I always knew that drinking tea was a vital act. Everything seems better, brighter and easier with a cup of tea in your hands. A recent discovery I made (whilst drinking a cup of tea, of course) was that the discovery of silk and tea drinking are, according to legend, linked!
Chinese legend has it that Empress Hsi Ling Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti, the "Yellow Emperor", was the first person to discover silk as weavable fiber whilst sipping tea under a mulberry tree. A cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. She discovered the source of the cocoon - the Bombyx mori silkworm. The empress soon developed the cultivation of silkworms which included the invention of the reel and loom.
Silk slowly spread beyond the exclusive use by Chinese royalty and began to permeate Chinese culture and regions throughout Asia. Demand for the exotic fabric (considered to be more precious than gold at the time) eventually created the famous trade route the Silk Road which connected Eastern China to the Mediterranean Sea. The Chinese realized the value of the material they were producing and kept its secret safe from the world for over 30 centuries.
See! Good things come from drinking tea.