Thursday, October 13, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

While digging in a flood zone in China, scientists made a startling discovery: From the BBC news:
The remains of the world's oldest noodles have been unearthed in China.

The 50cm-long, yellow strands were found in a pot that had probably been buried during a catastrophic flood.

Radiocarbon dating of the material taken from the Lajia archaeological site on the Yellow River indicates the food was about 4,000 years old.

Scientists tell the journal Nature that the noodles were made using grains from millet grass - unlike modern noodles, which are made with wheat flour.

The discovery goes a long way to settling the old argument over who first created the string-like food.

Professor Houyuan Lu said: "Prior to the discovery of noodles at Lajia, the earliest written record of noodles is traced to a book written during the East Han Dynasty sometime between AD 25 and 220, although it remained a subject of debate whether the Chinese, the Italians, or the Arabs invented it first.
The Chinese invented many things. We owe a great deal to them. They have been a very practical people who are gourmands of the highest order, when they decided to organize a government system, they did it with a thoroughness that is astonishing. They started the entire concept of civil service. They even organized their heavens on the same principles including the all important "bribe the official" aspect!

Making noodles is hard work. Same with making strudel. I have made both, from scratch. It is hard work so don't expect Bush to make any noodles, he only makes hash of things.

Many cultures figured out how to make dough, to roll it out and to shape it. But it was the Chinese who figured out how to stretch it repeatedly, rolling it, stretching it, folding it and rolling it again and then stretching it more. But then, they also figured out how to unravel the fine threads of the silk worm moth! Try doing that the first time!
It still astonishes me that anyone figured out not only how to do this, but to think of it in the first place! No wonder they turned the woman said to first weave silk, a goddess. Every time I put on any silk clothes, and I love silk!---I praise her and her loom. From Silk Road:
Chinese legend gives the title Goddess of Silk to Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor, who was said to have ruled China in about 3000 BC. She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom. Half a silkworm cocoon unearthed in 1927 from the loess soil astride the Yellow River in Shanxi Province, in northern China, has been dated between 2600 and 2300 BC. Another example is a group of ribbons, threads and woven fragments, dated about 3000 BC, and found at Qianshanyang in Zhejiang province. More recent archeological finds - a small ivory cup carved with a silkworm design and thought to be between 6000 and 7000 years old, and spinning tools, silk thread and fabric fragments from sites along the lower Yangzi River – reveal the origins of sericulture to be even earlier.
From the same area noodles were invented. f

Of course, then there is tea....ah, another reason to love the Chinese.

The Chinese, inventors and creators of the best sort, they only had to sit at home and wait for the hordes of people to come to them for trade. They stopped creating new stuff and one fine day, the Brits came a-knocking. This is a lesson they won't forget. Who is that knocking on our door?

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