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Torture: Crocodile Shears

The crocodile shears were a torture instrument usually reserved for men. These shears were made of metal, and operated very similarly to pincers. The insides of the blades/mouth were lined with smaller spikes. After being heated, the crocodile shears were applied to the victim’s penis, which was then ripped from his body. This instrument is said to have been used […]

Torture: Spanish Donkey

The Spanish Donkey, also known as the Wooden Horse (and possibly the Morgan’s Mule used on Confederate prisoners during the Civil War) is said to have been used primarily during the Spanish Inquisition. As pictured, it had a triangular wooden shape, pointing upward, and is mounted on horse-leg like support poles. The upward point was sharpened […]

American Government Pays Protection to Muslim Pirates

It all starts with the Barbary corsairs (another word for what we would call a pirate or privateer)…  ————— Quick terminology lesson: Pirate: generally considered to not be affiliated with any nation, or displaying any strong national predilection, or distinction, between attacking one nation’s ships over another’s Privateer: generally “licensed” by a governing official to lay […]

Update: 10 deadliest cults post

Almost exactly 3 years ago, I blogged about the 10 deadliest cults in the world. One of those cults was the Chicago Rippers, allegedly responsible for the deaths and disappearances of 18 women. If you want to know more about this you can view that post here. I mentioned that one of the “members”, Thomas […]

Kuru: The Cannibal’s Disease

Kuru is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder endemic to tribal regions of Papua New Guinea. It is a type of transmissible “spongiform encephalopathy”, caused by the consumption of a prion found in humans. Kuru causes brain and nervous system changes similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Similar diseases appear in cows as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or […]

Budget Halloween pt 3

Shredded cheesecloth and plastic bones make for a scary entrance to the Haunted House.   Love Nightmare on Elm St? What better way to show it than by commemorating that classic ditty. Just grab a dirty/torn up sheet and some finger paint. Don’t worry about your handwriting, the more juvenile the creepier.   You know […]

Tom Ogle Conspiracy

You haven’t heard of him? I’m not surprised.  Tom Ogle invented a vapor-fuel intake system, in 1977, for all automobiles.  His system could be affixed to any existing car engine, and would enable the car to travel 100 miles on one gallon of gas.  He claimed that the emissions were clean enough that you could dry your […]