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Hero of Alexandria

  • n  Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
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  • 9 Vintage Vending Machines From a Time When They'd Sell Anything
    Vending machines didn't always just sling soda and smokes. Did you know the automated peddlers have been around for about two thousand years? In fact, the very first vending machine was invented by first-century mathematician Hero of Alexandria to dispense holy water using a series of valves, pulleys, and weights. And they've been stuffed with just about anything you can imagine since. Read more ...
    July 11, 2013 - Gizmodo

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