The Mug's Origin
The mug, dating back to Neolithic Stone Age, was initially made of bones. Early mugs were found in China and Japan, with designs ranging from animal shapes to stoneware with rudimentary handles.
Mugs Vs. Cups
Contrary to popular belief, mugs and cups are not interchangeable. Mugs are more robust, usually cylindrical, have thicker walls, and come with a single handle. Cups are typically used for serving tea and may come with a saucer.
World's Largest Mug
The world record for the largest coffee mug is held by a mug created in South Korea in 2014. It stands at over 3.5 meters tall and can hold about 14,000 liters of coffee.
Mugs in Space
Did you know there's a specially designed 'Space Mug'? Scientists developed a mug that allows astronauts to sip liquids in microgravity, using surface tension to replace the role of gravity in drinking.
Thermal Mug Evolution
Thermal mugs, introduced in the 20th century, use double-wall insulation technology to keep beverages hot or cold. Some use vacuum insulation, providing temperature retention for hours without an external power source.
Mug Collecting Phenomenon
Mug collecting is a popular hobby worldwide. Limited edition mugs from certain brands or locations become collector's items, with some enthusiasts traveling extensively to add to their collection.
With sustainability in mind, the demand for eco-friendly mugs made from bamboo fiber, rice husk, or biodegradable plastics has surged. These mugs aim to reduce single-use plastic waste and carbon footprint.