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"Blowing from a cannon" claims to be one of execution method by British raj in India. below image in a painting /r/ALL

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u/Affectionate_Duck347 Sep 24 '22

“The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head is seen to go straight up into the air some forty or fifty feet; the arms fly off right and left, high up in the air, and fall at, perhaps, a hundred yards distance; the legs drop to the ground beneath the muzzle of the gun; and the body is literally blown away altogether, not a vestige being seen”

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u/Kemalist_din_adami Sep 24 '22

Humans can be one the most creative mfs in the universe when it comes to killing each other.

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u/slingshot91 Sep 24 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Starry

“My mother was an atheist. She used to say that there was good news and bad news about hell. The good news is, hell is just the product of a morbid human imagination. The bad news is, whatever humans can imagine, they can usually create.”

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u/retrogreq Sep 24 '22

Surface Detail by Ian M Banks

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u/Tesseract257 Sep 24 '22

The alive and removed head in The Algebraist enters the chat

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u/Incredulouslaughter Sep 24 '22

Ah Luceferous's toothy tearful boxing bag

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u/EvilPyroManiac Sep 24 '22

A man with experience of coming up with some very messed up stiff

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u/wang_wen Sep 24 '22

You know, my father was a drinker, and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit.

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u/rasquatche Sep 24 '22

I have also seen Severance

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u/GustavoSugawara Sep 24 '22

How about imagining Half Life 3?

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u/Dangerous_Trash4998 Sep 24 '22

Who else is gonna do it? Aliens don't get here for another 100 years or so, with their new innovations of homicide.

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u/olympianfap Sep 24 '22

Imagine if we were given warning that aliens were coming in 100 years. What would we get up to?

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u/ashdog66 Sep 24 '22

Splinter into tribes and kill each other before they arrive.

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u/APoopingBook Sep 24 '22

No they meant what would we do differently.

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u/Xalterai Sep 25 '22

Jerk off to a lot of alien porn and craft an Alien cum totem to present them upon their arrival with a centuries worth of cum from across the globe, putting them off so much with our rancid biomatter that they leave our planet to never come back out of sheer disgust

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u/RespectableLurker555 Sep 25 '22

No they meant what would we do differently.

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u/KatrinaMystery Sep 24 '22

Damn, I was kinda picturing a human cannonball. This is just gore.

Can't figure out how to solve traffic problems, but we've got lots of ways to kill a fella. Well done, humanity.

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u/Mewwy_Quizzmas Sep 24 '22

Already solved.

Trains.

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u/pygame Sep 24 '22

That’s both problems solved

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u/Latiasracer Sep 24 '22

But consider this :

What if we added just one more lane....

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u/SCP-4494 Sep 24 '22

Also, use of intersection crossing guards for better timed flow of traffic. They use to have them when the lights went out and at schools with personal control over changing the lights, but stopped using them entirely.....

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u/VSWR_on_Christmas Sep 24 '22

Depending on the density of the area and time of day, some places intentionally retard the flow of traffic in one direction more than the other, using a coordinated network of traffic lights. This allows more optimal flow of traffic overall, even though it may not seem that way from the perspective of a single intersection. It's not always ideal to maximize the flow of traffic, as you run the risk of creating a gridlock situation.

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u/OBERGRUPENFUHRER Sep 24 '22

Sounds painless

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u/IotaCandle Sep 24 '22

The point is to desecrate the body and scare others into compliance.

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u/Doc_Seismic Sep 24 '22

And those few seconds when your brain is still working as your head goes flying into the air were probably a wild ride.

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u/JPFulladicchesse Sep 24 '22

My money is on instantaneous loss of consciousness.

You’ll need blood to enjoy the experience, your head likely won’t have any.

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u/dharmaslum Sep 24 '22

There will still be some blood in there, but the concussive force of the cannon ripping your body apart will knock you unconscious before you even feel it.

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u/S_A_N_D_ Sep 24 '22

There is blood in there but the blood pressure drops to zero nearly instantaneously which leads to loss of consciousness on the same time-frame.

The brain cells don't die immediately, and there can be some involuntarily movements of the mouth and eyes, but the accepted medical pathology is that consciousness is lost pretty much immediately.

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u/pawpaw_git Sep 24 '22

The really bad news in all that is that experiments on the subject are unethical, generally illegal, and therefore difficult to reproduce; so the only way to be sure is to try it yourself

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u/ImInevitableyall Sep 24 '22

Yea, you can knock somebody out in a few seconds with a blood choke, and that's WITH blood pressure, you'd likely instantly pass out as any remaining blood pressure squirts out the place your neck used to be.

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u/Esc_ape_artist Sep 24 '22

Yeah, agreed, but not because of the blood. If the story about how far the head flew so quickly, the odds are instant loss of consciousness due to the impact/acceleration. Wouldn’t even know what happened.

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u/Trextrev Sep 24 '22

I’m the days of execution by guillotine in France a few different scientists tried to answer the question of were you still conscious and for how long once your head was severed. Sadly they didn’t have the modern tech to monitor brain waves so relied on rehearsed signals with the soon to be deceased. Usually in exchange for making their last days more comfortable with food, drink. woman, and the like.

If the results are to be believed, then a person is in fact conscious for about 10 seconds or so after decapitation. Though the guillotine is a far less traumatic removal of one’s head compared to a cannon, for which the concussive forces would likely render one unconscious immediately.

The point being though that there is enough blood in your head to keep you alert for a short period.

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u/drlawrie Sep 24 '22

Use of the guillotine was still legal into 1977 so we had some technology that could have captured data.

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u/Trextrev Sep 24 '22

Yes if they wanted to try them again, though modern laws might have considered a new study unethical. It really doesn’t have a lot of scientific merit.

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u/Lushon89 Sep 24 '22

Ahh, yes the great poet Karl Pilkington touched on this subject once.

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u/-SaC Sep 24 '22

"An' it was chattin' away and that, answerin' questions..."

"Stop! Talking! Shit!"

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u/Most-Weight-7461 Sep 24 '22

I was going to say, it doesn’t sound like such a bad way to go.

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u/Feezec Sep 24 '22

Iirc this was done because the victims' religion required specific funeral rates to enter heaven. So even if the execution itself was painless, the psychological pain leading up to it was deliberately cruel

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u/shniken Sep 24 '22

Doesn't sound great for your family to go picking up your giblets after

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u/Most-Weight-7461 Sep 24 '22

I will say if my family had to be present at my execution, and I could choose my method of execution, I’d probably pick something less messy, like getting sniped, and tell them to close their eyes. But then again I truly wish to never have to be in that situation.

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u/Lotiboi Sep 24 '22

The reason it is bad is because they did it specifically to people whose religion required their body to be buried in one piece

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u/funwhileitlast3d Sep 24 '22

Well fuck.

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u/Fauxjito Sep 24 '22

This was the established M.O. of the British Empire in general and the East India Company in particular - it’s not enough just to kill them, you have to also ensure you prevent them from being able to qualify for their afterlife. Brutal.

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u/Most-Weight-7461 Sep 24 '22

That is genuinely horrible… we’re a messed up species.

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u/TheJenniferLopez Sep 24 '22

And to think I was going to give them kudos for at least choosing a less painful method...

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u/Hagge5 Sep 24 '22

Iirc, it's bad if you're a Hindu if your body parts goes missing after death. I don't think the British implemented it for humanitarian reasons.

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u/gneiman Sep 24 '22

They specifically implemented it for unhumanitarian reasons

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u/AnEbolaOfCereal Sep 24 '22

Looney Tunes ass death

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u/AgoraiosBum Sep 24 '22

as head flies through air

"I hope you realize, this means war"

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u/Trextrev Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

I also heard that for extra torture some of these men would be force fed pork or beef based on their religion. Blowing someone to bits is one thing, trying to deny them entry into the afterlife is a whole other level of cruel.

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u/teal_appeal Sep 25 '22

Well, the blowing to bits part was also an attempt to deny them entry to the afterlife (or a good reincarnation, depending). In Hinduism especially, specific burial rites that require a largely intact body at the outset are important. The idea is that you have to do a ritual preparation and cleansing of the body and then do a cremation. The cremation releases the spirit so it can move on to the next step in the reincarnation process. If the body is destroyed without the appropriate rituals, the spirit either gets trapped or is released without being able to move on (I think different sects have different beliefs on what exactly happens, but this is just my basic understanding from comparative religion class in college, so I’m open to correction lol). So this method of execution is especially inhumane because it’s intended to essentially psychologically torture the victims and their communities and families.

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u/Y34rZer0 Sep 24 '22 Silver Wholesome Masterpiece

The real torture would be having to wait there while some guy finishes an oil painting

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u/Purple_Tuxedo Sep 24 '22

When you’re getting executed and some jerk is over there painting you

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u/Iwillcommentevrywhr Sep 24 '22

Try to capture my good side

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u/tamsui_tosspot Sep 24 '22

And having to listen as he mutters to himself about “happy little cannons.”

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u/Seasonunending- Sep 24 '22

They’re not mistakes, they’re happy accidents

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u/cherrybaggle Sep 24 '22

Wiki.

Things did not always work out according to plan at such executions. At a mass execution at Firozpur
in 1857, there was an order that blank cartridge should be used, but
some guns were loaded with grapeshot instead. Several of the spectators
facing the cannons were hit by the grapeshot and some had to have limbs
amputated as a result. In addition, some of the soldiers had not been
withdrawn properly and sustained injuries from being hit by pieces of
flesh and bone.[15] In another case, a soldier who was to be shot managed to fall down just as the shot went off, with the following result:[16]
One wretched fellow slipped from
the rope by which he was tied to the guns just before the explosion, and
his arm was nearly set on fire. While hanging in his agony under the
gun, a sergeant applied a pistol to his head; and three times the cap
snapped, the man each time wincing from the expected shot. At last, a
rifle was fired into the back of his head, and the blood poured out of
the nose and mouth like water from a briskly handled pump. This was the
most horrible sight of all. I have seen death in all its forms, but
never anything to equal this man's end.
Others reported how birds of prey circled above the execution place and swooped down to catch pieces of human flesh in the air,[17] while others were nauseated by the dogs
loitering about the place of execution and rushing to the scene to
devour some of the body pieces spread around as a result of the
execution.

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u/vgodara Sep 24 '22

That's not the worst the thing about 1857 rebellion aftermath. It was the silently mass killing of village which they suspected helped people during the rebellion. I mean 100s of villages were wiped clean and corpse were hung up on the road to create a environment of fear. This type of mass killing eventually led to labour shortage.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/aug/24/india.randeepramesh.

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u/SeekerSpock32 Sep 24 '22

Interesting information but you probably should’ve hit control shift V, so the formatting would be appropriate.

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u/cherrybaggle Sep 24 '22

control shift V,

TIL... Thx :)

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u/Ok-Low6320 Sep 25 '22

Several of the spectators facing the cannons

I found the problem. Dummies.

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u/Sewcraytes Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22 Bravo Grande!

Funny, it was the Brits who considered themselves the “civilized“ ones.

Update: I have been informed by a subject of His Royal Majesty King Charles III that

”There are a few entities that have spread more liberal ideals and modern technology than the British Empire.”

So, I guess when we look at this painting we are witnessing the benevolence of the White Savior. And now for a cup of tea….. 🙄

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u/MightGuy420x Sep 24 '22

That seems messy

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u/TigerUSA20 Sep 24 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

Guess that’s why they appear to be in the middle of the desert and not my grandmother’s dining room where no one was ever allowed.

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u/YeahButUmm Sep 24 '22

Oh I can't go in the dinning room because you need to keep it nice and clean but that stack of folded bedsheets and curtains can sit on the table unmoved for 2 years next to the sewing machine and 3 perpetually empty cake dishes.

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u/Cannabisreviewpdx-IG Sep 24 '22 Gold Wholesome

Italian grandparent flashbacks here.

When you visit, they keep the plastic on the couch and everything in the sitting room covered up, because they want to be sure it looks nice in case they have visitors. It's pretty much a Couch-22.

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u/TMag12 Sep 24 '22

But what if Christ returns and happens to visit for tea?

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u/blasphembot Sep 24 '22

An important consideration to be sure

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u/oplontino Sep 24 '22

Literally the most important consideration for an old school Italian grandmother

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u/RoyHarper88 Sep 24 '22

I'm glad my grandparents never did this. I just wasn't allowed upstairs from the end of October until after Christmas because they hadn't put the laundry away.

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u/cosmicjed Sep 24 '22

Sounds like they were growing weed

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u/Cannabisreviewpdx-IG Sep 24 '22

At these same grandparents house they got raided because my grandpa was moving pounds of weed, at a time where I lived with them. My grandma describes it as "One night I was holding you, and I look out the window and all these ninjas were rushing up outside." so this story tracks 😂

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u/Anniesoptera Sep 24 '22

Relevant username?

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u/knullsmurfen Sep 24 '22

Nobody was allowed in grandpa's study, because he needed his quiet time god damn it, and by god, with every right. In memoriam, J.

I still believe a private quiet space is fundamental to a succesful marriage.

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u/Street-Ad8011 Sep 24 '22

SNAP!

This shit triggered Vision’s of my Jamaican grandparents. They also kept the plastic on the couch!!!

Fuck I miss em and love em dearly :)

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u/teenagesadist Sep 24 '22

The visitors are their friends or church members, most likely.

You're "just family".

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u/murielscapt Sep 24 '22

Now you know why they have those plastic furniture covers .

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u/HIV_again Sep 24 '22

To avoid the splooge while watching cable tv porn on mute!

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u/noxx1234567 Sep 24 '22

That was the intention , oftentimes the executions were carried out in front of friends and families

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u/Thawing-icequeen Sep 24 '22

Same as why they did execution by crushing the condemned to death with an elephant.

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u/I-WANT2SEE-CUTE-TITS Sep 24 '22

And the body is spread all over the field. Which makes for very difficult last rites and ritual cremation.

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u/SkyJohn Sep 24 '22

Yeah sure you die quickly but then they're going to ask your wife and kids to pick up your body parts.

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u/npopular-opinions Sep 24 '22

As described by an onlooker:

“The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head is seen to go straight up into the air some forty or fifty feet; the arms fly off right and left, high up in the air, and fall at, perhaps, a hundred yards distance; the legs drop to the ground beneath the muzzle of the gun; and the body is literally blown away altogether, not a vestige being seen.”

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u/Fyrefawx Sep 24 '22

Certainly one of the quickest methods I’ve heard of. I’d 100% prefer this to hanging or something else.

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u/npopular-opinions Sep 24 '22

For sure. I feel like a bullet to the noggin might still be better but then again I’ve never experienced either so this might not be so bad.

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u/fakehalo Sep 24 '22

Canonball to the head, best of both worlds.

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u/Randrufer Sep 24 '22

Absolutely. A little bullet to the head is creepy. I can't imagine what it is like to have a bullet in your damaged brain. What would that feel like? Thx no.

But a cannon ball destroying your head? Your life should be over before you're brain can even react. And since your brain in gone, you can't feel anything

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u/MightyGamera Sep 24 '22

The shock and force probably turns your lights out immediately with this method.

The mercy of it is probably secondary to the brutality and indignity of this display.

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u/BrazenBull Sep 24 '22

Some of the medieval execution methods were brutal.

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u/TheTacoWombat Sep 24 '22

Breaking via wheel: the victim is tied to the ground. The executioner takes a large wooden wheel. If he was asked to show mercy, he would brain you with the wheel first, an instant (hopefully, if he wasn't drunk) death. If no mercy, he starts at your ankles, slamming the wagon wheel on your ankles, and working it up on your body, one blow at a time, until you die.

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u/AskAboutMyCoffee Sep 24 '22

When you want to drawl and quarter your victim with the easy button instead of manually like an idiot.

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u/DanHam117 Sep 24 '22

Drawl and quartering - the preferred method of execution in the American South

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u/OliverPossum Sep 24 '22

First and foremost, ya'll are gettin' a bit big fer yer breeches, makin' a-like we all tawk like that. Some might, I reckon they do, in fact. But most of us are educated.

Secondly, I love the mental image that put into my head. Just a guy surrounded by Appalachian folk talking at him until his body just tears apart. Specifically the Methodist Women's Group and the Baptist Ladies Group teaming up. Thank you for the laugh.

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u/sticky-bit Sep 24 '22

It seems considerably more expensive than a bullet to the back of the head.

In both cases the person pulling the trigger damn well knows they're killing someone.

(With a firing squad, one out of ten marksmen get a blank round, giving someone a small bit of consolation that they have tiny odds that they weren't the killer. Of course of you are at all familiar with your firearm you know that a blank has a different recoil.)

I guess the painting depicts a large crowd in the background, so this flamboyant method might be intended to serve as a deterrent.

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u/entropy_bucket Sep 24 '22

But doesn't this do crazy trauma to the onlookers? This must damage you psychologically no?

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u/Dank_Drebin Sep 24 '22

Good. If someone is killing me, or even just spectating, I want it to be traumatic.

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u/brownhotdogwater Sep 24 '22

That is the point. You don’t mess around or this will be you.

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u/Broken_Petite Sep 24 '22

I bet people would intentionally show up to watch this shit.

No Internet. 🤷

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u/Kronos9898 Sep 24 '22

Humans used to be different with this kind of stuff. Public executions used to be a like a "day at the park" thing that people would do.

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u/GhostOfPluto Sep 24 '22

These days indifference to death takes place online

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u/BillyMackk Sep 24 '22

Messy but quick.

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u/Helgafjell4Me Sep 24 '22

Ya, definitely not the worst way to go. More effective than a bullet.

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u/NeatGift906 Sep 24 '22

What kills faster? A bullet to the skull or a canon ball?

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u/Sofrigginslippery Sep 24 '22

I don't know if they loaded a ball. The charge alone would be enough to kill you, it's safer and more cost effective.

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u/ImNotAWhaleBiologist Sep 24 '22

Probably less likely to damage the cannon as well.

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u/Deradius Sep 24 '22

Well, I’m going to assume you mean as was done in the painting for the cannon ball. We’ll also assume the rifle slug passes through the brain stem.

Eyewitness accounts suggest that in the cannon situation the body was often vaporized and the head and limbs blown in different directions.

When that level of impact hits the body, the pressure wave is going to travel up the great vessels, into the brain, and cause massive aneurysm all over the brain more or less instantaneously.

So the difference would be negligible. In either case, from your point of view, you would likely cease to exist.

If I had to pick, I’d choose the cannon. With the rifle there’s a chance of missing something vital and just causing tremendous suffering instead of instant death.

So similar outcomes, but greater chance of success with the cannon.

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u/tom_tencats Sep 24 '22

“you would likely cease to exist.” Yes, quite.

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u/Icy_Barracuda_87 Sep 24 '22

People survive headshot wounds...

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u/Solilunaris Sep 24 '22

If they survive they pick up the pieces and load them as ammo instead the second time.

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u/ihavenolifeee Sep 24 '22

Probably even worse for them to survive in this case.

Cannon death attempt 2

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u/Icy_Barracuda_87 Sep 24 '22

"How did you miss? He was tied to the cannon!"

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u/gheebutersnaps87 Sep 24 '22

The Monty Python vibes from this

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u/Eaton_Rifles Sep 24 '22

There was a case where a detached hand hit an onlooker so it safe to assume a fairly rapid unscheduled disassembly.

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u/sethboy66 Sep 24 '22

You mean a rapid scheduled disassembly.

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u/Eaton_Rifles Sep 24 '22

I think that depends on which side of the barrel you are...😳

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u/Fluffy_Palpitation31 Sep 24 '22

And expensive

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

He is standing that close likely since there is probably no canonball. Pressure from a light powder load should still mulch him

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u/zpeed Sep 24 '22

"The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head is seen to go straight up into the air some forty or fifty feet; the arms fly off right and left, high up in the air, and fall at, perhaps, a hundred yards distance; the legs drop to the ground beneath the muzzle of the gun; and the body is literally blown away altogether, not a vestige being seen." -Source

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u/Stachemaster86 Sep 24 '22 Wholesome

So that’s what canonized means

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u/npopular-opinions Sep 24 '22 Helpful

Officially canon.

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u/trixter21992251 Sep 24 '22

Canon in D more like Canon in the A

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u/un-sub Sep 24 '22

Gives a whole new meaning to “head canon!”

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u/unclefire Sep 24 '22

It is absolutely crazy how many different ways humans have come up with executing each other.

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u/npopular-opinions Sep 24 '22

It’s not about the execution, it’s about sending a message.

-A guy with way too many cannonballs

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u/chortlecoffle Sep 24 '22

You don't need a cannonball.

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u/-SpankBankTank- Sep 24 '22

YOU don't need a cannonball!

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u/jefferson497 Sep 24 '22

Didn’t Kim Jung Un do something similar to “a criminal”? Only his was with an anti aircraft gun

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u/Proglamer Sep 24 '22

Even Kim's projectiles are small

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u/BKestRoi Sep 24 '22

I doubt anyone could read the note taped to the cannonball after it went through a person.

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u/DownRedditHole Sep 24 '22

Those guys on the sides did not consider the splash factor.

And imagine having to clean up the equipment afterwards.

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u/LordSevolox Sep 24 '22

That’s why the uniforms were red /s

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u/musical_shares Sep 24 '22

Maybe they started out white

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u/angmarsilar Sep 24 '22

They bought tickets to the splash zone.

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u/Aka2005 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

It's a painting, I think the painter didn't consider it

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u/npopular-opinions Sep 24 '22

George Carter Stent described it as follows:

“The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head is seen to go straight up into the air some forty or fifty feet; the arms fly off right and left, high up in the air, and fall at, perhaps, a hundred yards distance; the legs drop to the ground beneath the muzzle of the gun; and the body is literally blown away altogether, not a vestige being seen.”

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u/LegfaceMcCullenE13 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

The Taliban did this too, they’d use Gustav recoileless rifles and anti-aircraft guns

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u/AshyWhiteGuy Sep 24 '22

Agreed. Just a quick red cloud and you’re gone.

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u/tideshark Sep 24 '22

You’d be mist before your brain could even get a pain signal in

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u/Swords_and_Words Sep 24 '22

Heck you'd possibly be mist before the shell even hit you

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u/khafra Sep 24 '22

I have read that, at least in the British method, they used a powder load but no ball. And yes, tied to the front it was plenty.

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u/MoffKalast Sep 24 '22

"He was wondering why the shell was getting bigger until it hit him. He will be mist."

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u/largePenisLover Sep 24 '22

Gustav recoiled rifle

probably not, the Gustav recoilless rifle is a bazooka.
I guess you could kill someone with the backblast

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u/XchrisZ Sep 24 '22

2 for 1? Expensive round best to get your money's worth.

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u/Gulanga Sep 24 '22

Not to mention that the projectile does not arm until it has traveled 30 meters, so you'd end up with a 8.4cm hole and no explosion. Granted, that is quite bothersome as is.

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u/FoilHattiest Sep 24 '22

Yeah I'd find it downright irritating personally.

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u/mccrackened Sep 24 '22

Welp, that’ll do it

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u/triflingmagoo Sep 24 '22

Sounds dangerous (for the people around the condemned). Bones make for excellent sources of shrapnel.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

You're certainly not wrong there.

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u/Etienne0405 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

This method of execution was used to make the accused suffer in not only this life, but in the afterlife also. They believed when cremated, they had to have every bit of body in there, if not they could'nt go to the afterlife. But when you get blown to pieces, that becomes a very difficult thing to do..

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u/HobbyistAccount Sep 24 '22

There's also the fact that IIRC they'd LEAVE YOU THERE FOR A WHILE, so you had to wonder just when they'd touch off the fuse. Nothing like adding psychological torture to actual torture.

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u/LavenderDay3544 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Hindus i.e. the majority of Indians don't bury their dead they cremate them and place the ashes in a river.

Source: was raised Hindu

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u/Etienne0405 Sep 24 '22

Thanks, I corrected the mistake. I learned this in high school because it was astounding to me that people can come up with such terrors of torture methods, so I remembered it. However vaguely.

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u/BigJSunshine Sep 24 '22

This is horrific.

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u/MrDelicious84 Sep 24 '22

I’d rather something explosive and quick like this than being strapped to a table and injected and just waiting for it to take effect

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u/guesting Sep 24 '22

Yep numbs you and stops your breathing and heartbeat. Freaks me out

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u/morebuffs Sep 24 '22

Still is in north Korea apparently

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u/Cauchy2323 Sep 24 '22

Came here to say this. Kim Jong Un executed his uncle this way I think.

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u/MrSplashman24 Sep 24 '22

Apparently Kim Jong Un played the song Firework by Katy Perry while executing him

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u/garciasn Sep 24 '22

Torture before a quick and painless death. Seems like something a NK dictator would do.

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u/larrylevan Sep 24 '22

No that was all propaganda bullshit. There were stories and then his uncle showed up in photos and videos several months later clearly alive. So many of the stories about NK are just propaganda from critics and defectors.

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u/chromaZero Sep 24 '22

Thank you. Some people don’t understand that propaganda against terrible governments is still propaganda.

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u/LingonberryPuzzled47 Sep 24 '22

Lol that was pure propaganda

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u/121gigawhatevs Sep 24 '22

Every comment chain here:

"This is barbaric"

"So was everyone else"

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u/letmepostjune22 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Vikings were Pussys tbh, they went around raping, enslaving, and murdering poorly or undefended civilians. When they came up against an organised defence they regularly got smacked

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u/robinsandmoss Sep 24 '22

It was actually a Mughal execution method originally, but one adopted by the British following the 1857 Rebellion.

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u/Loki1time Sep 24 '22

Ironic that this method of execution (picked up from the moghuls and not used anywhere else in the empire) was seen as a more humane method of execution than whipping to death.

The religious aspect (no proper burial) might be cause for disagreement on that but I gotta say I kind of agree.

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u/Ask_Individual Sep 24 '22

This practice was also brutal in a psychological way.

Because the remains of the victim were scattered all over the place, they were denied the Hindu or Muslim funeral rites, which, for believers, extended the punishment into the next life. This was intentional because the practice was intended to send a message to others and quash future rebellions.

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u/mushy_cactus Sep 24 '22

Amazing that humans can create so many crafty ways to kill a person, considering it doesn't take much. But creating things that are good for our health? Forget about it.

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u/dolldishes Sep 24 '22

The Brits were brutal in their domination of others.

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u/mrg1957 Sep 24 '22

I spent a say in the Tower of London, there's a whole section devoted to how they would torture others. Not nice.

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u/yehcheersaye Sep 24 '22

There is a whole torture museum in Prague… humans are horrible sometimes!

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u/pazhalsta1 Sep 24 '22

I went there quite hungover, it did not improve matters.

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u/RedShirtDecoy Sep 24 '22

I didnt visit the tower but in the early 2000s when I was there I visited a place called "The London Dungeon". Its still there according to google.

Was a pretty trippy and interesting place to visit. It is basically a museum of the worst of the worst in london history. Torture devices, the plague, fire of 1666, Jack the Ripper, and a few others I cant remember. Definitely left an impression.

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u/Grelymolycremp Sep 24 '22

Wait till you meet Belgium

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u/ratherenjoysbass Sep 24 '22

Or France, or the Dutch, or the Romans, or the Portuguese, or the Ottomans, or the Nazis, or the....

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u/scurvydog-uldum Sep 24 '22

Cannonization of martyrs