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The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments” Pt 2

….Continued From the 13th to the end of the 17th century, particularly among the upper classes, impotence was one of the only grounds for divorce. In fact, in canonical (ecclesiastical) law, it was considered a deadly sin for an impotent man to marry, although there was nothing actually preventing him from doing so. The only means […]

The Fascinating History of Erectile Dysfunction: “Cures and Treatments”

Flaccid dick, through the ages   Around 1600 BC, the Egyptians believed that impotence was the result of a natural disorder or an evil spell. One of their remedies used to ward off the ED curse was grinding up baby crocodile hearts mixed with wood oil to rub on the penis.   Another of the Ancient […]

Torture: The Head Crusher

The head crusher was a torture device commonly used primarily by the Spanish Inquisition. The victim’s chin was placed over a bottom bar and the head under a upper metal cap. A screw was then slowly turned, which gradually compressed the head between the bar and cap. It is said that first, the victim’s teeth were smashed and the jaw crushed. Next, the eyes would be […]

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: Strappado

Because not all torture methods ended in death and dismemberment  A form of torture wherein the victim’s hands are tied behind their back with rope. The rope is then passed over a pulley and they are left to hang up by the wrists. The are two common variations of this device. In the first, the victim was […]

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 […]

Tomyris

Tomyris, The Female Ruler Who Killed Cyrus the Great   Tomyris was a widowed queen who ruled over a nomadic tribe called the Massagetae near modern day Kazakhstan around the sixth century B.C. They were a warrior tribe notable for their battle skills and cannibalistic tendencies (they had an honored ritual of sacrificing their elderly […]