4 Unusual Useful Inventions

Chindogu is Japanese for weird tool. Though (almost) completely ineffectual, the beauty of these useless ideas is that you can't deny their potential.

By Andy Simmons
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    Back Scratcher's T-Shirt

    Back scratching can be maddening. "To the right ... the right! ... Now to the left ... okay, up ... up!" Those days are gone thanks to this utilitarian garment, which is part Battleship, part itch's worst enemy.

    Hay Fever Hat

    Allergy sufferers, rejoice! Never again will you endure the ignominy of being out in public with no way to blow your nose. And you'll be blowing in style with this handsome toilet-paper-roll holder on your head.

    Commuter's Helmet

    Now you can sleep while you're on the go! The suction cup on the back keeps the commuter's head in place, while a message on the front asks fellow passengers, "Could you please wake me up when I reach the stop printed below? Many thanks."

    Chopstraws

    How many times have you found yourself at a restaurant slurping the last of your noodle soup only to feel the glare of fellow diners? No more, with this ingenious combination chopstick/straw.

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