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Medieval torture devices
« on: August 28, 2013, 02:41:53 PM »
My wife's school started this week.  One of the students was wearing a big, honkin' crucifix on his neck--we're talking 6" tall wood pendant, unmistakable from throwing distance.  it got me thinking...why should xians corner the market on wearing symbols of Medieval torture devices?

so, which device(s) should we make into jewelry?  Iron maiden might be a good choice.  not sure how identifiable a rack would be.  how about thumbscrews?  Or one of those chairs that are heated and the victim is forced to stay in it with prods (what are those chairs called)?

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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 02:49:24 PM »
The one that got me was the cage that was hooked around your head and a rat let loose in there.  The rat would go for the eyeballs first because they are moist.  How about that for humanity?
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 03:21:13 PM »
oh, forgot about that one Nick!  Reminded me of another one: rat in a 5-sided cage, the 6th side being a human stomach.  Rat chews his way out through the person.  Genius!!

Not sure whether any of those would translate into jewelry--however, yours could be a nice hat, eh?   8)
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 03:48:57 PM »
The pear of anguish.  I shall not describe it.

I'd heard about it before and googled it... ironically, it showed up on a "How Stuff Works Site"  :o

http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-medieval-torture-devices.htm#page=10
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 04:46:18 PM »
People seem to express the most inventiveness when it comes to inventing ways to kill and torture each other.

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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 04:51:58 PM »
The one that got me was the cage that was hooked around your head and a rat let loose in there.  The rat would go for the eyeballs first because they are moist.  How about that for humanity?
That was from the novel 1984.  I can't even find a source mentioning it outside that novel, let alone evidence it was ever used.

The pear of anguish.  I shall not describe it.

I'd heard about it before and googled it... ironically, it showed up on a "How Stuff Works Site"  :o

http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-medieval-torture-devices.htm#page=10
There's no evidence of the pear existing in the Middle Ages or having ever been used for torture.

Also, the Iron Maiden was completely made up for museums.

A lot of what we have been told about Medieval times has been manufactured as entertainment.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 04:58:47 PM »
^^^ Are you saying the site howstuffworks.com is not credible?  Eeghads, no - the gods may rain down fire on us (or crash the site at least)  :laugh:
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 05:30:48 PM »
I'm saying that there's no evidence for the pear's existence.  And howstuffworks.com cites medievality.com, which in turn cites no sources.
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2013, 08:33:42 PM »
Stuff made up about the middle ages?  No...next you are going to tell us the bible and people around 30 AD were made up also.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2013, 08:40:33 PM »
... A lot of what we have been told about Medieval times has been manufactured as entertainment.

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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2013, 09:47:57 PM »
In honor of his noodly goodness, he who boiled for our sins, the obvious torture device to wear as a pendant is the fork. (Pots and strainers are better suited to being worn as hats.)
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2013, 10:25:40 PM »
A list of some forms and devices of torture.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_methods_of_torture#Medieval_and_early_modern_instruments_of_torture

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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2013, 02:57:17 AM »
My wife's school started this week.  One of the students was wearing a big, honkin' crucifix on his neck--we're talking 6" tall wood pendant, unmistakable from throwing distance.  it got me thinking...why should xians corner the market on wearing symbols of Medieval torture devices?

Like Bill Hicks once said - lets all wear tiny rifles in memory of Kennedy.
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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2013, 08:33:21 PM »
Like Lenny Bruce once said...

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Re: Medieval torture devices
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2013, 09:21:33 PM »
Or little gas chambers.

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