The great wide world of tea is not a particularly strange one, as these things go, but there are enough offbeat tidbits of news and quirky gadgets to merit a brief piece of this sort now and again. It’s been a while since the last one so hang onto your hats. Here we go.
I thought I’d written about panda droppings in an article here previously, but after searching the site that doesn’t appear to be the case. In any event, it’s an interesting enough tidbit that it would bear repeating even so. It appears that an enterprising Chinese businessman hopes to clean up by marketing tea that’s been fertilized with panda poop. Which is said to be highly nutritious, due to the fact that pandas have poor digestion. Who knew? Whether or not it’s the key to untold riches remains to be seen, but judging from the flurry of news reports, panda poop is an irresistible topic for the news media. Here’s one of the many articles on this topic (see more listed below).
If the headline E-Tongue That Can Taste Tea doesn’t creep you out at least a little tiny bit, then you’re obviously made of stronger stuff than I. It’s from the Indian press and the article concerns a group of researchers there who are working to devise “India’s first electronic tongue designed to evaluate the quality of tea.” As one of the researchers was careful to note, “this is not a replacement for professional tasters – not yet. We see it as a technological aid, something to assist human tasters.”
If you have no qualms whatsoever about a mechanical gadget that takes all of the work out of stirring your scalding hot beverages then be sure to make haste to a Self Stirring Mug. Until my asbestos body suit comes back from the cleaners I think I’m probably going to pass.
How many tea bags can you hold in one hand? Unless you can manage 89 then don’t even bother trying for the world record. If you didn’t even know that there was a record for that sort of thing then join the club. As of this writing, according to the Record Setter Web site, Emily Miethner currently holds the record for Most Tea Bags Held In One Hand, with 88.
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