Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Brazen Bull

This one has quite the story behind it. Basically, Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, wanted a new way to scare the poor into not committing any more crimes. So Perillos, a brass worker, offered to make him a brass bull that you would stuff a criminal inside and then light a fire underneath it and listen to the victims screams. Perillos also made a little twist to the design making it so when the victim inside would scream, the sound would travel through a series of pipes and then come out sounding like an infuriated bull. But wait it gets worse! It was said that upon completion Phalaris wanted Perillos to get inside to test if the sound actually worked, when Perillos got inside Phalaris ordered the door shut and locked, and then lit the fire underneath it and listened to the inventor of the Brazen Bull get burned alive in his own invention!