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10 Japanese Inventions And Gadgets That Might Be Causing More Problems Than They're Solving

Updated February 24, 2020 20.8k votes 4.0k voters 179.3k views10 items

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Conceived in Japan, Chindogu is the idea of inventing something that has no practical purpose. The inventions are often silly and funny, as they will solve a problem but in an extremely unpractical way. Examples include shoes that double as feet umbrellas, or even a pair of chopsticks with a fan attached to cool your ramen as you eat it. True Chindogu inventions are never patented; they remain in the public domain forever.
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    Subway Sleeping Cap

    Subway Sleeping Cap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Japanese Inventions And Gadgets That Might Be Causing More Problems Than They're Solving
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    Noodle Cooler

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    Banana Holder

    Banana Holder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Japanese Inventions And Gadgets That Might Be Causing More Problems Than They're Solving
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    Shoe Umbrellas

    Shoe Umbrellas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Japanese Inventions And Gadgets That Might Be Causing More Problems Than They're Solving
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