I instant-messaged Joe and he typed the following back, verrrry slowly, "hurt hand, typing with one hand."
So, we conferenced Joe into our phone call and asked him what happened to his hand.
"Well, I was microwaving a mug of tea, and when I reached in to get the mug, it was incredibly hot. I burned the crap out of my hand," he answered.
I was floored. It was one of those moments where you suddenly realize that you are not alone in the world.
"Oh my god!" I sputtered, "I thought our mugs were the only ones that did that. We used to have a bunch of free mugs from various employers and other freebie giveaways, and one day my wife trashed them all and replaced them with ones she bought from Target, and those Target mugs got SUPERHEATED in the microwave."
"Exactly! They'd get hotter than the water!" Joe agreed
"Hey, our new mugs do the same thing," added Ralph, "It's impossible to get the water hot enough in these things."
"Right. You get tepid water in an unbelievably hot mug. I complained about these mugs to my wife CONSTANTLY. The old mugs worked so well! I still can't believe she replaced them" I said.
"Why did she get rid of the old mugs?" Joe asked.
"Oh, man, that is a great question. One day she just decided they weren't nice enough." I answered, shaking my head in disbelief.
"Not nice enough?" Joe asked, laughing. "They were too 'student' for her? What's next, man? Is she going to make you get rid of your futon?"
"And then my brick and board bookcases! Aaaaaaaah!" I screamed.
We eventually moved on to topics that we actually get paid to discuss, but I'm still stunned by the fact that these unmicrowaveable mugs are apparently commonplace. I mean, I understand that manufacturing is dictated by economic forces, and that my mugs are probably being made by small Chinese children who get fed undersized lead pellets for lunch, but it seems like all mugs should be able to pass some basic tests:
- They should have handles - CHECK!
- They should hold liquid without leaking - CHECK!
- They should be able to undergo a full minute of microwaving without going nuclear - FAILED!
A pox on crappy mug manufacturers, Target, and all other crappy mug resellers. Pox!