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19 May 1996

American Tea

Beryl thinks there's an explanation of why Americans can't make a decent cup of tea. The tradition of terrible tea making began hundreds of years ago when uppity colonialists dumped tea in Boston Harbor. And to this day, most Americans still think the way to make tea is to dump a container of it, e.g., a tea bag, into water that's not even close to boiling.

For a modest fee, tourists can reŽnact the Boston Tea Party by throwing a box off an old ship into Boston Harbor. The box is on a rope so it can be easily retrieved and thrown overboard over and over again. Whether it's Paris or Boston, all successful revolutions eventually become tourist traps.

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