The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it. The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless. Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff? In fact, mostly useless stuff?
Designer Fernando Altamirano, who previously dressed Cognac Dudognon Heritage Henri IV in the most expensive cognac bottle in the world, recently sold his newly-designed water bottle for $60,000, winning his second Guinness record for the highest priced bottle sold at auction. Proceeds for the sale were donated to a foundation to stop global warning.
Perhaps you've heard about Clostridium difficile or C. difficile, or C. diff. It's been spreading more and more every year through hospitals and other health care facilities to the point where in some regions, like the southeast U.S., it is even more aggressive than the more well-known superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bug. But others can get it, even if they are generally healthy and not in a hospital setting.