On August 25th, 2017, Tumblr user @fancybroom posted the following photo they took in a craft shop with the caption:

Me: I’m not going to turn into a hand made clay jug tonight !

Me after 7 tequila shots:

This was just the beginning.

On July 9th, 2023, the following gif (in non-looping form) was sent in a tumblr ask:

This model and animation of the Jug was made by Tumblr user @mocktor in Maya and was thus circulated around the internet. Please let me know if there is an earlier appearance of this gif.

Later, on December 9th, 2023, mocktor ported the model over to blender and animated this gif, posting it on their tumblr.

In the following days more Smug Jug variants were posted, bringing forth a veritable collection.

On December 14th, 2023, mockor posted the basic spinning gif in response to someone asking where the jug came from, they themself wondering where it came from. On the same day, @fancybroom noticed it reblogged on @my-hobby-is-finding-the-source, and reblogged with a comment about how they found the jug.

This is the story of the Smug Jug thus far.

All animated jug images sourced from @moctor.