Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Rack (not boobies)

The Rack was pretty much a long thick plank of wood with two ropes for your feet and two ropes for your hands, as you can see in the picture above it was not a very pretty site when you really start pulling the victim apart. It was mainly used to extract confessions, the person being questioned would usually sit and watch someone else endure the torture in order to instill psychological fear thus driving him to confess. It is said that the torturer was mainly supposed to only dislocate a limb or two, but most torturers would take it to the next level and rip off entire limbs (usually the arms come off first). This device has been used for many years dating back as far as 1447! Also, the French added a little twist (pun intended) to the machine by adding spikes that would dig into the victims spine.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Copper Boot, not an UGG! use imagination lol

The title pretty much sums it up. the victim had his/her foot placed inside the boot and had them fastened so they could not move. After that the torturer would pour boiling water or even molten metal inside, scalding the foot and calf, but if the crime was not that serious, the torturer would just beat the boot until the victim passed out.

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!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Pendulum

I don't know why it's called this, but I probably wouldn't want to correct the guy who made it lol.
What you're looking at is an extremely simple design, and an extremely effective one to get confessions. What would happen is the victim would have his/her hands tied behind their back and then have them secured to the rope, then the torturer would slowly crank it so your arms would slowly rise, eventually dislocating your arms at and causing immense pain. (as shown here)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Torture device: The Coffin Torture

Just hearing the name "The Coffin" induces fear into most people.
What you're looking at is one of the most frightening devices used during the middle ages. If you committed a serious enough crime (keep in mind back then you would be killed for having the wrong beliefs...). Mostly this torture would be implemented inside a dungeon, but sometimes the victim would be put on display in the town. Villagers were also free to do what they pleased to the suspected heretic. More places they would hang the cage from is off the sides of castles and bridges so the crows could have a nice bite to eat.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Where did medieval toture take place?

Where would such terrible things take place? What sick minded individual would allow this type of thing in or even near their building? Certainly not a church right? WRONG!



I don't know about you but that is pretty gruesome!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Today's turture device: Judas Cradle

The medieval torture device we're looking at today was called the Judas cradle.

It is basically just a wooden triangle supported by three wooden legs, the victim would then be placed on top of it with the tip of it inserted in the vagina or anus. the purpose was to stretch the orifice it was inserted into, or impale. Sometimes the victim would have weights strapped to his or her legs so it would add to the pain. Notice how his legs have a piece of wood connecting them, this is for when the victim moves one leg, it automatically moves the other one, adding to the pain. Victims would sit on this for as long as hours to days.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's about to get medieval up in here!

Starting today I'll be posting medieval stuff, from warfare to torture devices!
1) The Heretics Fork

This thing is practically the definition of pain! It consisted of nothing more than a leather belt and a long piece of metal molded into the shape of a double sided fork. It was used mainly during the Spanish Inquisition. It was used to get confessions from suspected criminals. The suspected criminal would have this device wrapped around their neck with one end of the metal barbs sticking in their chest and the other end under their chin. They would also be suspended somehow so they could not lie down. The victim would be awake for days on end. The victim would also be forced to mouth the word “abiuro” which means (I recant). If they could not say it then they would be burned alive or hanged.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Easy things to do to save money and our planet!

I am the last person you would think would do anything to conserve, but these tips are actually very easy to do and I'm gunna give them a try, you should to!

1. Replace Your Showerhead

Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Cost: $10 to $60

Install a new WaterSense-labeled showerhead, and you could save more than 2,300 gallons of water annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Using less hot water will cut your energy bills, and your local utilities may provide a rebate, too. EPA vouches that models labeled WaterSense still provide a satisfying shower.

Your showerhead is a water-waster if it fills a gallon bucket in 20 seconds. To find out how much water and money you could save in your home with water-saving improvements, use the calculator at EPA.gov.

2. Add Aerators to Your Faucets

Estimated Time: About 5 minutes per faucet
Estimated Cost: $2 to $10

You can save another 500 gallons of water annually simply by replacing a standard aerator, which delivers more than 2.5 gallons per minute, with a low-flow one, with a flow of 0.5 to 1 gallon per minute. The low-flow aerators will cut water and energy usage while maintaining adequate water pressure. Unsure whether your faucets are water wasters? Put a quart container under the sink faucet and let 'er flow. If the container fills in less than five seconds, get busy.

In the kitchen you might want greater flow, say 2 to 4 gallons per minute, for filling a pot or the sink.

3. Install a Water-Efficient Toilet

Estimated Time: One hour
Estimated Cost: $200 or more

EPA estimates that a family of four that replaces a home's older toilets with WaterSense-labeled models will, on average, can save more than $90 annually on their water bill and $2,000 over the toilet's lifetime.

Concerned about performance? Read the rave reviews of the American Standard Cadet 3 high-efficiency toilet ($198) at Home Depot. For example, "... easy to install and flushes like no tomorrow. You hit that handle, your problems disappear." For how to install tips Bob Vila can help you. If you still don't feel comfortable, you can always hire a contractor for about $150.

4. Switch to CFLs

Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Cost: $2 to $15 for specialty bulbs

As the days get shorter, you'll keep on the lights longer. Now's a good time to switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Energy-Star qualified CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescents.

Start with your five most frequently used fixtures and you can save more than $65 annually. Don't forget about your hardest-to-reach locations, too. Don't want to climb a ladder? Use the Bayco 11-foot Light Bulb Changer ($20).

5. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Estimated Time: A half hour
Estimated Cost: $25 to $250

With a programmable thermostat you can preset temperatures for your home that will automatically reduce heating and cooling when you don't need it as much. Energy Star says an average household can save about $180 annually on their energy bills by properly setting their programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings.

This is a low-voltage wiring installation that will involve 2 to 10 wires. If you don't feel comfortable following the instructions, a heating-and-air-conditioning contractor will probably charge you $75 to $150 for installation

6. Build or Install an Insulated Attic Hatch

Estimated Time: Several hours
Estimated Cost: $30 if DIY; $30 to $240 for ready-made models

If your attic entry is uninsulated your home gains heat in summer and loses it in winter, jacking up your energy bills.

You also have your choice of several, ready-made products. Check out: Battic Door Home Energy Conservation Products, The Energy Guardian Kits, the Attic Tent and the Draft Cap.

7. Stop Chimney Drafts

Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Cost: $55 for ready-made draftstopper

Even with the damper closed, in winter your home's heated air goes up the chimney and in summer hot outdoor air comes down. When you're not using it your fireplace, plug the flue with a chimney balloon like the Draftstopper from Battic Door Energy Conservation Products.

For a really cheap alternative, you can make one out of an old seat cushion or a pillow placed in a heavy plastic bag. Stuff the cushion into the flue and tie a long tail to it, so you don't forget about it the next time you make a fire.

8. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater

Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Cost: $0

To ensure your water heater's performance and longevity, drain it annually to get rid of accumulated sediment -- sand, minerals or other non-soluble stuff that settles at the bottom of the tank. A good tip-off that you need to do this? The heater sounds like a coffee pot, making bubbling or burping noises.

The basic strategy: Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the rank and run it outdoors or to a utility tub.

9. Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses

Estimated Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Cost: $10 to $20

Washing machine hoses don't last forever, regardless of the material they're made from -- reinforced rubber of stainless-steel reinforced (even those touted as "burst-proof"). A broken one can deluge your home with hundreds of gallons of water per hour, and your homeowners insurance probably won't cover the flood.

Check the hoses frequently for rusting, bulging, cracking, fraying and leaks -- signs that you should replace the hoses now. Otherwise, State Farm recommends that you replace them every three to five years. While you're at it, check the hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers and refrigerator icemakers.

10. Add Insulating Window Treatments

Estimated Time: One hour for drapes; half hour per blind
Estimated Cost: $30 to $200 and up

You can increase your comfort and cut your energy bills this winter with thermal window coverings. Duette Architella honeycomb shades, by Hunter Douglas (from $202 per blind), is the only window covering that qualifies for the federal energy-efficiency tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to a maximum of $1,500, if you install them before December 31. The shade more than doubles the insulating value of a double-paned, low E window (when "inside mounted" and fully recessed within the window casement).

Other options: Country Curtains sells foam-backed thermal curtains and insulated liners that you can hang behind your existing curtains with heavy-duty double rods that hold curtain and liner.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sorry

Hey sorry for not posting anything in the last few days, Ive not been home or able to get on a computer, Ill get something up today and should be back on schedule.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Piano

A short film, I went to school with the guy who helped make this so thats pretty cool, comment it and share! VERY good short film.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Funny Asian Prankshow Thing

I don't know why I think this is so funny, probably because I haven't slept for like 30 hours, I crack up at the :34 part, he's like "Huh? thats him!" lololol

Funny Talk Show Host.

This guy laughs at his guests' voices, you might have already seen it, but it's well worth the watch lol!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Everyday Words that Shakespear Invented.

# accommodation
# aerial
# amazement
# apostrophe
# assassination
# auspicious
# baseless
# bloody
# bump
# castigate
# changeful
# clangor
# control (noun)
# countless
# courtship
# critic
# critical
# dexterously
# dishearten
# dislocate
# dwindle
# eventful
# exposure
# fitful
# frugal
# generous
# gloomy
# gnarled
# hurry
# impartial
# inauspicious
# indistinguishable
# invulnerable
# lapse
# laughable
# lonely
# majestic
# misplaced
# monumental
# multitudinous
# obscene
# palmy
# perusal
# pious
# premeditated
# radiance
# reliance
# road
# sanctimonious
# seamy
# sportive
# submerge
# suspicious

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Inspirational Video

I know this is a daily blog, but I'm going to leave this up for two, maybe three days so everyone can have a chance to see it. Enjoy your coffee!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hhahahahahahahaha

I don't know if you guys will think this is funny, but I laughed my ass off, he's mad that toys r us doesn't have coloring books.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Craning

What craning is basically, you find a construction site and clime the tallest crane they have with NO protection. You have the risk of falling, electrocution, and serious jail time. These guys to pull ups off of it!

SKIP TO 2:00 TO GET TO THE GOOD PART