Today we're going to talk about something that I just think is super awesome and cool (and weird of course)
The Antikythera Mechanism
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient machine that dates back to about 100 BC. It was found in a shipwreck near Greece and it contains gears and other bits that weren't found in devices again until 1000 years later.
No one can really agree on who made it, though it's likely to be Greek since its instructions are written in Greek, but there's also pretty strong support for it being Sicilian.
The machine supposedly is used to figure out astronomical positions, which is no big deal until you realize this was created before anyone had discovered how planets and junk moved.
So, more or less, the machine had a function that no one alive during that time would've understood.
I mean, look at this crazy thing!
|So many parts. And these damn instructions are like Greek. Literally.|
|this is a modern model of the machine|
I love cool crap like that, things that throw a wrench into our understanding of history and the world. Good times.