Weird Universe


Wearable Tomato Project

This has gotten quite a bit of attention from the Internet. But just in case some of you haven't seen it, this is the "Tomatan" — the end result of the "wearable tomato project" sponsored by a Japanese vegetable juice company to promote the idea that tomatoes are good for you and would be great food-on-the-go for runners.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 26, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Inventions, Chindogu


A solution without a problem. So much easier than scooping a dollop of vanilla ice cream into a glass of root beer. Now with limited flavor choices!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 25, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Advertising, Chindogu, Junk Food, 1960's

Artificial Morale Booster

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 18, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Chindogu

The Snogometer

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Sexuality, Chindogu, 1960's

Digital eyes

A Japanese inventor, Hirotaka Osawa, has created glasses (which he calls AgencyGlass) that display a pair of digital eyes, sparing wearers the burden of having to express emotion with their eyes. The NY Daily News reports:

Just as robots can reduce the need for physical labour, the AgencyGlass — which looks like two small TV screens set in spectacle frames — aims to cut down its user's emotional demands by carrying out their eye movements for them.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 23, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu

Motorized Skates

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Eccentrics, Motor Vehicles, Chindogu, 1960's


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I'd like to see anyone trust their life to this thing above the first floor of a house.

And what a weird come-on. "Live in a house?" No, a barn!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 06, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Domestic, Chindogu, 1940's

Life Before Cellphones


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 11, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Radio, Chindogu, Children, Parents, 1930's

Instant Car Crash Guaranteed!


Original ad here. (Scroll down.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 08, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Chindogu, 1950's, Cars

Before Dye Packs

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 06, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Chindogu, 1950's
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