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The Ten Tenets of Chindogu

Every Chindogu is an almost useless object, but not every almost useless object is a Chindogu. In order to transcend the realms of the merely almost useless, and join the ranks of the really almost useless, certain vital criteria must be met. It is these criteria, a set of ten vital tenets, that define the gentle art and philosophy of Chindogu. Here they are:

  1. A Chindogu cannot be for real use.

  2. A Chindogu must exist.

  3. Inherent in every Chindogu is the spirit of anarchy.

  4. Chindogu are tools for everyday life.

  5. Chindogu are not for sale.

  6. Humour must not be the sole reason for creating Chindogu.

  7. Chindogu are not propaganda.

  8. Chindogu are never taboo.

  9. Chindogu cannot be patented.

  10. Chindogu are without prejudice.