8 Absolutely Horrible Methods of Execution

Here’s a reminder of mankind’s most cruel inclinations: 8 absolutely horrible methods of execution that were used throughout the world.

The United States is the only major country in the Western world that still allows capital punishment. However sadistic and extremely painful methods have been abolished in most countries that still use this type of punishment. Revolting as it may seem, besides the US, other countries that use such extreme punishing methods nowadays are China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. According to Amnesty International, executions occurred only in 11% of countries worldwide in 2013.

#1. BOILING

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In execution by boiling, the condemned is left naked and then placed in a vat of boiling liquid that could be oil, acid, tar, water, or molten lead. During the reign of King Henry VIII it was a punishment especially reserved for poisoners.

#2. FLAYING

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The flaying method is very ancient. Actually the apostle Bartholomew was flayed and then crucified upside down. His skin and bones can still be found in a Cathedral in Sicily. Basically the skin of the criminal used to be removed from their body while the victim was still alive, with the use of a very sharp knife. The skin was usually kept intact, as a proof of the deed. Afterwards they were then left to die from either shock or infection.

#3. STONING

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Stoning is a method of capital punishment where the condemned is violently attacked with stones until he is practically buried alive. Sudan is one country that uses stoning as part of their punishment for homosexual behavior, particularly against women. Afghanistan seems to have inclinations towards this brutal practice, as an 84-year-old man charged with homosexual activity was killed in Kabul a few years ago.

#4. NECKLACING

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Necklacing is an execution method in which a rubber tyre forced over the arms is and chest of the victim. The tyre is filled with gasoline, and is set of fire. It was a common practice in South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s. It was also used in Brazil, Haiti and in Nigeria during Muslim protests.

#5. BRAZEN BULL

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The Brazen Bull was invented in the 6th Century BC. It was a large brass bull, completely hollow inside, provided with a door on the side, large enough for a man to enter. Once the condemned was inside the bull, a fire would be lit beneath it. Thus the man was roasted to death. Moreover inside the head of the bull, there were a series of tubes and stops designed to amplify the screams of the victim and make them sound like the roar of a bull.

#6. LING CHI

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Ling Chi is basically execution by slow cutting. It was practiced in China until 1905. The criminal is tight to a cross, and the executioner, armed with a sharp knife, begins by cutting from the fleshy parts of the body, such as the thighs and the breasts. After this he removes the joints and the nose, ears, fingers and toes. Then the limbs are cut off, the elbows and knees, the shoulders and hips. Finally, the victim is stabbed to the heart and his head cut off. According to Confucian principles, someone executed like this will not be capable of finding piece and wholeness in his afterlife, either.

#7. THE BREAKING WHEEL

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The breaking wheel was a mediaeval execution device. The criminal would be attached to a cartwheel with his arms and legs stretched out along the spokes. The wheel turned while a heavy metal object would break the victim’s bones in various parts of the body between the spokes.

After the shattering was complete, the wheel would be hoisted to the top of a pole for birds to eat the, sometimes still living, body.

#8. SAWING

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The sawing execution method was used in the Middle East, Europe, and some parts of Asia. It was also used in the Roman Empire, being Emperor Caligula’s favorite punishment method.

So the criminal, hung upside-down had a large saw cutting his body in half, starting with the groin, all the way to the head. Because the person was hanging upside-down, the brain received sufficient blood to keep them alive until the saw finally reached the main blood vessels in the abdomen.

3 Skin Mites That Will Raise Your Paranoia

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Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel a slight itchiness of your skin at night or any time of the day, despite the fact that a true skin parasite would always chose darkness instead of light? Well an itch is never an itch, according to sources that know all about who lives on our skin, how it lives there and how happy this guest is throughout his entire existence. So here you have 3 skin mites that will raise your paranoia!

Basically skin parasites drink blood or ear your skin. Thank God they cannot usually do both! They are so small that no one can see them. Some species are living under your skin, whereas many are just crawling on it. Some parasites can complete their whole life cycles in humans. But many live outside the body and return every time they are hungry. Skin parasites can live on the skin or under it as an egg, larva, nymph or plain adult stage.

Say Hello To the Dermodex Mite

Demodex folliculorum (SEM)

Demodex mite is a human parasite found inside around the pilo-sebaceous units. Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis are the two types found on humans. Demodex infestation is usually asymptomatic and may cause problems only when present in high densities and because of immune imbalance as well. They usually cause a type of acne also known as Rosacea.

The most interesting thing about them is their lifestyle. These 8-legged creatures (an arachnid) ectoparasite (living on the surface of the host) crawl around the face at night, feeding from oil and skin cells. They have no anus, so they have to eventually explode inside your hair follicles, which are their home. They also reproduce on the face skin, during the night. The typical Demodex life cycle is usually 2 to 3 weeks. A female lays 15 to 20 eggs inside the hair follicle. The eggs develop into larvae, which eventually become an adult .The male Demodex mite will leave the follicle in search of a mate, while the adult female mite remains there waiting. These mites are capable of walking approximately 10 mm/h.

Human Scabies and the deadly itchiness

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The Sarcoptes scabei attack the thin skin between the fingers, the bend of the elbow and knee, the penis, breasts, and the shoulder blades. The mites drill into the skin, making tunnels up to 0.1 inches long. After a while a rash appears in the area of the burrows and extremely intense itching is experienced. These mites are also small 8-legged parasites, just 1/3 millimeter long. They can only live off of a host body for 24-36 hours under most conditions. Transmission of the mites involves close person-to-person contact. Moreover sexual physical contact can also transmit the disease.

The female mite adheres to the skin using suckers on her legs and burrows into the skin, where she immediately lays her oval eggs. Afterwards they hatch into larvae and begin moving freely over the skin. Soon they turn into nymphs, reaching maturity 10 to 14 days after hatching.

The Screwworm is taking advantage of your open wounds

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The Cochliomyia hominivorax is a horrible parasite. Its adult form resembles a common housefly. But the dreadful aspect of it all is the fact that the adult female fly spends her time seeking out hosts that have open wounds. The fly will lay hundreds of eggs along the edge of the wound. After several hours, the eggs hatch and larvae, called maggots, emerge. The maggots initially feed in the wounds but then invade healthy tissue, too. Screwworm maggots have toxic saliva, which promotes infection of wounds and production of foul-smelling pus. This attracts other species of flies that normally feed only on dead animals. The host animal becomes sick, stops eating, and dies unless treated.

These are just 3 of them. I’ll stop here, as sometimes it’s better to know less in order to avoid sheer paranoia. As far as mites and parasites are concerned, paranoia is likely to develop. They are just disgusting, aren’t they? So, ladies and gentlemen, start itching!

2 Painfully Dangerous Sacrifices Women Used to Do for Beauty

2 Painfully Dangerous Sacrifices Women Used to Do for Beauty

People are strange indeed. They are seldom satisfied with what they are, how they look and with what they’ve got. They have this urge of having more, becoming someone else, dressing in particular ways in order to get acceptance. This world we live in is just crazy, man! Here are 2 painfully dangerous sacrifices women used to do for beauty. Just read and learn.

1.    Foot binding is for real

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This atrocious practice of foot binding began in the 10th century in China, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was a big hit for over 1000 years or so. It was practiced by very young girls. 7 years of age was considered old for this kind of torture. Basically the girls’ feet were broken, than kept in large bandages so they could no longer grow. Like all bizarre fashion atrocities, this practice was initially introduced in rich families. It was a sign of prestige and rare beauty. The ideal foot had to have three inches in length. These were called golden lotuses, while feet that were between three and four inches in length were called silver lotuses.

There are some famous photos wondering the Internet taken by Jo Farrell, with the last remaining women in China with bound feet. According to the BBC, Farrell said: “Although considered fairly barbaric, it was a tradition that enabled women to find a suitable partner. Matchmakers or mothers-in-law required their son’s betrothed to have bound feet as a sign that she would be a good wife (she would be subservient and without complaint). “These incredible women [have] lived through famine, the cultural revolution (where people were penalized for the four olds: old habits, manners, custom, and culture) and family deconstruction/migration of the twentieth century,” Farrell writes.

In the 19th century, Chinese reformers stated to take some measures against the practice but it was not until the early 20th century that foot binding began to die out. Fortunately social conditions stated to change and this horrible curse began to be lifted.

2. Choking with corsets

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Apparently slender beauty has always been an obsession. Women had to look delicate at any costs. Well corsets were the sure thing when it came down to contorting reality. Corsets have usually been worn in order to create a particular fit of clothing and appearance as far as the lady’s figure was concerned. They were worn around the waistline and were often laced up really tight to pull the waist into a much smaller circumference.

It is believed that in the 16th century, the corset’s purpose was not to create a slim figure, but it was designed to mold the torso into a cylindrical shape, and raise the bustline. But as centuries went by, the waistline had to appear slimmer and slimmer.

Apparently this was a guarantee for power and respect among women. For instance, Marie Antoinette, the beautiful wife of France’s King Louis XVI wore corsets that crushed her organs.

While wearing it, the ribcage gets compressed and therefore is no longer able to work as it is meant to, and as far as the breasts are concerned, the pressure they are exposed to causes the nipples to reduce in size and in extreme ways this can even lead to breast cancer.

It can even affect menstruation due to the extreme pressure.

Among the gossip revolving around this corset obsession, a 19th century story tells that a lady had died after falling in the street. As a consequence, a broken rib was pressed inwards by the tight corset, causing it to puncture a lung or the liver.

4 Famous Men With Eating Disorders

What you see is what you get. But what’s the cost for that? Image is all that seems to matter nowadays, and there’s no way one can escape from its manifestations: banners, magazines, web sites and blogs full of beautiful people with beautiful lives with beautiful clothes with beautiful minds. Eating disorders are the secret prize for selling fake images. Manifestations can vary from one person to another, but nevertheless there are 4 major directions for this kind of disorder: bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED) and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). The latter is sort of a combination between the first three.

Men With Eating Disorders can find a complete list of people with eating disorders here, but this article wants to focus on men who struggled with eating disorders throughout their lives. John Goodman, Franz Kafka, Al Roker and Dennis Quaid are our headlines for now.

1. Franz Kafka

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The Czech writer Franz Kafka suffered from anorexia. As explained in the article called Franz Kafka’s anorexia nervosa Kafka was slim and underweight throughout his life and showed an ascetic attitude and abjuration of physical enjoyment and pleasure (fasting, vegetarianism, sexual abstinence, emphasis on physical fitness). Among his writings one can find: The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle. He is an important precursor of existentialism.

2. Dennis Quaid

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Actor Dennis Quaid says he battled against anorexia in the mid-1990s, around the time he shed 40 lbs. for the role of Doc Holliday in the film Wyatt Earp. In the period the film portrays, Holliday was dying of tuberculosis, and Quaid had to loose the weight in order to capture his character. “My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool,” Quaid admits, describing what he suffered from as “manorexia.” “I wasn’t bulimic, but I could understand what people go through with that.” Commonly for eating disorder patients, he also used to have an entirely different image of himself: “I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds,” Quaid confessed.

3. John Goodman

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This widely adored American actor apparently had his own battle to run against eating disorders.

Four years ago he admitted he had a drinking problem, and the fact that he had lost a lot of weight has been less talked about. But this weight goes on an off and it appears to be a never-ending story. He has been sober since 2007 and by August 2010, Goodman had lost 100 pounds. He has stated that exercising and keeping a journal of food he consumed are what helped him keep the weight off

4. Al Roker

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Al Roker, NBC’s most famous weather presenter even wrote a book about his problem: Eating Disorders/ Self Help. Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and lost more than 100 pounds. He shared some less-known side effects of the surgery, which apparently include what both Roker and Snyderman described simply as “pooping your pants.”

In other words, men are also affected by appearance, image, social pressure and un-human standards. It’s hard to say what causes this disorder and it is even harder to imagine that famous people like them have self confidence issues, problems related to acceptance and an absurd strive towards perfection.

The World’s Strangest Phobias

We are all afraid of something, aren’t we? Personally, I constantly worry about my trousers falling down in a public place. Even that isn’t so bizarre compared to the world’s strangest phobias around.

Lleguminophobia – Fear of Baked Beans

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The guy in the photo is called Rob Griffiths. He has a secret to confess. He is scared of tinned baked beans. This sensitive chap wasn’t just unlucky in this respect. Oh no, he was doubly cursed. He ended up getting a job as a chef. This meant that he sometimes had to heat up the hideous “orange devils” as he calls them. Thankfully, there was a happy ending. He quit his job and now cleans windows for a living.

Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns

Strange Phobias

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the fear of clowns is that it isn’t as uncommon as you might think. Among the celebrity sufferers of this weird phobia is Johnny Depp. So, it’s ok to inflict a guy with scissors for hands and a headless horseman on the world, but a cheerful guy with a painted smile is something to be afraid of?

Selenophobia – Fear of the Moon

Bizarre Phobias

Are you afraid of the moon? If you are then you suffer from a strange phobia called selenophobia. If you suffer from shortness of breath, weakness of knees and intense sweating while looking at the moon, then you probably suffer from selenophobia.

Xanthophobia – Fear of the Colour Yellow

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Yellow; it’s not a bad old colour, is it? Some would even call it mellow. Sure, it doesn’t have the same gripping image of purple, the cutting edge danger of red or the broad appeal of blue. But, it’s certainly not something to be afraid of.

Metrophobia – Fear of Poetry

Unusual Phobias

It is time for me to make a confession; I find poetry insufferably boring. Why would anyone want to spend hours and hours of their life writing or reading this nonsense? However, I’m not sure if I’m physically afraid of it. Actually, if you sat me down with a bunch of stuff from Wordsworth or Shakespeare, then I might very well break out in a cold sweat.

Genuphobia – Fear of Knees

Weird Phobias

Aren’t knees just the scariest thing ever? If you answered yes to that question, then you probably suffer from the strange phobia known as genuphobia. Seriously dude, why are you so scared of knees? They’re only knobbly things that stop our legs from collapsing.

Papaphobia- Fear of the Pope

Bizarre Phobias

What’s the Pope ever done to harm you? I could maybe understand people having papaphobia in the days of religious persecution and the Spanish Inquisition. But, Pope Francis isn’t really likely to harm you, is he?

Geniophobia – Fear of Chins

Strange Phobias

Can you imagine what life would be like if you had an intense and irrational fear of chins? Even shaving would become a dark and mysterious business that led to tears every time.

Ergophobia – Fear of Work

Weird Phobias

If you are a feckless, work-shy lay about, then don’t admit this to anyone. Especially don’t admit it to your boss. Instead, claim that you have ergophobia . You’ll get a lot of sympathetic looks and probably won’t even get fired.