Apparently there’s this neat little product over in Japan that’s called “ママ鼻水トッテ,” which roughly translates to “Mama takes (sucks) my nose mucus.” Seriously, only the most dedicated mothers would be able to suck the runny snot out of their sick children. Then again, Japanese mothers are pretty dedicated. Anyways, let’s take a look at it:
The most important part is the top left. That baby’s never been happier!
Basically, what you do is you stick the soft end in the baby’s sloppy, gushing nose and put the other end in your mouth. Luckily there is an easy to clean bottle between you and your child’s snot factory, but what seems to be missing is the brown paper bag for when you have to throw up. Maybe that will appear in version two. If you’d like to see the product “live” on video, go ahead and read more:
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I really want to know about the market research before the Mama Hanamizu Totte was released. Granted, Japan is a pretty sexist society, but I love how papa is left completely free of responsibility when it comes to sucking baby’s brains out. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a Papa Hanamizu Totte. I guess papa is busy enough slapping his children for kanchoing him in the butt.
Luckily, as long as your child is old enough (or you’re brave enough), you can do a thing called “self mucus sucking.” Strangely, I found a couple of Japanese blogs that talked a little about this. Unfortunately, the children doing it don’t seem to have the right idea. They try though:
Stay away mom. I don’t want another lobotomy. (Source)
I can’t figure out why it isn’t working…oh wait, that’s because both tubes are in the same nostril. (Source)
Here Mommy! Now that I’ve put both tubes in my nose you try to do it! (Source)
In all honesty, though, this is another one of those genius Japanese products. Have you ever seen the book “Crazy Japanese Inventions?” (or something like that) This really feels like one of those except so much better. No more raw noses from blowing. No more clogged noses…even the toughest clogs can be torn right out of your inner sanctum with one sharp swig on the ‘ol hanamizu totte. Still, something like this would never sell over here. It’s not a pill so us American’s won’t deal with it.
So, what do you think? Would you use it? Just imagine your mom trying to pull this on you in public.