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Chindogu is the Japanese for “weird tool” or loosely, the idea of a useless art.

There are apparently rules for what can or cannot be considered chindogu.

  1. A chindogu cannot be for real use.
  2. A chindogu must exist.
  3. Inherent in every chindogu is the spirit of anarchy.
  4. Chondogu are tools for everyday use. 
  5. Chindogu are not for sale.
  6. Humor must not be the sole reason for creating chindogu.
  7. Chindogu are not propaganda.
  8. Chindogu are never taboo.
  9. Chindogu cannot be patented.
  10. Chindogu are without prejudice.

 Because it’s still cold and flu season, we find this could be useful.


Some people I know wouldn’t mind looking foolish for the sake of convenience. I personally don’t mind the extra step of pulling tissues or a hanky out and exerting the extra energy of bringing it all the way to my nose. I can handle that amount of work.


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