Trivial fast facts

  • Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.
    The first is water. Tea is said to have been accidentally discovered in 2372 BC by a Chinese emperor, when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot containing boiling water.

    However, despite this tale, the earliest recorded references to tea date back to around 1000 BC.

    The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by a US tea importer Thomas Sullivan. Sullivan used small silk bags to send product samples to clients.

    However, rather than pouring the tea from the sachets into pots, the clients left the tea in the sachets for steeping.

    Sullivan’s business boomed and tea soon became popular around the world.

  • Cracking your knuckles does not necessarily lead to arthritis.br> Dr Donald Unger of California has cracked just his left hand knuckles over 36,000 times for the past 50 years, but neither his left or right hand have developed arthritis.

  • America’s fastest ‘texter’ collected double the prize money of a US gold medallist.
    In August 2012, before a crowd at New York’s Times Square, 17-year old Austin Wierschke took home $50,000 in prize money for the second time in two years when he bested 10 other mobile messengers in tests of thumb speed, memory and fluency in texting shorthand.
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