The people of East Frisia in Germany drink more tea than anyone else in the world, at 300L per person annually. dw.com/en/its-tea-time-ho…
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service theguardian.com/world/201…
Since 1945, all British tanks are equipped with tea-making facilities history101.com/british-ta…
Today I learned of Guido Keller, a decorated Italian WWI aviator who joined a pirate gang and took over a city, brought full tea services aboard his flights, engaged in giant orgies with both sexes, was addicted to cocaine, explored the Amazon River, and enjoyed posing nude for photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Hakone Kowakien Yunessen hot springs spa in Hakone, Japan allows visitors to bathe in baths containing real green tea, red wine, and coffee. The spas are made from real ingredients known to rejuvenate the body and attract many visitors. lonelyplanet.com/articles…
All tea is made from the same species of plant: Camellia sinensis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
The tavern Merry and Pippin sang a jig about in the Lord of the Rings shares its name with the the one the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Japanese word for β€œbrown” is θŒΆθ‰² (cha-iro). The first character means β€œtea”, and the second one means β€œcolour”. Thus, literally translated, it means β€œtea colour”. japandict.com/%E8%8C%B6%E…
A device called a 'Teasmade' was popular in the 60s and 70s in the UK, an alarm clock which also made tea, ensuring it was ready upon waking up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Black tea and green tea come from the same plant. The only difference is black tea is fermented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
During the Second World War, it was found that British tank crews regularly left the safety of their tanks in order to make tea. Accordingly, post war British tanks have been fitted with internal tea-making facilities to enable tank crews to make tea in safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
In the late 19th century, men with facial hair commonly drank tea out of β€˜moustache cups’, designed to keep their whiskers dry. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, and the tea is produced in Turkey, in the Rize province en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Saloop was a hot drink once popular in England that was sold in place of tea or coffee which were comparatively expensive. Saloop fell out of vogue when people became embarrassed to be seen drinking it because of its reported use as a treatment for venereal disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
After the Boston Tea Party, many Americans switched to drinking coffee during the Revolutionary War because drinking tea had become unpatriotic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In June 1965, Angus Barbieri fasted for 382 days. He lived on tea, coffee, soda water and vitamins. He lost 276 pounds (125 kg) and set a record for the length of a fast sciencealert.com/fasting-…
A 47-year-old woman called Tammy Sexton, in Birmingham, Alabama was shot in the head by her husband with a .380-caliber handgun and not only did she survive, she managed to make herself a cup of tea and offered one to a police officer. al.com/pr/2009/06/gunshot…
Thomas Lipton, the tea merchant and yachtsman, promoted his Glasgow grocery with a giant cheese measuring 14 feet in circumference. Anticipating Willy Wonka, Lipton had gold coins placed within the massive dairy product for lucky customers to find. With no broken teeth if truly lucky. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
The Mazawattee Tea Company, one of the most important and most advertised tea firms in Britain during the late 19th century, used a small team of tame zebras to pull one of their vans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maz…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
In 1746, a Swedish king tried to prove coffee was unhealthy by having one man drink large amounts of coffee and his identical twin drink the same amount of tea everyday for the rest of their lives. Both twins outlived the doctors in charge of the experiment and the king himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The British switched from coffee to tea as a fungus started decimating coffee plants in Sri Lanka in 1869. slate.com/technology/2014…
Today I learned of the Tea-Horse-Road. During Imperial-era, the Chinese noticed that Tibetans prized tea so much, they would trade high-quality horses for tea-bricks. As they needed warhorses to fight nomads, the Chinese set up a government office to sell tea for Tibetan horses, creating the Tea-Horse Road. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The British Royal Society of Chemistry recommends adding tea to milk, and not the other way around, as adding milk to tea results in "significant denaturation" of the milk, adversely affecting flavor. academiaobscura.com/wp-co…
Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien formed a secret society with his friends that idolized tea-drinking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Today I learned of Alice Blunden, a woman who was so knocked out after having ingesting a large amount of poppy tea that a doctor pronounced her dead. She was quickly buried, but exhumed when people could hear her voice from the grave. She was so close to death, she was once again accidentally buried alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
The British Standards Institute produced a 5000+ word report on how to make a perfect cup of tea, including implements and equipment, ideal temperature and when to add milk. iso.org/standard/73224.ht…
Not only can you eat dandelions raw(or make a tea etc.), but that they are pretty nutritious and can even stimulate digestion / bile flow. bonappetit.com/story/eati…
Today I learned about the coveted tea ceremony at the Cuiyun Palace, a temple in the mountains in China. But to get there, hikers have to do the plank-walk, sometimes called "the most dangerous trail in the world." npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Bricks of compressed black tea (mǐ zhΕ«an chΓ‘) were used as currency in Tibet, Mongolia and Siberia in the 19th and early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In Japan there's a tea made to taste like the sweat of an anime girl vice.com/en_us/article/wn…
All major categories of tea, e.g. green, white, black, come from the same plant and that varieties such as Assam or Ceylon differ only because of the region in which they're grown (from which they take their name). teatulia.com/tea-101/tea-…
Tea is either a derivative of cha or chay in over 65 languages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ety…
From 1897 until 1996 the federal government had a board of tea testers whose job was to make sure that imported tea was good enough to be sold in the US. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
John Lennon invited Yoko Ono to visit when his wife was away on holiday. When she returned, Ono was wearing her bathrobe and drinking tea with Lennon, who simply said, "Oh, hi." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yok…
The word punch is a loanword from Sanskrit (paΓ±c), meaning β€œfive.” The drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices mobile-cuisine.com/did-yo…
In 1536, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew were cured of scurvy by drinking tea of pine needles and by eating bark given to them by the Iroquois after the crew suffered months of nutritional deprivation at sea. Pine needles have approximately 3 to 5 times more vitamin C than an orange wildedible.com/pine-needl…
In 2003, North Korea suggested several symbols which were included in international Unicode, later becoming emojis. They requested β˜• to mark tea houses on maps and ⚐ & βš‘ for military battles and victories. They also requested ⬆, ⬇, β¬… (but no right arrow), β˜”, ⚑, ⚠ and ⏏. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KPS…
Today I learned of TV Pickup in England which refers to a phenomenon that affects electricity generation and transmission networks. It happens a lot during "Tea Time" where folks start their electric kettles all at once. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
An American woman lost all her teeth due to fluoride poisoning from tea. She'd been having a pitcher of ice tea made with 100-150 bags every day for 17 years. cbsnews.com/news/womans-1…
Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler scheduled a meeting over tea in 1932. Hitler stood Churchill up, rescheduled, and stood him up again. theguardian.com/commentis…
Nearly the entire world uses one of 2 forms to say tea, basically derived from the Chinese words 'te' (ie Spanish & English) and 'cha' (ie Hindi & Russian), because of the way tea spread around the world from China. 'Cha' used in places where tea came by land and 'te' where imported over water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ety…
Irish people drink more tea than the British. And while India and China produce most of the world's tea, neither of them is in the top 10 tea drinking countries. worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Tea has a less jittery and more calming caffeine experience than coffee because the amino acid L-theanine and high antioxidants have a calming effect. adagiotea.co.uk/info/caff…
A 14-year-old visited a Chinese hospital with stomach pains after experiencing constipation for five days. Doctors believe that she drank so much bubble tea that about a hundred tapioca pearls built up in her body, causing a blockage today.com/health/bubble-t…
Green tea, black tea, oolong tea all come from the same plant. The only difference is the oxidization level of the leaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
In WWII British tanks, one man's job was to handle the radio, hull machine gun, and brewing tea whenever there was an opportunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The biggest tea drinkers in the world are the East Frisians in the north west of Germany, consuming on average 300 liters (~79 gallons) of tea per person per year. nytimes.com/2013/02/24/tr…
A Russian woman - angry at being denied French citizenship - once tried to attack the Mona Lisa by throwing a ceramic tea cup at it. Luckily it was ecased in bulletproof glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.