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great japanese inventions (2)

.....that may or may not have been invented in Japan.

The Heat Pad Thingy


The heat pad thingy, known in Japan as kairo, which roughly translates as "the heat pad thingy", is a pad of heat which heats up - rather like a hot thingy.

It's popular with people who want to warm up in winter, as well as those who wish to harm themselves.

It works rather like magic. Simply shake it, stick it on your body, and within minutes it will be generating enough heat to warm your nether regions, as well as any other regions that need warming.

A heat pad thingy.

Affixing directly to the skin is not advised. People who have done this and then fallen asleep have been known to catch fire, thereby becoming a little warmer than they had originally intended.

Don't don't don't don't - there should always be fabric between the skin and the heat pad thingy in order not to sizzle.

Many people have wondered how the heat pad thingy actually works. Well, if you open one up, it's not hard to see.....

Inside a heat pad thingy - lots of matches and small bits of coal to keep you toasty.

So let's hear it for the heat pad thingy. Wonderful in winter. Pointless in summer. The heat pad thingy guarantees you'll never freeze your nuts off again (for god's sake don't stick one there).
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On Sunday, 26 April, 2009, Blogger Gsiwn3e49 said:

Holy carp! Isn't that stuff awfully dangerous? o_O

How the heck does that stuff -not- catch fire?  

On Sunday, 26 April, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

omg!! i LOVE those heat pad thingies~  

On Sunday, 26 April, 2009, Blogger Ana Félix Pires said:

Those sound dangerous. I like my traditional warm water bottles. There's this new thing now, salt heaters? Haven't arrived to where I live yet, but I got one from England. Pure awesomeness. No coal and fire, just salt and a harmless chemical reaction.  

On Monday, 27 April, 2009, Blogger Becca said:

You can find stuff like that all over America, but they're usually work through a chemical reaction. Something to do with the air... I opened one up and only found weird beads.  

On Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, Blogger Leon Koh said:

love your blog.. haha.. thanks for the tip on the heating pad

will be careful

Leon Singapore

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On Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, Anonymous john turningpin said:

That particular heat-pad thingy is running some seriously old-school heat!  

On Saturday, 06 June, 2009, Blogger Ku Yin™ said:

areeee...is it true sir?
got matches inside?
scarry duh...
oh ya, love to follow your blog..this is mine:

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