Tea or cha?

According to this article from Quartz, the world is divided into tea cultures and cha cultures, with very few exceptions (in Burmese, tea leaves are called lakphak), depending on whether tea was brought by land or by sea. This represents two different eras of globalization, says the article.

“Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea”


One reason to visit Aichi this summer

Jerry's Map

You’ll be able to see this amazing “map” at the Aichi Triennale Exhibition in Nagoya from August 11. It’s like Picasso meets Sim City.

I love his daily task method: each day he picks a card and that’s what he’ll work on that day. It’s fascinating to hear him talk about working on this labor of love, a task that he admits will probably never be finished.

More info:

Jerry’s Map (biography)

More about Jerry’s Map

Speaking of bent trees…

And speaking of bent trees (yesterday’s post), here’s something interesting about the Native American tradition of bending trees to mark trails. They observed how young trees were bent by nature (because of wind, ice, fallen trees) and did the same thing in order to use the bent trees as navigation markers.

“Did Native American Bend These Trees to Mark Trails?” (from Atlas Obscura)

“The casual observer views them merely as deformed freaks; but careful observation and comparison of the nature of the deformities indicate that these trees did not acquire their strange shapes simply by accident.”

This story is interesting to me because of all the skeptics who still doubt that such shapes could be human-made, despite plenty of evidence that they are. Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of climate change deniers, doesn’t it?