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"I believe in limited government, and the 20th century has been the century of government. The data is uniform. The government has failed at every single task it has set out to do, with the exception of waging war."
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Cider Press  
  Device used to make acceleration above 1 gravity more tolerable for groundhogs.  

This is a very early reference; Doc Smith has an earlier one - but Heinlein has more detail!

Against one bulkhead and flat to it were two bunks, or "cider presses," the bathtub-shaped hydraulic, pressure-distribution tanks used for high acceleration in torchships…

Two gravities is not bad, not when you are floating in a liquid bed. The skin over the top of the cider press pushed up around me, supporting me inch by inch; I simply felt heavy and found it hard to breathe.

From Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Doubleday in 1956
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Is this the invention of the waterbed? See the entry for hydraulic bed for the answer.

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