A Chinese university teacher has devised a rather rare method of punishing his students for coming in late. They’re expected to write a 1000 times the word which means noodle in the Chinese language. A lot might think this is quite easy but such people are in for a big surprise.
This Chinese word, “BIANG” which means noodle, is written with 62 different strokes. Language experts claim this Chinese word is the most difficult hands down.
What makes this a difficult task is, one can easily lose count of the strokes and thus must start all over.
BELOW IS A LEGEND SURROUNDING THE WORD
There was once a young Chinese student wandering past a Shaanxi noodle shop around lunchtime. He heard people inside saying “biang! biang!” and feeling hungry entered to see for himself.
The student watched the cook pull long strings of noodles and serve fresh bowls to satisfied customers. Excited, he asked for one. After scarfing down the bowl, he realized he had no money to pay the bill. Sensing trouble with the cook, the student thought fast.
“What do you call your noodles?” asked the student.
“Biang biang mian,” replied the cook.
“Do you know how to write the character biang?”
The cook scratched his head, having never thought about it.
“Then I’ll teach you how and my noodles are free!”
Before the cook could protest, the student grabbed some paper and wrote a character so complicated that everyone in the restaurant burst into applause. Grinning at being taken, the cook tore up the student’s bill.
The cook’s noodles soon became legendary and the word biang came to mean the sound of someone falling down and feeling surprised, just like the first time Homer Simpson bumped his head and exclaimed, “Doh!”