Tom Scott is at the Wasserspiele of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, which is a 590-acre park in Germany. It has spectacular water features, which were built privately by various wealthy former landowners. Now, you may agree or disagree that rich people should build such ostentatious displays of conspicuous consumption, but if they did, they should be enjoyable by the public. The public certainly can’t devote money to such a useless display just because it’s cool (which it is), because we have more important things to worry about, like crumbling infrastructure and national defense. What’s interesting is the technology that made these fountains work merely by gravity, for more than 300 years now. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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