The information comes from today's Planet Money
, which reports that many hospitals see burns from instant noodle soup as often as two and up to five times a week, according to hospitals from California to Washington.
A design flaw --
tall, lightweight styrofoam with an unstable base -- is what causes kids in particular to tip the cup onto themselves, though the stickiness of noodles to skin does follow-up damage.
A Northern California doctor, David Greenhalgh, conducted a study
to find that Cup Noodles is the most tipsy design. He suggests inverting the shape, like Yoplait's container, for a more stable and less dangerous snack.
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