44. Dye fabrics: Green and black teas have long been used in dyes for fabric and paper, particularly for generating a beige faux-antique look.
45. Paint with tea: Some artists use strong black tea to paint backgrounds or accents on black-and-white sketches.
46. Strengthen puppy pads: A footbath with strong black tea is rumored to help strengthen the pads of dog feet.
47. Repel mosquitoes: Burning tea leaves is said to repel mosquitoes with none of the side effects of chemical bug sprays.
48. Tell the future: “Reading the tea leaves” is more than a political expression. Telling fortunes in the pattern of tea leaves in an empty teacup is an ancient art that is still occasionally practiced. Here is a guide to reading tea leaves, with a list of common symbols and their meanings.
49. Self-analyze: Finally, leave it to the BBC to provide a handy guide to predicting personalities through a person’s used tea bag. I have to admit I am a “teabag left in mug” type.