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Flexible glass is a legendary lost invention from during the reign of Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar (between 14-37 CE). As recounted by Isadore of Seville, the craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking bowl made of flexible glass before Caesar who threw it to the floor, whereupon the material dented, rather than shattering. The inventor then repaired the bowl easily with a small hammer. After the inventor swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture, Caesar had the man beheaded, fearing such material could undermine the value of gold and silver.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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