Tea and Pornography Don’t Mix in South Dakota

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sdtea.jpgOccasionally I Google news stories that have to do with tea, because, well, I suppose I'm a bit off. Anyway, one story popped up with a title that caught my eye:
Tea residents want to shut down adult-novelty store

What the hell, I asked myself, was a "tea resident"? Well, it turns out "tea" was actually Tea, and it wasn't referring to my favorite beverage, but rather the village of Tea, South Dakota. Apparently an "adult novelty" store opened on the outskirts of Tea, and the town elders decided that simply wouldn't do. (Ironically, the paper which ran the story, the Argus Leader out of Sioux Falls, ran a big color ad for "Annabelle's Adult Super Center" right next to the article...)

Anyway, it wasn't much of a story, but it did introduce me to the wonderfully quaint idea that there was actually a town out in the middle of nowhere (apologies to South Dakotans, but it's true and you know it) named after my drink of choice. Of course I had to find out more.

It so happened that at around the turn of the century, a village called Byron, which straddled a new railroad line between Yankton and Sioux Falls, sent in an application for a post office. Lo and behold, the name "Byron" was already taken by several other neighboring communities. The postal authorities told the villagers to come up with ten alternate names to submit with the application:
At a meeting around the pot-bellied stove in Heerens and Peter's General Store, townspeople came up with nine names and could not think of the 10th. Since this was a German based community, the tradition of afternoon tea was a necessity. When someone suggested that they break for tea, the idea to put Tea on the list was agreed upon. The postal authorities advised the town that the name "Tea" had been selected. The town of Tea was plotted in 1900 and incorporated in 1906. (From https://www.teasd.com/)

Awww.... that's really just too adorable.

The next time I'm in South Dakota I really will have to stop there for a drink.

And directions on how to get the hell out of South Dakota.
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One Response to “Tea and Pornography Don’t Mix in South Dakota”

  1. Geoff Says:

    This reminds me.

    When doing an image search on Google…don’t look up the word “teabag”…

    Ever.

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