Ceci Est Une Pipe


To help people understand that this is a coffee cup, we have decided to decorate it with instructive pictures of coffee cups.

As my buddy Marcus Widengren commented, “Now they only have to add the words ‘This is not a coffee cup’ and take Magritte to the next level.”


  1. #1 Jane
    February 8, 2014

    The most supremely ridiculous coffee cups are the ones with “WARNING. HOT LIQUID” printed on them.

  2. #2 jane (the other one)
    February 8, 2014

    Yep. I should jolly well hope so.

  3. #3 Kevin
    February 9, 2014

    I see it as aspirational rather than redundant — the lowly paper wants to be a proper ceramic cup and saucer, the percolated swill inside wants to be espresso. Surely we see the same thing in other material cultures?

  4. #4 Martin R
    February 9, 2014

    Ah, I’m seeing the thing through the filter of mindless commoditisation. Or rather, through the eyeglasses of a tea drinker. d-;

  5. #5 Birger Johansson
    February 18, 2014

    That’s not a cup. THIS is a cup! (pulls out the bottomless cauldron of celtic myth, slams it over coffee drinker’s head)

  6. #6 Martin R
    February 18, 2014

    Reminds me of the D&D party who put their wounded buddy in a Bag of Holding to take him home, and it turned out to be a Bag of Devouring.

    I got this idea that if that happened, the DM should let the guy show up in some bizarre later context, alive but weirdly changed by his magical ordeal.

  7. #7 Birger Johansson
    February 19, 2014

    “weirdly changed by his magical ordeal”


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