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Who Invented Pasta?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by deevah, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. deevah

    deevah TRIBE Member


    Proof of the pasta? Chinese scientists unearth 4,000-year-old noodle dish

    Canadian Press

    October 13, 2005

    BEIJING (AP) - And you thought the leftovers in your fridge were old.

    A 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles has been discovered at an archeological site in western China, possible proof for the argument that China invented pasta before Italy.

    "These are definitely the earliest noodles ever found," said Lu Houyuan, a researcher with the Institute of Geology in Beijing who studied the ingredients of the pristinely preserved pasta.

    The discovery of the delicate yellow noodles in Minhe County in China's western province of Qinghai is reported in this week's edition of Nature magazine.

    "Chinese people say Marco Polo brought noodles from China back to Italy and Italians say they had noodles before that," Lu said. "All this has been based on documentary material, on personal accounts and menus. But we've been unable to find any actual material - until now."

    The fist-size clump of noodles was found inside an overturned bowl under three metres of sediment from a flood that researchers suspect wiped out the Qijia Culture of the Late Neolithic era.

    When researchers lifted up the bowl, they discovered the 50-centimetre-long noodles sitting atop an inverted cone of clay that had sealed the bowl, it said.

    The noodles were made from a dough of two local varieties of millet - broomcorn and foxtail millet - rather than the more common wheat or rice. The dough was pulled into long strands before being boiled.

    Rice noodles are popular in southern China while northerners rely heavily on wheat to make their noodles, dumplings and bread.

    The area where the excavation site is located is now populated mainly by China's ethnic Muslim Hui minority. The region's poorer farmers reportedly still eat millet noodles, said contributing researcher Ye Maoling, though he has yet to try them for himself.

    Lu and Ye say they plan to eventually try making millet noodles like those found at the Lajia archeological site themselves.
  2. basketballjones

    basketballjones TRIBE Member

    this isnt news....i thought it was a given the chinese invented pasta and pizza....
  3. Flashy_McFlash

    Flashy_McFlash Well-Known TRIBEr

    Same here...was anyone still debating this?
  4. Amy_J

    Amy_J TRIBE Member

    Pfft everyone knows it was Chef Boyardee
  5. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  6. annec

    annec TRIBE Member


    and the Vietnamese will tell you to pho-k off!
  7. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    Sunny's gonna be in his fucking glory.
  8. AdRiaN

    AdRiaN TRIBE Member

    Everyone knows pasta was given to the Chinese by aliens.
  9. JOSHB

    JOSHB TRIBE Member

    Brought alongside of the ancient rub and tug by Marco Polo, pasta was a Chinese invention.
  10. echootje

    echootje TRIBE Member


    Look how far they've come :rolleyes:
  11. Rude1_247

    Rude1_247 TRIBE Member

    Now that we've settled that one we can move on to who ownz North of Toronto more.
  12. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

    Oh right, cuz your bleached bag of Primo is oh-so healthy.
  13. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

    Ho hoy sum-ah!

  14. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

    I've posted this before. Here is what the Chinese invented and/or discovered:

    The horse collar
    The wheelbarrow
    The moldboard plow
    Paper money
    Cast iron
    The helicopter rotor and the propeller
    The decimal system
    The seismograph
    Circulation of the blood
    Brandy and Whiskey
    The Kite
    The rocket and multi-staged rockets
    Bad haircuts
    Blowing one's nose in public without a tissue

    Here is what white people invented:
    Moo-gu guy pan
    Fortune cookies
  15. Galactic Phantom

    Galactic Phantom TRIBE Member

    That's Korean not Chinese.
  16. Galactic Phantom

    Galactic Phantom TRIBE Member

    Don't forget the finger puzzle!!
  17. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

  18. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

    What, finger cuffs?
  19. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    And thank goodness they invented it! Otherwise we'd have a tough time living while our blood pools up in our ankles.
  20. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    *craps skirt in fit of laughter*
  21. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

  22. Galactic Phantom

    Galactic Phantom TRIBE Member

  23. ila

    ila TRIBE Member

    The Chinese people at my work also claim they invented/discovered tea, gun powder, pizza and the meat ball.
  24. kmac

    kmac TRIBE Member

  25. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    the meat ball ?
    hmmmm...get meat...squish into ball.
    now wheres my fucking patent?

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