China's new live-streaming star wins legions of fans thanks to useless inventions

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Geng Shuai makes a living from videos of absurd contraptions, including an alarm that goes off if your fly is open

A meat cleaver that doubles as a cell phone case. A holder for a watermelon slice. A metal contraption that makes flicking someone on the forehead more painful.These are just a few of the creations designed and made by China’s “useless inventor.”

Geng Shuai, 34, also ironically called “Edison” by his fans, broadcasts his work from his home studio in a village in Hebei province on a live-streaming app almost every day. With more than 2.5 million fans on the platform, Kuaishou, he is one of China’s latest live-stream celebrities.

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