Ever wonder why your Ikea mug looks like it got cracked on the way home?

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Ikea, the place where most of us would much faster agree to be clubbed in the head repeatedly by a blind monkey; learning to play baseball, than to have to return to the store to exchange a broken item.

You see, much like casinos, supermarkets, and awkward lines in the back of an airplane; waiting for the bathroom, while there may be clearly marked exit signs all over, don’t get too excited, Jack. This maze is a bit trickier than you’ve been lead to believe.

And although there are quite a number of reasons as to why I loathe the whole Ikea experience, even I must admit: This here is pretty nifty.

See that little notch there?

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The picture above was posted online with quite a bit of fanfare. Turns out, I’m not the only consumer that got home, unloaded the car and thought “Awww MAN, MY CUP BROKE!”.

Here are just a few speculations from random online users (who may or not be internet spam robots). They believe the little groove is meant to be:
– A device intended to help avoid suction on a table-top full of water.
– A cigarette holder. Or a stand for a very little telescope.
– Or– and this one appears to make the most sense– the notch at the bottom of IKEA’s classic coffee cup model is there so that water will not pool while in the dishwasher.

What a practical solution! IKEA really does get everything covered!
Now if only they’d provide complimentary Valerian-root with every return visit…

by Moshe k

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