Friday, December 16, 2011

Hey, Who Are You Calling "Short and Stout?"

I'll be straight with you, I don't really have a good reason for today's blog post except that I really love the necklace that it relates to, so I am totally writing this post out of pure self-promotion....which isn't really different from most of my blog posts, but I usually try to disguise it a little better.

So, without further ado, bring on the shameless pandering:

Teapots!

  • The earliest teapots are thought to have originated in China; which makes sense. Also, early teapots were small because they were designed for a single drinker; the person would drink the tea directly from the spout. I dare you to try that the next time you go out to a Chinese restaurant.
  • In Europe, in the early days, tea-drinking was an activity reserved for the upper class because tea was crazy expensive. Also, porcelain tea pots were the Bentleys of tea pots. See, they couldn't, or rather, didn't know how to make porcelain at the time in Europe, so it had to be imported from China. 
  • An average of 4,000 people are injured by teapots every year. I was going to make fun of this statistic, but then I was reminded that I recently injured my left hand while trying to get brownies out of a pan.....
  • The Teapot Song (aka I'm a Little Teapot) was written by Clarence Kelley and George Sanders. Kelley ran a dance school for children and he wanted an easier way to teach children the Waltz Clog. Thus, The Teapot Song was written as an accompaniment and teaching tool. The song was published in 1939 and took off from there.
  • The Teapot Dome Scandal was a bribery incident that took place between 1922-1923. The scandal involved the leasing of petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome and the accepting of bribes from big oil companies...I drink your milkshake! Up until Watergate, The Teapot Dome Scandal was the biggest scandal in American politics.
So, do you fancy a spot of tea now? Or, do you fancy a necklace? Well, here you go:

And hey, guess what? There's still time to get this as a gift! Through Monday, 12/19, I will spring for free priority shipping so that it can get to your door by 12/25. And, you can get 15% off if you use coupon code HOLIDAY15 (good through 1/1/12). So, what are you waiting for?

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