A friend of mine who works for an encyclopedia publisher shared this fact with me:
A device that dispensed holy water in a Greek temple in Alexandria, Egypt, in 215 B.C. is the earliest known vending machine.
To see how far vending machines have come, read about the one they call ‘Let’s Pizza’
The Weeping Willow tree has always been one of my favorite trees. I loved standing under them when I was little, it always felt like a secret magical world.
As it turns out, there is something magical about the Willow tree…
It has medicinal properties and its leaves and bark been mentioned in ancient texts from Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as as a remedy for aches and fever, and the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about its medicinal properties in the 5th century BC. Native Americans across the American continent relied on it as a staple of their medical treatments. This is because they contain salicylic acid, the precursor to aspirin.
(I thank Paul Harvey and Wikipedia for this information.)