McDonald's New Christmas Cup Definitely Looks Like Something It Isn't Supposed To

Mark Pygas - Author

Dec. 3 2019, Updated 11:13 p.m. ET

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While the internet has been divided over Starbuck's new 'unity cup' that some have described as "political brainwashing," McDonald's took the opportunity to release something that should unify us all in disgust.

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Those who stopped to get a coffee at the restaurant over the weekend noticed something off about the image on the cup, which to us looks like two people toasting coffee cups, but others are convinced it's a picture of mittens.

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Once you see it, it cannot be unseen...

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People seem pretty certain that it's supposed to be a pair of mittens. 

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While others can no longer see anything else...

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What makes matters worse is that people have actually been poking holes in the middle of the drawing (and wasting perfectly good coffee) for comedic effect. We hope you catch our drift. 

The first Starbucks holiday cup appeared in stores in 1997. Designer Sandy Nelson recently revealed that creating the inaugural design was one of her first assignments at Starbucks.

"It was August, and I had just started with the company," Nelson remembered. "We were working on holiday creative for the season to come. We had what felt like a hundred cup designs pinned up on the wall. Then Howard [Schultz, who was Starbucks' CEO at the time] came by, looked at all of them, and picked my design. I couldn’t believe mine was chosen."

However, the first cup wasn't red, but magenta, and came in three more colors: sapphire, emerald, and amethyst. It featured swirls and hand-drawn holly leaves that were sprinkled with coffee beans.

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