Holey Expanded Polystyrene! Weevils are eating my noodles!
You see? You see those little evil weevil-sized holes in the side of the cup? See the circular pile of weevil dust on the top of the dried noodles? I told you it was true.
I really don't mind the taste of weevils in my noodles, but the darned styrofoam cup is not going to hold water with those holes in it. So I tape over those holes with clear plastic (cellophane?) tape, and now I can put some hot water on those noodles.
The last picture shows the noodles in their hot, wet, state. There is a weevil carcass barely visible, or maybe it is just a shed exoskel (I think they molt) floating on top of that green pea, on the left there.
Edit: I just noticed the finished, empty, cup has dead weevils stuck to the sides, and these are a pretty good example of what weevils and weevil exoskeletons look like, for anyone who has not seen weevils before.