If you've ever been to a tiki bar or gone on a beach vacation, you're probably very familiar with the tiny paper umbrellas that are stuck in tropical cocktails. But did you know that they are hiding a secret message inside?
According to Travel + Leisure, a small scroll of Chinese newspaper is tucked into the tip of each one. While that may sound like an exciting message-in-a-bottle type situation, the reason why these bits of newspaper are hidden inside is much more mundane. Apparently to cut down on manufacturing costs, the Chinese companies that make these cocktail umbrellas got a little creative with the materials they used in the process.
To find the message, all you have to do is pull off the white tip at the top of the umbrella and unroll the small piece of newspaper inside.
Here's a fact that I learnt in raki inside the top of every cocktail umbrella theres a tiny bit of Chinese newspaper pic.twitter.com/ronVEKVteQ- Lorna Jayne (@Lornastedham) June 1, 2013
While you might not be able to read it, there's no denying it's a fun fact you can share with your friends over a good drink.
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