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The thermally activated philosophy mug

June 8th, 2010 · 53 Comments · Potpourri, Stories

The cute text on the coffee mug was designed to change from “Half-full” to “Half-empty” when the coffee fell below the median line in the ceramic (or when the coffee cooled to an undrinkable temperature). Unfortunately, the misanthropic manufacturing manager did not see eye to eye with the designer from marketing. He reversed the order of things. The marketing hotshot resigned, feeling the spirit of his message had been tarnished by pointless nihilism. The product was a huge success. The company made a fortune in revenue from his idea thanks to their intellectual property agreement, and the manufacturing manager lost his job when the board moved production to an off-shore contract facility.

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