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Prize-winning British specification: The proper way to make a cup of tea

The 1999 Ig Nobel Literature Prize was awarded to The British Standards Institution, for its six-page specification (BS-6008) of the proper way to make a cup of tea.

BS-6008 is now, in the year 2020, available for sale at a price of £110.00 per copy from the British Standards Institution, which now calls itself BSI.

Cross About Tea

There seems to be disagreement, newly flaring, as to the proper British way to make a cup of tea. The Guardian reports on this, with the headline:

US woman sparks transatlantic tea war with brutal online brew
Michelle from North Carolina shared her recipe for ‘British tea’. An international incident followed

Michelle from North Carolina made this video, which was the butterfly that caused the potted tea tempest:

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