The Smart Reason IKEA Mugs Come With a Chip on the Bottom

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621060/reason-why-ikea-mugs-have-chipped-bottoms

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

IKEA might be best known for its array of ready-to-assemble furniture like beds, bookshelves, and desks, as well as the wafting scent of Swedish meatballs. But the popular household goods franchise also sells a steady number of coffee mugs. Most are unremarkable, including the spectacularly named VARDAGEN, and therefore never go out of style. But the VARDAGEN does have one odd feature. The 3.25-inch off-white stoneware mug comes with a chip on the bottom. Why? According to Reader’s Digest, the chip has an official IKEA term: It’s called a drainage gate, and it has a very specific purpose.