My older brother and I had a bad habit as kids when we attended mass with our dad to try and crack each other up during the service. My dad, a very strict Catholic who went to Catholic school from kindergarten until he graduated high school, never missed a weekend service. He also always made us sit in the second pew to the front of the church. Every single weekend. Songs sung in Latin, homilies, and lots of rituals of sitting, standing, kneeling and repeated memorized sentences could get a little boring as we started hitting the preteen age. However, sitting front and center and trying to be respectful of my father made our little games to make each other giggle quietly under our breath became an art form in itself. My FAVORITE time I ever made my brother silently laugh so hard he turned red and was trying not to cry from holding in his giggles was the day I made animal shadow puppets on the pew in front of us as we were kneeling. The pew had a red cushion and the shadow hit just right so the animals I was making were very pronounced. I was making a dog bark and pretend to howl, I was making birds fly, and I even made an elephant shadow sing along to a hymn. My brother may have died of laughter if my dad hadn’t taken notice and with one bad glare, my shadow puppet game ceased. Still, I think that probably was what made me interested in learning to do even more shadow puppets and realized how much I LOVED making people laugh through art.
I’ve been teaching my girls how to make shadow puppets since they were little, so when I saw this awesome transforming shadow puppet mug from this hilarious company called The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, I knew I wanted it. Making shadow puppets are fun and this mug goes from showing the shadow puppet animals when the mug is cold, and then turns into how to create the puppets with your hands when you add a hot beverage (AKA my much needed coffee!) It’s brilliant because it is practical, I have learned some new shadow puppets to teach my kids, and this mug just makes me laugh. It’s a durable 12 oz mug, but it’s much more than that. It’s a great way to pass the time and even make your audience laugh. Just don’t try this at mass, kids. Or if you do, don’t get caught! Have fun!
Forgot how to use a mug? Watch this highly instructive video!
About The Unemployed Philosophers Guild: The Unemployed Philosophers Guild are funny, smart people, making funny, smart things for funny, smart people. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people’s needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff. Read more about them and what they are here. Most of the proceeds go to unemployed philosophers (and their associates). A portion also goes to some groups working on profound causes.
List Price: $13.95