(and by they I mean the history people of www.wtea.com and www.2basnob.com, amongst others) that tea was discovered by the Chinese Emperor, Shan Nong, in 2737 B.C. Legend has it that this Emperor liked to set the example for his people, so he only drank boiled water. (Probably a very good idea back in the day.) One night while boiling water, some tea leaves blew into the pot and created an alluring aroma. Shan Nong tried it the new drink and found it refreshing and energizing. He commanded that tea bushes were to planted in the palace gardens, and the custom of brewing fresh tea leaves in hot water began.
So according to legend, tea was discovered by happenstance. I like that so many of the very cool things of today were discovered in the same way. Medicine, cold cereal, even gravity all found by happen stance. I love the quirkiness of life although it doesn't always bring the good. Whether the legend of Shan Nong's tea is true or not, it's still cool.
Tea fact from www.thecoloroftea.com: There are four main types of tea which are, white, green, oolong, and black, all which are born from the same species of plant.
My tea fact: Twinning's coconut tea is my favorite tea to date. I'll let you know if that changes.