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An American in the U.K.

As an American traveler, you often take a beating. We are one of those countries that lotsa people love to hate. To an extent, I get it. We are loud, spoiled, and often have a weaker grasp on geography and foreign language than many Europeans. BUT we are also generous, optimistic, and overtly (obnoxiously) friendly. And let’s not forget that “making the world safe for democracy” was not always a laughable political slogan. The Leader of the Free World can’t always be right, but despite our glaring imperfections, the good ol’ U.S. of A. has her moments of glory.

Today’s case in point: the teabag. Tea, the pride and joy of the U.K., was first bagged up across the pond.

from the right proper website of Edinburgh’s Eteaket Tea Room:

“Unsurprisingly, it is the Americans we have to thank for inventing the tea bag – they do love labour saving devices. This invention actually came about by mistake in 1908 when a tea merchant called Thomas Sullivan started sending tea samples to customers in small silken bags. Some customers put the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying the contents as Mr Sullivan had intended. The tea bag was born.”

American ingenuity meets British sophistication and we all get a nice cuppa Chinese Oolong. Hooray for international cooperation.