In 400 BCE Persian engineers created a ice machine in the desert

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in 400 BCE Persian engineers created a ice machine in the desert
in 400 BCE Persian engineers created a ice machine in the desert. Picture via Youtube video/ Wikipedia

So, basically, thousands of years ago, Persians noticed that ice would build up overnight in the shadows.

So, they started digging square holes into the clay in areas that would be shaded and filled them with water. Overnight, the water would freeze because it gets fucking cold at night in the desert.

They’d dig the ice out of the clay and store them in special extra-insulated buildings, filled with hay for more insulation. The ice would last a long while, so even in the hottest days of the summer, they’d have ice to help stay cool.

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  2. Back in 1970’s, during a Latin III class, our teacher (genuine weirdo and homopedo) had a penchant for bringing up strange comments about ancient civilizations. On one occasion, he mentioned that the ancient Persians would play a gambling type of game. They would behead two prisoners, place a hot metal plate on the stumps of the necks, and bet which one would run the furthest. This was much more interesting than his other penchant, which was translating pedosodomite love poems from Ovid.

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