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A stack of faux ice cubes.

Ice cubes are small, roughly cube-shaped pieces of ice, conventionally used to cool beverages. Ice cubes are often preferred over crushed ice because they melt more slowly; they are standard in mixed drinks that call for ice, in which case the drink is said to be "on the rocks."

Ice cubes are produced domestically by filling an ice cube tray with water and placing it in a freezer. Many freezers also come equipped with an icemaker, which produces ice cubes automatically and stores them in a bin from which they can be dispensed directly into a glass. Ice cubes out of a tray are generally longer and thinner, requiring less force to remove them from the tray and thereby reducing the likelihood of the cube becoming stuck in the dispenser.

There are also dedicated ice-maker machines used to produce ice cubes for laboratories and academic use. Ice cubes are also produced commercially and sold in bulk; these ice cubes, despite their name, are often cylindrical, and may have holes through the center. An interesting characteristic of commercially made ice cubes is that they are completely clear, lacking the clouding found in the center of domestically made ice cubes.

Ice cubes in a glass of iced tea

Cloudy ice cubes result when water is frozen quickly, or ice is allowed to form on the surface of the water. When water is cooled to its freezing point, and ice starts to form, dissolved gases can no longer stay in solution and come out as microscopic bubbles. However, as ice floats in water, once there is enough ice to form a layer on the surface, the ice layer traps all bubbles within the ice cube. Ice-makers use a flowing source of water to make ice with cooling elements at the bottom, allowing the bubbles to be washed away from the top as the cube grows.

Melting ice cubes sometimes precipitate white flakes, commonly known as "floaties". This is calcium carbonate which is present in many water supplies and is completely harmless.

Ice cubes can also be crushed or sheared into irregularly-shaped flakes, adding an interesting aesthetic effect to some cocktails. Crushed ice is also used when faster cooling is desired, since the rate of cooling is governed by the number and average radius of the ice particles.[1]

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Ice Cube Predecessor

Gorrie's ice machine.

American physician and humanitarian John Gorrie built a refrigerator in 1844 with the purpose of cooling air. His refrigerator produced ice which he hung from the ceiling in a basin. One can form an argument that John Gorrie is the grandfather of the ice cube. However, his intent was not to cool drinks. Rather, he used the ice to cool the ambient room temperature. During his time, a dominant idea was that bad air quality caused disease. Therefore, in order to help treat sickness, he pushed for the draining of swamps and the cooling of sickrooms.

Ice cube tray

Ice cubes take shape in a tray

An ice cube tray is a plastic, rubber or metal tray divided into compartments. It is designed to be filled with water, then placed in a freezer until the water freezes to ice, producing ice cubes. Trays are often flexible, so the frozen cubes can be easily removed by flexing the tray. An alternative system is an aluminum tray with a lever that raises the ice cubes, freeing them from the tray. A motorized version of this is found in most automatic ice-making freezers.

While the usual shape of the ice 'cube' is roughly cubical, there are trays that dispense hemispherical or cylindrical blocks. These are commonly referred to as ice tubes. Some novelty trays produce blocks of ice in seasonal, festive or other shapes (such as some trays sold by Disney).

Recent demand for premium, safe drink ice has created a new niche market for disposable ice trays which can be cost- effectively transported or stored at room temperature, whilst protecting the consumer from contaminants such as fecal matter, E. Coli or fertilizer residue commonly found in mis-handled ice cube trays and un-safe water supplies.[2]

The first flexible stainless steel, all-metal ice cube tray was created by Guy L. Tinkham in 1933. The tray bent sideways to remove the ice cubes.

The first rubber ice cube tray was invented by Lloyd Groff Copeman. One day in 1928, while walking through some woods collecting sap for maple syrup, Copeman noticed that slush and ice flaked off his rubber boots rather than adhering to them. Having recalled this incident over lunch with his patent attorney, he conducted experiments using rubber cups. Later, he set about designing and then patenting different types of tray: a metal tray with rubber separators, a metal tray with individual rubber cups, and a tray made completely of rubber.[3]

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References

  1. ^ Rauch, Jeffrey (1975), "The mathematical theory of crushed ice", Partial differential equations and related topics (Program, Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La., 1974), Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 370–379, MR0427863  
  2. ^ "After Bottled Water? Purified Ice Cubes". http://www.aquaice.com/PressRelease_WSJ_2006.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  
  3. ^ "www.lloydcopeman.com: Biography". http://www.lloydcopeman.com/biography/CopemanStory.pdf.  

External links

Ice Cube Companies - Natural Rocks Ice http://www.NaturalRocksIce.com


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Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969) is a rapper, film director and actor

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  • "Just wakin' up in the morning gotta thank God, Iunno but today seems kinda odd"
  • "Once Again It's On"
  • "When I'm in your neighborhood, you better duck!^ Register Thank You   for registering at Shopping.com Close The confirmation message has been resent to your inbox.
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    ^ The school had sent us a card to thank us for it – therefore, we would like to share this thank you card with all of your kind folks out there – you know who you are.

    ^ Day-Day: Man, you better take your hostile black ass outta here!
    • Ice Cube Quotes - Ice Cube 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Coz Ice Cube is crazy as fuck!^ While I am not crazy about the silicone ice cube trays for ice, they make great candle molds.
    • Vocalpoint - Ice Cube Trays Are Not Extinct 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.vocalpoint.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ice Cube - Fuck The Police .
    • Ice Cube on Yahoo! Music 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC new.music.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Wrong Nigga To Fuck With            Album: Death Certificate          Artist: ice cube .
    • Lyrics - ice cube All songs, words of songs FREE, At lyrics and songs - ICE CUBE & PAUL OAKENFOLD ICE CUBE AND ICE-T ICE CUBE FEATURING KORN ICE CUBE FEATURING MR. SHORT KHOP ICE CUBE, CHUCK D : Lyrics And Songs 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.lyricsandsongs.com [Source type: General]

    .(Straight Outta Compton)
  • "Do I look like a muthafuckin role model?^ Welcome Back, Kotter (details only on IMDbPro ) Tough Love (details only on IMDbPro ) Ride Along (details only on IMDbPro ) Straight Outta Compton (details only on IMDbPro ) 10 (details only on IMDbPro ) "Second Chances" (details only on IMDbPro ) Soundtrack: .
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    ^ Straight Outta Compton (LP) .
    • Ice Cube Discography at Discogs 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Straight Outta Compton (Cass, Album) .
    • Ice Cube Discography at Discogs 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    To a kid lookin' up to me, life ain't nothin' but bitches and money. .(Gangsta Gangsta)
  • "Fuck tha police, Comin straight from the underground.^ Fuck Tha Police .
    • The Original Hip-Hop (Rap) Lyrics Archive Version 2.0 (Beta) 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.ohhla.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Bombay") Waist Deep (2006) (writer: "Child Support") (performer: "Child Support") Fuck (2005) (writer: "Fuck tha Police") ...
    • Ice Cube 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    Young nigga got it bad cuz i'm brown. .And not the other color, so police think They have the authority to kill a minority" (Fuck Tha Police)
  • "Fuckin with me cuz i'm a teenager, With a little bit of gold and a pager.^ Fuck Tha Police .
    • The Original Hip-Hop (Rap) Lyrics Archive Version 2.0 (Beta) 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.ohhla.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Bombay") Waist Deep (2006) (writer: "Child Support") (performer: "Child Support") Fuck (2005) (writer: "Fuck tha Police") ...
    • Ice Cube 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Searchin my car, lookin for the product, Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics (Fuck Tha Police)
  • "Now, the title bitch don't apply to all women, But all women have a little bitch in 'em (Bitch Iz A Bitch)
  • "That's why when you say 'hi', she won't say 'hi', Are you the kind that think you're too damn fly?^ Why, you say?
    • Ice cube - surchur 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Lola Jackson: You think I'd leave you alone with my car?
    • Ice Cube Quotes - Ice Cube 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ IC: Well, you know, that's strange too, and I always tell 'em, "I hope you all give out two of these.
    • Ice Cube | Music | The A.V. Club 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC www.avclub.com [Source type: General]

    Bitch eat shit 'n die! .(Bitch Iz A Bitch)
  • "Thank God that the gansta's back, we ain't got to put up with this brainless rap" (Child Support)
  • "I'm the father of this gangsta shit, never thought that I have a bunch of bastard kids (Child Support)
  • "MC's are funny, all you can rap about is pussy and money" (Child Support)
  • "Rappers got that appeal, and kids wanna see us.^ Thank you for all the tips.
    • Vocalpoint - Ice Cube Trays Are Not Extinct 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.vocalpoint.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Womens Mens Kids See all...
    • ice cube chocolate - Compare Prices and Buy on Shopping.com 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC www.shopping.com [Source type: General]

    ^ All the round cables are point to point, and in the case of PATA, the cables included will allow up to two IDE devices to be installed, though you can easily swap that for a regular IDE cable.
    • www.Viperlair.com - FIC Ice Cube IC-VL67 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.viperlair.com [Source type: General]

    And I think that rappers are very theatrical. .We're like natural born actors" ( Interview on Bay Guardian)
  • "Never question the size of Ice Cube's balls!"^ Perfect size for a pair of earrings and the small ice cube trays fit in a jewelry armoire drawer.
    • Vocalpoint - Ice Cube Trays Are Not Extinct 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.vocalpoint.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Visit Store $16.95 See Total Price eBay Ice Orb Vertical Cube Tray W/bucket & Wine Chiller eBay ( In stock ) Questions?
    • ice cube chocolate - Compare Prices and Buy on Shopping.com 10 February 2010 10:57 UTC www.shopping.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I never thought of half of these ideas for ice cube trays.
    • Vocalpoint - Ice Cube Trays Are Not Extinct 8 January 2010 9:40 UTC www.vocalpoint.com [Source type: General]

    ( Go To Church)
  • "Call nine eleven, then call your reverand. Then call heaven, here I come lord. Live by the gun, die by the gun. A eye for an eye when you live and die by this war." (Call 9-1-1)
  • " The motherfuckin world is a ghetto, Full of magazines, full clips, and heavy metal, When the smoke settle, I'm just lookin for a big yellow; In six inch stilletos "
  • " It could be you, if you was this lyrical, it could ber her, if she was this spirtual cause me and Allah go bacc like cronies, I don't got to be fake cause He is my homey "

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Ice Cube
File:IceCube
Ice Cube performing in Toronto, 2006.
Background information
Birth name O'Shea Jackson
Born June 15, 1969 (1969-06-15) (age 41)
Origin South Central Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, political rap
Occupations Rapper, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Instruments keyboards, sampler
Years active 1984 – present
Labels Priority (1987-1996)
Lench Mob (1994-present)
EMI (2006-Present)
Associated acts N.W.A, Westside Connection, WC, 2Pac, Da Lench Mob, Yo-Yo, Cypress Hill, Mack 10
Website www.icecube.com

O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He was a member of the legendary rap group N.W.A., who is best known for popularizing the gangsta rap genre with Straight Outta Compton (1988). After leaving N.W.A. in 1989, he began doing solo work.


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