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Entry from May 18, 2018
“I’m so broke, I can only afford Bottom Ramen”

Nissin Foods produces Top Ramen noodles; there is no “Middle Ramen” or “Bottom Ramen,” but there are jokes. “When I was a kid we were so poor we could only afford bottom ramen” was posted on Twitter on March 28, 2008. “I’m so broke I’m eating bottom ramen” was posted on Twitter on February 10, 2010.

“I was so broke in college, all I could afford to eat was Bottom Ramen” was posted on Twitter on November 18, 2010. “‘In college I was so poor, I got Bottom Ramen’-The Car Show” was posted on Twitter on August 12, 2011.


Google Groups: rec.backcountry
Ramen noodles vs. pasta
Stephen W. Anderson
4/10/99
Stephen Balbach wrote in message
news:7envpl$shs$1@clarknet.clark.net…
>... “I eat lots of Top Ramen noodles” (!)

What is the “Top” in “Top Ramen Noodles,” by the way? Is there a Bottom Ramen or a Middle Ramen as well, and what’s the difference?

Twitter
Rhett Anderson
@Nosredna
When I was a kid we were so poor we could only afford bottom ramen.
1:17 PM - 28 Mar 2008

Twitter
C@L·v¡n
@bitNomad
.@CTincognito I’m so broke I’m eating bottom ramen
11:47 PM - 10 Feb 2010

Twitter
Dave
@gneicco
I was so broke in college, all I could afford to eat was Bottom Ramen.
2:28 PM - 18 Nov 2010

Twitter
Boaz
@BoazAlmighty
I’m so broke I can only afford Middle and Bottom Ramen
10:35 AM - 2 Aug 2011

Twitter
Clinton McKinlay
@clintorama
Follow Follow @clintorama
Good one! RT @hangwong “In college I was so poor, I got Bottom Ramen"-The Car Show
1:57 AM - 12 Aug 2011

Twitter
Biff Whipster
@BiffWhipster
I’m so broke I’m having Bottom Ramen. (ba-dum-bum-psssh)
5:47 AM - 27 Aug 2012

Reddit—LifePro Tips
LPT: If you can’t afford a package of Top Ramen get a pack of Bottom Ramen as it is much less expensive. (self.ShittyLifeProTips)
submitted January 3, 2013 by thesensitivetoughguy

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Top Ramen is like less than 25 cents a pack. Bottom Ramen must be super cheap.
submitted July 16, 2015 by SoSaltyDoe

Twitter
Houle Family Dairy
@dailydairydiary
I’m so broke I can’t even afford Top Ramen.
I have to settle for Bottom Ramen.
4:18 PM - 8 Mar 2018

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If I am always eating Top Ramen, who is eating Bottom Ramen?
submitted March 9, 2016 by sdvr1

Reddit—Highdeas
Why is there no bottom ramen? (self.highdeas)
submitted August 22, 2016 by captainclutch14

Twitter
FGOTP
@FGontheProwl
Times were tough when I worked my way thru college. I was so poor I could only afford Bottom Ramen… #FGOTP
11:53 AM - 17 May 2018

Reddit—Oneliners
I’m so broke, I can only afford Bottom Ramen.
submitted May 19, 2018 by egap420

(Trademark)
Word Mark TOP RAMEN
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: Noodles and instant cooking noodles. FIRST USE: 19700715. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19700715
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 78463555
Filing Date August 6, 2004
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition November 8, 2005
Registration Number 3053690
Registration Date January 31, 2006
Owner (REGISTRANT) Nissin Shokuhin Kabushiki Kaisha DBA Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. KABUSHIKI KAISHA JAPAN 1-1 Nishinakajima 4-Chome Yodogawa-Ku Osaka JAPAN
(LAST LISTED OWNER) NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD. CORPORATION JAPAN 1-1, NISHINAKAJIMA 4-CHOME YODOGAWA-KU OSAKA JAPAN
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Mainak H. Mehta
Prior Registrations 0955273;2199772;2903545
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “RAMEN” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Description of Mark Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20160211.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20160211
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