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S04 E21 - Chindoku, Are You Lonesome Tonight?


The Bro Show Podcast

S04 E21 - Chindoku, Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Jon, Jeri and Blondie


  • What’s the weather?

  • What shirt are you wearing?





  • Vince’s Groaners



Jeri introduces the new “Solutions” T-shirt, now available for our shopping pleasure. Jon’s latest entry on his blog is a full-blown travelogue of his trip to Italy, complete with some beautiful pictures, and Jon’s take on the country as a first-time visitor. He loved it!

Through Jon, we meet Ed McDevitt, the father of the owner of the Ale House. One of Ed’s claims-to-fame is as a purveyor of information you’re not interested in…yet he makes you listen to it, and considers it a victory if you do.

Check out the link to the picture of Digby, the cute little miniature horse buying a ticket to ride on the London subway. In fact, check out all the links in the show notes. They’re a treasure trove that illustrates our journey with the Brothers.

The latest entry into the Brew Crew Parody videos is a satire of “Dumb and Dumber.” Brent Suter has Jim Carrey’s affectations nailed to a T, right down to the chipped tooth.

In keeping with the Ed McDevitt realm of useless information, the Brothers tackle useless inventions, which the Japanese have cornered as an art form: “Chindoku.“ This is literally a prank originating in Japan. They tout seemingly ingenious inventions that purport to be the ideal solution to everyday problems, but are in fact, nothing more than a useless gag. 

Jeri discovered the title picture, where a Japanese lady seems to be sleeping with a man who has his arm around her. After looking at it more closely, he realized it was a pillow, consisting of a shirt with a fake arm, apparently for lonely women. He sent it to Jon to see what he thought it was. 

Upon further research, Jeri discovered the art of “chindoku.“  He and Jon have an uproarious conversation about some of these weird and kinda crazy inventions. It is replete with wisecracks from the Brothers throughout. Those are my favorite parts, actually. One reviewer characterized chindoku as “brilliant but boneheaded.” 

As we’ve found out by now, listening to Jon and Jeri is always gonna be a learning experience, and always amusing. Is chindoku something we would ever have known about without The Bro Show? Not likely. You heard it here.