While it’s cool that this silicone character can secure your instant noodles when they’re cooking, the cooler part is that the figure changes color after three minutes. You’ll never have to repeatedly check your phone to see how long your Cup Noodles have been cooking again.
Japan has a reputation for producing some downright weird stuff.
In fact, the word “chindogu” even refers to inventions that are technically practical, but utterly eccentric in their execution. These products are so bizarre, they’re not actually meant to be produced.
But many questionably useful Japanese products actually exist in circulation, and we’re defending some of the “strange” ones. Sure, they may be a bit excessive — but useless? Not quite.
1. Banana Keeper
Image courtesy of Daiso
Have you ever experienced a squished banana at the bottom of your bag? Not fun. Not fun at all.
2. Urusakunai Kara OK! Mute Microphone USB
Image courtesy of JTT
Admittedly, this microphone looks ridiculous. Fortunately, it is not meant to be used in public.
This gadget is perfect for belting out tunes when you don’t want to disturb your neighbors — or when you just don’t want to hear the sound of your own singing voice. (Your hairbrush can’t do that.)
3. Dictionary Desk Pillow
Image courtesy of Japan Trend Shop
Perfect for a mid-work pick-me-up, or just as a nice, easily portable pillow or seat cushion.
4. Photograph Yourself Arm
Image courtesy of Thanko
Sometimes selfies are really difficult.
5. Easy Butter Former
Image courtesy of Metex
One pat of butter magically transforms into ribbons and ribbons of buttery goodness, so you get a lot more butter for your buck … er, yen.
6. Sound-Catch Cubic Pillow
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This invention allows you to hear music or television shows when lying down. While this probably shouldn’t be an element of your daily media consumption, it’s the kind of thing that could be pretty useful when you’re sick and can only lie in bed all day. Or if you’re just really lazy every day.
(via 10 Weird Japanese Products That Are Actually Kind of Useful)