Reminders and Ice History

Sometimes i need to be reminded to get out of the house. I am beginning to be a hikikomori. Ahmie is worried i do not get out more. She once reminded me that i need to socialize. But i’ve always really been a home buddy. I’d really rather do stuff in my own quiet pace than to have to go out. But i looked at the mirror and it hit me. My hair is so unkept that i somehow look like the Gothic-crazed Helena Bonham Carter in one of her Tim Burton movies. Scary.

Perhaps after i finish off Angel’s slide request, i am going to take an early morning trip to my parents’ house and have breakfast there.

HAVE AN ICE-BREAKER: THE HISTORY OF ICE

Allow me to digress. I love ice cubes. I really do. And now that i’m drinking my Sprite, i wonder if a lot of people know when man started using ice for relieving himself of the heat. According to history:

In 400 BC Iran, Persian engineers had already mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert. The ice was brought in during the winters from nearby mountains in bulk amounts, and stored in specially designed, naturally cooled refrigerators, called yakhchal (meaning ice storage). This was a large underground space (up to 5000 m³) that had thick walls (at least two meters at the base) made out of a special mortar called sārooj, composed of sand, clay, egg whites, lime, goat hair, and ash in specific proportions, and which was known to be resistant to heat transfer. This mixture was thought to be completely water impenetrable. The space often had access to aQanat, and often contained a system of windcatchers which could easily bring temperatures inside the space down to frigid levels on summer days. The ice was then used to chill treats for royalty on such occasions.

Until recently, the Hungarian Parliament building used ice harvested in the winter from Lake Balaton for air conditioning. Icehouses were used to store ice formed in the winter, to make ice available all year long, and early refrigeratorswere known as iceboxes, because they had a block of ice in them. In many cities, it was not unusual to have a regular ice delivery service during the summer.

For the first half of the 19th century, ice harvesting had become big business in America. Frederic Tudor, who became known as the “Ice King” worked on developing better insulation products for the long distance shipment of ice, especially to the tropics. The advent of artificial refrigeration technology has since made delivery of ice obsolete.

The coolest idea to have ever been utilized by man is simply frozen water. Isn’t it so amazing?

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