By Cory Doctorow at 9:17 pm Sun, Feb 5, 2012
Ange-line Tetrault made a series of "hidden animal" teacups with little ceramic beasties inside that are slowly revealed as you sip through your (opaque) beverage of choice.
Whimsical Hidden Animal Teacups
I totally remember that type of cup from my childhood–awesome! I’ll have to pick up a couple for my kids.
Or you can choose a clear beverage, and watch the beasts glare at you from below the surface; the doomed ghosts of drowned animals, cursed to never more breathe the sweet dry air!
Oh, at least until you finish your apple juice…
Also, there’s this, not teacups, but mugs:
And that site is a hoot because of the inventory taxonomy in evidence. Not simply that she (gotta be a chick) has so many kinds of beasties and THINGS in the mugs, but she has them sorted out by category and cross-reference up the wazoo. So I am surprised to learn that a sailboat is a sort of marine life. But NO, WAIT, I see I am wrong, there is an even littler dog sailing that little boat and I have to admit, that is a life and therefore closer to marine life than a sailboat alone. And lo and behold I check, and find the item also listed under DOGS. At the very least. May be in other categories but I haven’t the stamina to check them. But bravo, say I, to the animugs people. No one can say you’re not TRYING!
And yeah, the mugs are cute as hell.
I’ll have what your having!!
I need to quit speed reading. That totally looked like “bear cleavage” to me.
They’re cute, but I’m kind of leery of startling folks holding hot beverages. Probably why she didn’t include the facehugger or Chthulu models.
I saw a line of these once that also included insect figures. And I thought, jeez, gah! I don’t want to find a fly or a spider or a maggot at the bottom of my mug!
and I’m an entomologist!
So the target market was, I suspect, nine year old kids, who delight in such gross outs!
Then, you should appreciate the previous xkcd comic even more than I did: http://xkcd.com/1012/
Those kids also probably delight in your company, bug man. :)
Kids delight. Adults often run screaming. You learn to self censor. At a crowded table on New Year’s I had to answer to “Pip, you’ve been very quiet tonight. What’s up with you, what are you interested in these days?”.
And I took a moment, then replied:
“I’m an entomologist Paul. I find if I get going about the stuff that really excites me, then at parties like this, folks squeeze themselves back against the wall and sidle away from me.”
Then some damn fool brought up Candiru, only they didn’t know the name or the actual details and like an IDIOT, I had to clarify. I clarified all over the place. So much for my showing common sense. You can imagine…
I -can- imagine, and with great delight!
Odd you should say that.
I was looking for the right place to comment that my 9 year old self had a ceramic mug with a green frog on the bottom. :)
I found one once in a Charity shop with a penis in the bottom of it.
Still kicking myself for not buying it.
I’ve seen loads of those in lots of different mediterranean holiday resort tourist tat shops.
I want to throw them little life preservers.
I do believe that was one of their earlier lines:
Neat! I wish there was one with Rambo’s head.
or the hand rising from the river in Deliverance
When I was a little kid, I had one that had a little, ceramic, green frog at the bottom looking up at me. I loved that cup.
I haven’t thought of that cup since I was a kid until now. ^_^
Me too! I believe it said “HELLO THERE” on the inside.
Ha! It did, didn’t it?! I can’t remember for sure, but that really sounds familiar. We had the same cup!
These are lovely, but when I read the description I imagined something that would be stuck to the bottom with something that dissolves slowly (some type of chocolate, perhaps?) and then floats to the top. Could be done, I guess, but chocolate flavoured tea might be pretty disgusting…
choking hazards are fun!
Well, that’s Valentine’s Day taken care of. Cheers, Cory!
I used to have one of these, it had a cow. The only problem was that it would trap coffee beneath it, so you’d pour water into it and it’d look like the cow was shitting into the water.
Having found mouse poop in my coffee once, I can definitely say DO NOT WANT.
i scanned that as moose, and wondered mightily
Found an epic “Jaws” style mug, If I’m having something looming out of my tea, its gunna be a god damn shark! http://makefun.cn/jaws-mug-shark-attack-mug/
Something that I wish we had in 1980s Yugoslavia :)
Had one of these with a frog once. The cool part was there was a built in air pocket. It was positioned so that when you lifted the cup to a high enough angle for the head to just be visible, the air bubble would release with a little *gloonk! and a splash.
There are some portuguese traditional mugs that employ the same trick with some more …erm… more awkward choices.
not safe for work example:
Or just google for canecas das caldas ( Caldas mugs)
English article with no pics:
My favorite alternative was the one with the eyeball in the bottom. Here’s looking at you, kid!
Archie McPhee sells “shark” and “octopus” versions, that was the first time I had seen this kind of thing.
You could also spend your money a little closer to home:
I just wish that they’d restock the Octopus, I’ve been wanting to give that to the wife for a minute now…
What a great way to remember to put the milk in first, then the tea….and no sugar, or the spoon twirlings will chip away at your surprise.
Do they make left-handed versions?
Cute but must be a p.i.t.a. to clean inside
You might even say they’re a “bear” to clean.
The sculptor Jim Rumph made a set of King Kong mugs with a terrified Ann Darrow cowering in the bottom.
Pictures here: http://sorcerersworkshop.org/kongtankard.shtml
I had one with a frog in the bottom when I was a kid. Loved it. Only problem was that it severely decreased the volume left for the beverage. (Sorry if someone else already made that point but I’m too tired to read all the comments today.)
In Portugal there is a type of typical pottery from the city of Caldas da Rainha in which mugs ans sometimes bowls have a surprise in the bottom, much like these animals. But, in this case, the surprise is an erect phallus – the trademark of Caldas’ pottery.
I want to believe that the little hole in the head leads to a reservoir that you can fill with cream before you put coffee in the cup.
Like fabric softener?
There was a restaurant in, of all places, Calabogie, Ontario, called The Duck that did similar mugs, but they were bulbous and earthenware with little ducks inside them in various poses. In the one I had, I think the little guy was supposed to be playing tennis . . .
In the 80’s I gave my Dad a Work Is Hell coffee mug
when you finish your coffee, printed on the bottom, Binky the rabbit says ‘get back to work’
He still has it…
I’m sure I’ve seen antique naked-lady versions of these. Only from memory, they were rather peculiar soup-bowls.
nice, but how do you stir?
That’s what I’m sayin’.
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