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Chindogu: The World’s 10 Most Pointless Inventions

Published by Goitia Productions in Offbeat
April 1st, 2008

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:

  1. A Chindogu cannot be for real use
  2. A Chindogu must exist
  3. Inherent in every Chindogu is the spirit of anarchy
  4. Chindogu are tools for everyday life
  5. Chindogu are not for sale
  6. Humor must not be the sole reason for creating a Chindogu
  7. Chindogu is not propaganda
  8. Chindogu are never taboo
  9. Chindogu cannot be patented
  10. 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:

  1. Back Scratch T-Shirt

  2. 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…”

  3. Watch View Jacket

  4. 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!

  5. Fake Crosswalk

  6. 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!

  7. Noodle Eater’s Hair Guard

  8. 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!).

  9. Automatic Noodle Cooler

  10. 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.

  11. Butter Stick

  12. 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!

  13. Automatic Floor Cleaner

  14. 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!

  15. Vending Machine Disguise

  16. 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.

  17. Ear Extender

  18. 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).

  19. Portable Toilet Paper Roll

  20. 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!

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  1. chindogu legend!!
    Posted July 9, 2008 at 5:48 am

    i like the dog bowls on her ears they are shexy!!

    all u chindogu legends are legends!!!1

  2. Lenswipe
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 9:58 pm


  3. Ryan
    Posted October 4, 2008 at 10:25 am

    The butter stick! How come it was never invented before?!

  4. mandy
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 5:31 am

    It is very fantastic!!!

  5. rachel
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I like butter stick!!It is easy to use and easy to handle.

  6. yuen-v-`
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 5:50 am

    some are very funny -v-;
    some are quite useful

  7. catherinee; =]
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    haha i like the little cloth mop.. but yea i reakon the butter stick would be very useful.. =]

  8. Kim Jong Il
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    What does Chindogu mean? Razy boy

  9. WIcheesehead
    Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Actually we already use something like the butter glue stick for buttering our sweetcorn. It even is shaped especially for corn!

  10. dan
    Posted March 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    i need 2 try n invent something like that

  11. lola
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    wow were doing a project like that in our class

  12. tracy
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 5:55 am

    nahh dead bad i thik :(

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  14. ruby
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 7:25 am

    lol i want the butter stick!

  15. Pop guy
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 5:38 am

    OMG !they are so cool especially the fake crosswalk
    lol the baby mop

  16. Posted June 18, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I am a serial killer and with my first hand knowledge i can garuntee this product works :D
    AKA coke machine

    love katie the serial killer :D

  17. Posted June 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

    evil billy, you killed my dad :(
    i will hunt you down and reek havok upon your life :\’(

  18. Ben Mii
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    i want 2 butter sticks where can i get one?
    when i was 5 i first started to use a knife to spread my own butter on bread,

  19. Pat macrack
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I have one of those fan for my noodles, they work great even on your own noodle.

  20. Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    hw to join this …….
    i want to be join this and to become a best inventer ……
    i wont to famous my country name……
    i am Hindustani(Bharatiya)…..
    some one please tell me……
    is my email address….
    please someone wright method to join this I will be back …..thanks you…….JAY HIND

  21. Tobias
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    lol the “ear extender” looks so funny, if you like chindogu you should check out http://www.chindoguawards.com/. There you can upload your own chindogu, rate other chindogues and win prizes. Right now you can win an Ipad or Sonyled TV! Cheers!

  22. Alex Ellerbrock
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I love the Hayfever Hat. No more getting on the dumper and realizing there is no toilet paper.

  23. Posted May 21, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I had the box that turns itself off in 1967. You turned it on, and a plastic hand came out of the box and turned it off. I got it for my birthday as a gag gift.

  24. Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    haha! noodle eater head guard. Hilarious.

    here are some redneck inventions..


  25. Baneet
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    wow i luv da baby duster thing its real cool

  26. Baneet
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    wow i luv da baby duster thing its real cool

  27. Posted May 7, 2012 at 10:20 am


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