Eating ramen as restaurant burns

One of the minor weird-news themes we track here on WU is that of people who are so engrossed in whatever they're doing that they're unfazed by the building burning around them. (See the previous posts "Can't miss the show", "Unfazed by fire", and "The Smoke-Filled Room").

The phenomenon was seen recently at a Ramen Jiro restaurant in Tokyo. As thick smoke began to fill the restaurant, the diners inside simply continued to eat their noodles as if nothing was wrong. More info: SoraNews24

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 07, 2024
     Category: Restaurants | Psychology

Maybe the air is so polluted in Tokyo that they couldn’t tell the difference.
Posted by ges on 06/07/24 at 10:15 AM
S. E. P.

It was recognized long before he wrote about it, but Douglas Adams explained it as: "An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem. That’s what SEP means. Somebody Else’s Problem. The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot."
Posted by Phideaux on 06/08/24 at 12:31 AM

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