You know the old-timey pseudoscience of phrenology, which claimed that the lumps and bumps on a person's skull could predict his personality? While that 19th century practice is obviously claptrap, balderdash, and hooey, I've got my own working theory of armchair psychology that involves something we can all rally behind: coffee. You see, I'm convinced that you can tell a lot about someone by looking in their cupboards at their mug collection.
Hear me out. In my case, I think of myself as creative but I'm at my best when I'm working within a preestablished structure. Hence, my mugs are a mix of quirky shapes and designs, but they're all the exact same shade of off-white. My mom, on the other hand, is a research scientist who is driven by the thrill of discovery, and her cabinets are overflowing with one-of-a-kind cups that she brings home from her travels. They span the spectrum from small delicate to sturdy and oversized—and each has its own unique personality and a story to go with it.
Obviously I posit my "findings" with the same seriousness that I'd take a Cosmo magazine quiz, but it's fun to think about, huh? Is your collection a hodgepodge of garage sale finds, an outlet for your eclectic sensibility? Or is it ordered, uniform, a calming contribution to your morning routine? Do you fancy a bistro-inspired espresso cup for a daily mini escape to Europe, or are you staunchly all-American with a utilitarian tin camping mug? Do you want your mug to inspire you with a quote or amuse you with a crazy cat lady joke? Tell me please! I want to know if my theory holds water...errr, coffee!
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