I can’t believe this is 145 YEARS OLD!  Well, not this particular one.  Anyway, hot water bottles are nothing new.  In fact, even before there the rubber ones, there were ceramic, hot water bottles.  There were also bed warming pans, filled with hot embers.  All warmed cold beds and frigid feet.  Then electric blankets were developed in 1912 and electric socks in the 1950’s.  Yet, I still marvel at the effective simplicity of a humble, rubberized, hot water bottle.  So, my cold feet and I give thanks to Slavoljub Eduard Penkala.  He was the Croatian engineer who created it in 1903.  And in case you’re wondering, he called it a Termofor.


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