My Favourite Mug (Challenge)

@owlwings (39880)
Cambridge, England
November 18, 2016 8:14am CST
The question was simple enough: “What is your favourite mug?” I'm not sure who issued this challenge - it may have been @marlina or it may have been @amadeo, anyway, it set me a-thinking. It’s always a good idea, of course, to ‘mug up’ on a subject before writing about it so I thought I would look the word up to see what we use such a simple word for in English. Mugging is a thing of violence, usually, so one couldn’t really have a ‘favourite’ though I can imagine a scenario where a couple of bullies snatch an old lady’s bag … only to stuff it with banknotes and give it back to her. A good idea for a short story, there. Any takers? Another meaning for 'Mug' is ‘a stupid or gullible person’. Do you take me for a mug? The question can’t be asking “Who is your favourite stupid person?” Though I do have a soft spot for some wise fools, I don’t have a lot of time for stupidity. If I were asked to name my favourite face, I would really be hard put to decide what *mug shot* to show you! I think, however, that it might be a picture of a very wizened old man or woman smiling broadly. That, I believe, is a picture of true happiness. Ah, I hear you say … “It’s a DRINKING VESSEL, they mean … stoopid! Why go all around Will’s mother’s instead of giving a straight answer?” [owlish grin] Well, yes, I DO have three favourite mugs. You can see them in the picture (I hope). ? The one on the left is a rather elegant bone china mug with a picture of a barn owl. That is the one I prefer to drink tea from. ? The blue one in the middle has a rather cute cartoon owl. It is a wide, chunky mug which is excellent for soup. ? The one on the right is a hand-made earthenware mug with a rather severe and scary owl on it, just right for filling with black coffee and waking me up in the morning! (And just in case you were thinking of asking that critical question ... they are all - like my life - at some point "Half FOOL")
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@marlina (79706)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
Here is my post where I started the discussion about the mugs.
The photo included here with this post is of one of my favorite mugs. I have a lot of mugs and this one reminds me of Spring which I am already thinking of...
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
18 Nov 16
Thank you, Marlina. I wasn't sure whether that was the 'original' post or not because it wasn't tagged 'Challenge'. My post was originally published on Bubblews but I thought it would be worth reposting it!
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@marlina (79706)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
@owlwings Did you change any words from the Bubblews post?
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@pgntwo (22757)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
18 Nov 16
@owlwings I don't remember that in on the fizzy site... Good post :)
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@succeednow (1638)
• Singapore
18 Nov 16
@owlwings After reading this I couldn't help asking this question. Can you please explain what you mean by wise fools? From what I understand a fool is a stupid person. How can a stupid person be wise?
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@marlina (79706)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
Yes, can't wait to read the answer to this question.
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@vandana7 (68638)
• India
18 Nov 16
It is pretty much like knowing what will happen when the milk is placed on high flame on gas, and telling somebody decrease the flame...knowing fully well that this person is not going to do it ..and being foolish enough to believe today is another day and this person might just surprise us and giving chance to the person to do so..phew...that to me sounded pretty much like wise fool.
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
18 Nov 16
@marlina & @vandana7 Today, the word "fool" usually means someone who is stupid but in earlier times it meant, rather, someone who was simple-minded or who behaved in a simple-minded fashion. There were people who made a good living from this who were called Jesters and were often attached to the King's Court. These days, we'd probably call them Court Comedians and their duty was, of course, to entertain the King and the courtiers. They were often very wise and perceptive people and were able, by making the King laugh, to influence his decisions much more than his official advisers. Shakespeare frequently uses a Fool or a Clown to deliver his wisest and most telling messages. Today, we have people who "fool about" and it is often the comedians who make the most telling and wise comments on contemporary affairs.
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@vandana7 (68638)
• India
18 Nov 16
Nice and informative post Owl..thanks...and I liked the one in the center. The one on left is nice but ordinary, the one on right is, as you mentioned scary...the center one is pleasant...does it say anything about my nature ...which one you like defines your nature..kind? lol. Kidding. All three are nice but selecting one of the three is easy here.
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@marlina (79706)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
I am lik e @vandana7 here, I prefer the mug in the middle for the color, the design and the shape.
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@LadyDuck (183022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
All your mugs are beautiful. I have several mugs that I like, it depends what I intend to drink. The one I posted in reply to marlina is a small coffee mug. I post the same photo here for you.
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
18 Nov 16
That's a very elegant mug!
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@LadyDuck (183022)
• Switzerland
19 Nov 16
@owlwings It is too small for an American drip coffee and too big for an Italian espresso, but perfect for a Moka coffee.
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
19 Nov 16
@LadyDuck It looks to be just the size I like my espresso! I always order a doppio ... and, here, they nearly always serve espresso in a standard size coffee cup which they don't bother to warm, so it is invariably cold and little more than a smear on the bottom of the cup when I get it!
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@Inlemay (17140)
• South Africa
22 Nov 16
Those are a Hoot of mugs - love them and love your new MARMITE avatar
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
22 Nov 16
Marmite are doing a promotion whereby you can order a personalised jar of Marmite with whatever name (or text) on it you want in the proper script. It's an onlike site and you can see the effect onscreen. Being a bit of a cheapskate, I just did a screendump of the finished result! The collective name for a group of owls is a parliament. I'm not sure what a group of mugs would be ... perhaps 'a crockery of mugs' or (if they were on a neat row of hooks) 'a hang of mugs'. That would make my collection a hung parliament, of course!
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@Inlemay (17140)
• South Africa
24 Nov 16
@owlwings I was going to say a Parliament of owls, but then I decided to give them a Hoot gathering as they looked rather hooty. Maybe some of our Parliaments are Hooty as well as HUNG! I love the idea that marmite are doing there.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 16
I totally love the owls!!!!!
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@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
21 Nov 16
I have a number of other owl mugs (and lots of different owl models) but these are my favourites!
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 16
@owlwings I lost most of my owl stuff in the great move last month but I do have an owl necklace on my wall
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@SophieY (902)
• South Africa
29 Nov 16
some nice mugs there
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@SIMPLYD (84937)
• Philippines
24 Nov 16
They all have the image of owl as your username denotes too of an owl. They are all cute . The white one is the size of my mug ,. But when i prepare coffee it will just be 3/4 of it .
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@youless (94356)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Nov 16
Haha, it is your turn to join this challenge I did see many different mugs all over the world. Your mugs are so special and they really suit you. I can see how much you like the owls
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• China
19 Nov 16
I am glad to learn so much from your post,the word mug has so many extended meanings.As for the mug in itself , I am very particular about my teacup,which has to be blue and white porcelain with the picture on it to my taste,like you love the owl.
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@shivamani10 (11185)
• Hyderabad, India
19 Nov 16
nice post. I liked the one in the Center.
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@valmnz (12862)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 16
Loved this post! And love your owl mugs. I'm partial to cat mugs myself.
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@celticeagle (120516)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Nov 16
Great cups! I do so like the owl. I have a collection of frogs.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov 16
Entertaining read thanks. I think you can get just about anything on mugs these days but I like the owls.
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@Corbin5 (119782)
• United States
18 Nov 16
I have no favorite mug. I need to get myself a favorite mug. You have 3 mighty fine mugs!!!
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@pgntwo (22757)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
18 Nov 16
Google - Round Nescafe Red Mug
Despite your mugging-up on this topic you did not take us all for mugs, nor did you jump out and mug any of us. My favourite was a classic, red outside and white inside cylindrical Nescafé mug, alas departed this world some months hence. Its stand in, whilst not as striking as the original, is similarly sized and coloured, only lacking the brand name on the side. Here's the mug-shot that most closely resembles, up above.
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@1creekgirl (12588)
• United States
18 Nov 16
Love your owl mugs. Interesting post also! This is a mug I designed.
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@amadeo (76063)
• United States
18 Nov 16
Nice group of mugs there.
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@hora_fugit (5432)
• India
20 Nov 16
It was on B....
@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
20 Nov 16
I already said that.
• India
21 Nov 16
@owlwings Only because I had been away! Else, I would have been the first one to say this.... As I might have commented there, I love your Owl collection. But nothing measures up to you. :)
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