One of the first things you notice when you come to Japan is that a lot of things are smaller than what you might be used to. If you’re even a little on the large side, you can feel a bit like Gulliver at times.
But this is ridiculous.
A couple of years ago, Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo created a bowl of ramen so small that it was only visible through a microscope. (Apparently they weren’t all that hungry.) Somebody with really tiny fingers and a really tiny tape measure determined that the bowl had a diameter of 1/25,000 of an inch. Except for the fact that the ramen noodles aren’t actually edible, it’s a dieter’s dream lunch.
Why, you may ask, would they want to create this unusual item? Good question. Apparently they were just showing off – demonstrating their new cutting-edge technology and saying to the rest of the world’s scientists, “Okay, let’s see you top THAT!” But, on the other hand, if we ever get to the point where we can send scientists into our bodies (a la Fantastic Voyage), these teeny tiny bowls of ramen will probably be pretty darn popular!