The claw


Archimedes claw

Archimedes apparently was at some point employed by the state of Syracuse to create defense mechanisms to be used in the case of hostile invasions. One such machine was the ‘Iron hand’ or ‘The Claw’ (I would make a Toy Story reference but I would be betraying my age). The Claw was essentially a crane bearing a sort of anchor that would be attached to enemy ships so that they would be lifted up on the air and subsequently let loose to be crushed on the rocks below. Apparently the machine proved to be quite useful and Archimedes was spared the accusation of wasting state money with his crazy inventions.