28 Ridiculous Japanese Inventions That Are Actually (Sort Of) Useful.
Think of an artform -- any artform. Now, wrap your brain around the fact that if it exists, Japan probably had something to do with it. After all, in a country with tens of thousands of years of culture and creation, it only makes sense that they've dabbled in just about every artistic invention there is: Even if that invention doesn't actually work. In fact, there's a Japanese artform for exactly that, and it's called chindōgu.
Allow us to explain: Chindōgu is the Japanese art of creating everyday gadgets that seem like a really, really great idea. However, these inventions have one distinctive feature: They don't actually work, or would solve one problem by creating several others. Chindōgu are often described as "unuseless," as they serve a certain purpose but don't help you accomplish anything. See some examples below.
#1. Hello Kitty dog pants seem cute, but the real question is: How quickly can you get them off?
#2. These earrings don't exactly seem comfortable.
#3. This donut camera is cute, but that's probably about it?
#5. These shower shoes wash your feet and your feet alone. For use while standing in...the shower?
#6. This voice trainer somehow claims to make your voice more beautiful.
#7. We get the idea of this lipstick stencil, but can already imagine how it will work out.
#8. A hand massager...for your breasts.
#9. A face expander, for some reason.
#10. When your own arm just won't do.
#11. Fake hand covers your mouth when you use a toothpick, because being spotted using a toothpick would be terrible.
#12. The Hana Tsun Nose Straightener does not look comfortable.
#13. Comfortable, but not exactly productive.
#14. For all the times you felt compelled to make something out of cat hair.
#15. Bubble wrap that never stops.
#16. A marriage countdown bra. Yikes.