Video: Baby Mop

Photos of a Baby Mop have been circling the Intertubes for a while. It’s supposedly a Japanese one-piece baby outfit adorned with what looks like patches of extremely long shag rug. Your baby crawls on your floor and cleans it at the same time.

Well, hot diggity, now we have a 15-second commercial.


Baby Mop from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

I noticed the arrangement of the rug differs between the photo and the video clip. If this product is real, I’d love for someone who reads Japanese to locate it on a retailer’s website.

Updates:

Thanks to Allison for pointing us to an article explaining the Baby Mop. It’s from Japan’s father of weird inventions. And Sara points us to this Saturday Night Live commercial for the Swiffer Sleeper…

Comments

4 Responses to “Video: Baby Mop”

  1. Sara says:

    Several years ago (before we had kids and had the ability to stay up late) we saw a fake commercial on Saturday Night Live for the “Swiffer Sleeper” which was essentially the same thing, except it was supposed to be a joke.

    February 20th, 2009 at 4:10 am

  2. Allison says:

    The short answer is it’s a joke.

    The long answer is it really was invented by a Japanese guy who calls his inventions Chindougu. Sounds like he originally started it as a segment in a magazine he was editing and went over really well.

    Here is an article that talks about him and Chindougu:

    http://www.hiraganatimes.com/hp/scenes/kiji/kiji251-5e.html

    I haven’t managed to locate where the commercial came from but the pictures are probably from his book.

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:56 am

  3. Marcy says:

    Random and barely related but I got an email yesterday that Swiffer WetJet cleaning formula is poisonous to animals and children. Supposedly the chemical compound is 1 ingredient away from anti-freeze…

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

  4. AJ says:

    SNOPES classifies the Swiffer WetJet rumor as FALSE.

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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