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Baghdad Battery

The ancient Baghdad battery is comprised of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Protruding through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar, the jar produces about 1.1 volts.

The Physics Book by Clifford A. Pickover, 2011.

Worchestershire Sauce

Worchestershire sauce is said to contain more than 100 ingredients, including soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, chili, anchovies, garlic, shallots, tamarinds, limes and many spices. It may have been an offshoot of garum.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.

Hannibal & Vinegar

When Hannibal invaded Italy, in the third century B.C., his military engineers employed fire and vinegar to smash a path through the Alps. The engineers heated immovable rocks with blazing logs, then poured vinegar over the rocks. The rocks split into fragments that could be pushed aside.

Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, 1979.