The invention of the tea bag is typically attributed to Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea importer, who, as the story goes, decided in 1908 that he could save money by sending out samples of his tea to prospective customers in silk bags instead of the then-customary tin canisters. His intention was to have customers remove the tea leaves from the bags and use them to make tea in the traditional manner. However, to Mr. Sullivan’s surprise, the customers did not remove the tea from the bags, but instead plopped the bags with the tea still inside into boiling water, thereby completing the invention of the tea bag.
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