10 modern ideas that were thought up in antiquity

But, oddly enough, this sounds, many of the so-called "modern" ideas actually came into being and were used thousands of years ago. Let us pay tribute to the ingenuity and intelligence of the representatives of ancient civilizations.

The first known prostheses appeared in ancient Egypt. The period between 950 and 710 years BC. e. an artificial toe of wood and leather dates from, which apparently replaced the part of the body that was lost as a result of gangrene.

Condoms gained particular relevance in the 1980s due to the AIDS threat. But even 1000 years before our era, people used condoms made of leather, oiled silk paper or animal horns. In the 15th century, Italian doctor Gabriel Fallopius proposed using linen sheath to protect against syphilis.

The toilet inventor’s laurels are often awarded to 19th century London plumber Thomas Crapper. Although people used the flush toilet 3000 years before our era. For example, this modern convenience was a common occurrence in the homes of representatives of the most ancient Harappa (Indian) civilization.

Already in the VI century, the Chinese used toilet paper for hygiene purposes. True, at first a pleasant cleansing procedure was available only at the court of the emperor and in the houses of local oligarchs.

In 1800, Alessandro Volta created a battery of copper and zinc plates. But the primacy in this matter, perhaps, belongs to the Parthians, who settled in 256 BC. e. on the territory of modern Iraq. The Parthian Battery was a clay jug filled with vinegar with an iron rod and a copper cylinder inside.

In 1924, a patent was issued in Germany for the technology of chrome plating of metal products. 50 years later, archaeologists discovered the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuandi, and in it - axes, arrows and spikes untouched by rust. It turned out that the Chinese knew about the anti-corrosion properties of chromium and used it in the manufacture of weapons more than 2000 years ago.

Cleaner than ours, the ancient Egyptians took care of oral hygiene. They own the freshening breath of chewing gum and toothpaste. The pharaoh’s subjects brushed their teeth with a mixture of crushed hooves, ash, pumice and burnt eggshell.

Eight centuries before the birth of Christ, Hindu doctors already knew how to do plastic surgery. The main patients were warriors who spoiled the nose in battle, which in Indian culture is considered a symbol of dignity. Aesculapius also restored damaged earlobes.

The first vending machine did not distribute chocolate bars and not soda, but holy water. The inventor of the miracle machine, Heron of Alexandria, who lived in the 1st century AD e., sought to stop the theft of healing fluid in the temple. The machine measured a portion of water based on the number of coins - and not a drop more.

In 2005, the oldest known dildo in history was discovered in a cave in Germany. Material - stone, length - 20 cm, width - 3 cm, age - about 28 thousand years! Some experts suggest that this item was used not only for comfort, but also as a tool like a chisel.


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