The sun rises behind a bank of clouds on the Greek island of Sifnos in October, 2018.
Sifnos is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece.
The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia, is home of the island’s folklore museum and library.
The town’s name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora.
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Of all the inventors on this list, this guy may be the one who most deserved to die at the hand of his own invention.
Perillos was a bronze worker who designed a device called the Brazen Bull to be used to painfully execute criminals.
The Brazen Bull was a hollow bull. Prisoners were locked inside and roasted to death by a fire underneath.
The device was even designed to channel the screams of the burning prisoner out of its nose to sound like a bull. Perillos pitched his invention to Phalaris, a tyrant lord of Acragas in Sicily.
After Perillos showed Phalaris the bull, the inventor was put inside and a fire was lit underneath him.
History isn’t clear about if Perillos was pulled out before dying, only to be thrown off a cliff by Phalaris’ men, or if he expired within the bull. Either way, the bull did him in.