- Paperback: 159 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393317439
- ISBN-13: 978-0393317435
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu Paperback – November 1, 1997
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99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions is a delightfully wacky book, easily the equal of its predecessor, 1995's 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions. Those of you fortunate enough to pick that book up (and that's quite a few people--it was a surprise hit) already know that "Chindogu" is the not-so-ancient Japanese art of creating "gadgets that appear to be useful, but on closer examination, aren't."
99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions is written with a droll earnestness that is perfectly in pitch. But what puts the book over the top are the tongue-in-cheek catalog-style photos that show each invention in use. The idea of "The Portable Countryside" is amusing, but when you actually see a stern-faced Japanese executive with a flower box full of greenery swinging at his side like an oversized purse, it's impossible not to laugh. Or consider the definition of "Swiss Army Gloves": "Multi-purpose mittens that keep you ready for anything. Swiss Army Gloves provide a lighter, fork, corkscrew, bottle opener, pen, cutter, hole puncher and two screwdrivers all at the tips of your fingers--literally."
Chindogu is an exacting art, and the rules for its creation can be found in the front of the book. As a gentle, sly satire of the welter of new and better inventions that constantly pours down on us, 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions is admirable. That may be assigning much too much sense to this splendidly nonsensical volume; nevertheless, this book and its mate are wonderful.
Chindogu is the Chaos Theory put to everyday use. Funny but subversive. Ordinary but surreal. Brilliant but boneheaded. . . . Once word gets around, stand back. -- John Barry, Knight-Ridder
Hilarious yet vaguely disturbing--not unlike the concept of sushi. -- Whole Earth Review
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Hey Di*k Wads, get some new ( Yea realy NEW) material
This book is about 99 more un-useless inventions (from the sequel of "101 Un-Useless Inventions".), which are inventions with no sales, which makes sense with some, like:
- Tongue Cover: Covers your tongue so that you can eat your food without waiting awhile for it to cool down -- Less receptive taste buds, also hot on back; purpose should be for brushing teeth to avoid the mintiness of the toothpaste, not for food!!!
- Swiss army gloves: Gloves to PREPARE for ANYTHING -- Just pack separately; it is less efficient if it were gloves.
- Portable parking spot: Allows you to park in full parking lots without getting a ticket -- Annoys drivers that are moving in after you, and since it may be noticed, you will get a ticket anyawy.
- Portable lamp post: Prevents you from walking in the dark night again -- hard to carry around, especially in non-flat terrain or stairs. In addition, the light may make females mistaken as a prostitute!
However, some are practical like:
- Selective alarm clock: Alarm clock that only wakes you up, meaning it will not annoy other people.
- Geisha on the Go: Saves time making your face whiter.
However, I should tell why I like this book. It is because I have a good experience from the prequel. More importantly, some are funny, with clear descriptions! :D
Ranking: 5/5: I love it.
Thank you for reading this. :)