Chindogu: The World’s 10 Most Pointless Inventions
Literally translated, the Japanese word “chindogu” means “unusual tool”. This is the name for the art of creating everyday gadgets that are ideal for solving particular problems.
However, Chindogu have no utility at all, either because they would cause many more new problems, and/or would be extremely embarrassing to use.
Thus, they are often described as “unuseless”, since they do solve a problem, although practically they can’t be put to real use.
Anyone can create a Chindogu, as long as he/she keeps in mind these ten tenants:
- A Chindogu cannot be for real use
- A Chindogu must exist
- Inherent in every Chindogu is the spirit of anarchy
- Chindogu are tools for everyday life
- Chindogu are not for sale
- Humor must not be the sole reason for creating a Chindogu
- Chindogu is not propaganda
- Chindogu are never taboo
- Chindogu cannot be patented
- Chindogu are without prejudice
You can read the details about these ten tenants here. Now, here are 10 of the most bizarre, hilarious, and “unuseless” Chindogu ever created:
Back Scratch T-Shirt
Watch View Jacket
Noodle Eater’s Hair Guard
Automatic Noodle Cooler
Automatic Floor Cleaner
Vending Machine Disguise
Portable Toilet Paper Roll
Do you need someone to scratch your back? With this battle ship style T-shirt you can tell your friend exactly where the maddening itch is, without having to say, “A little left… no, more to the right…”
This jacket comes with a permanent sleeve window so that you have access to your watch at all times. This way, you won’t have to pull back your sleeve to know what time it is!
Ever felt the urge to J-walk so you wouldn’t have to go to a street light? Here’s a better solution! You can simply unravel this portable Cross Walk, get to the other side, and roll it back. Ingenious!
You might ask, “What’s with the tutu?” Well, with this witty invention, your hair is totally protected from getting in your food (or being accidentally eaten!).
Are you tired of waiting for your favourite food to cool before you can eat it? Here’s the solution! This fan is attached to the chopsticks, cooling the noodles during their short trip to the diner’s mouth.
Why dirty a knife? This Chindogu is basically a bar of butter in a glue stick case! It allows you to butter up toasts without dirtying a knife of your hands. Cool!
Most people find this cruel, but, hey! If you don’t have time to entertain your baby and clean the house, here’s the perfect solution for both problems. You don’t even have to pay the cleaning lady!
This funky skirt is printed with a Coca-Cola design. That’s not unusual. However, it can be opened up and transformed into a vending machine disguise! This is quite handy if you are a serial killer on the run.
Forget batteries, wires, and expensive hearing aids. This Chindogu is sturdy, waterproof, and guaranteed to work no matter what the circumstances! (It’s a bit embarrassing, though).
Do you have a cold? Are you sick (forgive the pun) of carrying Kleenexes everywhere? Then this stylish hat is the end to your problems! When you feel a sneeze coming, just pull on the roll!
This is the end of my article, but the art of Chindogu continues! There are millions of inventors out there with humorous and unuseless gadgets roaming around their brains!