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Here’s a depressing fact: Tea is the most popular beverage in the world besides water. Believe it or not, millions of people actually choose to swill a foul-smelling, worse-tasting, murky brown liquid made from fermented leaves. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll have a Coke. In “The History of Tea,” learn from tea expert Diana Smith how the Chinese invented it; the Japanese made art of it; the British built an empire on it; and the South saved it with sugar and ice. At 2 p.m. at the National Cathedral’s Herb Cottage, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Aves. NW. FREE. (202) 537-8982. (David Plotz)