated snacks up from the bodega, and I stopped and really looked at the packaging, and there it was – “Cup Noodles.”

I feel like I’ve been tricked!

Or maybe I feel like a dummy. Well, not a dummy, but definitely a participant in a gigantic ghetto groupthink. Because I just knew there was an “O” there and even believed I saw it on the packaging.

All these brilliant college kids doctoring up these dorm delectables, would fail if the test was one multiple choice question: What is the name of the dehydrated noodle and vegetable cup?

A) Cup-O-Noodles
B) Cup Noodles

Okay, okay, I know this isn’t a big deal and I’m going on about a trivial point in our lives that’s nowhere near as important as politics, etc. But you have to admit, for so many of us to just adapt and adopt a title for something, to assume it’s called something it’s not, to read the label and ignore it because it isn’t what we’re used to (I’m still gonna call it Cup-O-Noodles) definitely says something.

(There’s a point in there somewhere.)



  1. Kelly Benjamin

    So being an avid Cup O’ Noodles aficionado I was determined to find out how an entire generation succumbed to mass hysteria and added an O where there clearly was none. In wikiFact it is merely a delusion of nostalgia as originally they were marketed as cup O’ noodles but it was changed to cup noodles in 1993 long after the O had been ingrained in our subconscious mind… so we who knew the original salty snack are merely projecting the beloved O’ from our childhood…

  2. a.milan

    I don’t know if that’s worst than not knowing wth a “cup o’ noodles” was until high school… Definitely didn’t know it as anything but ramen… Lol

  3. Reece

    Thank you, Kelly! Because I was almost CERTAIN I’d seen an “O” before. But then again, I didn’t know until I was in college that Now & Laters were called well… Now & Laters, and they’re called Oodles of Noodles (LOL). And every since I’ve figured it out, I’ve been trying to figure out how exactly I thought we spelled what we were saying.

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