Gorrie's ice machine made him super-rich too. Just kidding. He actually died penniless, believing (probably correctly) that Tudor had directed a smear campaign accusing him of thinking he was better than God for presuming to freeze his own water. On the bright side, he got a sweet museum named after himself. And also this bridge.
Can I Get Your Digits?
One last amazing thing. As tends to happen, the machines caught on, though it took ‘til the next century for them to overtake lake ice. The battle for supremacy between the two was freaking terrifying: in one incident, a machine ice man took a swing at a lake ice loyalist, and in the ensuing brawl, the lake ice guy BIT OFF THE MACHINE ICE GUY’S FINGER.
Today’s bartenders might be serious about ice, but they’re not that serious.
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