The process of binding feet starts before the arch is fully develop

For almost a thousand years the little girls of China would have their feet tightly wrapped in bandages in hopes of stopping the foot’s growth. This caused their toes to curl and the feet to shrivel in on themselves and creating the illusion of petite feet when they were actually just deforming and crippling themselves and their children. Feet measuring no longer than three inches and crescent in shape were the most desired. In addition to being a symbol of beauty, smaller feet reflected a higher social status and wealth. After all, women who didn’t need their feet to work must have Continue reading

The Mayans used to sacrifice people by pulling their still-beating hearts out of their chests

Human sacrifice in Maya culture was a ritual offering of nourishment to the gods. Blood from any living creature was considered a potent source of nourishment, so by extension, the sacrifice of a human life was the ultimate offering there was. Generally, it was high-status prisoners of war that were sacrificed, and a number of different methods were employed. The most common being decapitation and heart extraction. Other forms of sacrifice practiced included ritual shooting with arrows, hurling sacrifices into a deep sinkhole, entombing the sacrifice alive (to accompany a noble burial), and Continue reading

The Catholic Church used a hand crushing machine in the 15th century to punish those with “greedy hands."

This insane, diabolical hand crushing machine was actually used by members of the Catholic Church back in the 15th century to punish those with “greedy hands.” And here we thought it was “idle hands that did the devil’s work”... hate to see what the church would do to a pair of those! Sadly, this contraption isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to torture devices. Human beings of all cultures and religions have always found the most horrific ways to inflict punishment on others. Thankfully this disturbing little number has been long retired! Continue reading

Criminals could be locked up in a wooden box in Mongolia

This disturbing photo was taken in July 1913 by French photographer Albert Kahn. He often took trips through exotic countries and it was during a visit in Mongolia that he happened upon this woman who had been condemned to slow and painful starvation. She was boxed up in what would become her tomb (as can be seen here) and deposited in a remote desert. There were bowls of water on the ground and the prisoner is allowed to beg passerby for food, though not much is given. The photographer was forced to leave her there, it would be against a prime directive of anthropologists to intervene in a Continue reading

In the early 20th century, individuals would sometimes elect to have death masks made of the recently deceased

Death masks are sometimes wax or plaster cast of a mold that was taken from the face of a dead person. Essentially, a death mask is a true portrait of the dead, although some changes can be made if desired. Sometimes changes are made to the eyes of the mask in order to make it appear as though the subject were still alive…. Super unnerving. Since ancient Egypt they have served as aids to portrait sculptors, and for the last few centuries they have been kept as mementos of the dead. Continue reading

If a wife talked too much during the Middle Ages, you were often forced to wear metal torture devices on their face to serve as punishment by their husbands

Apparently being a chatterbox or a nag back in the Middle Ages could get you strapped into this thing, or numerous other metal torture devices meant to be worn on the face. It was known by various names such as scold's bridle, a witch's bridle, a brank's bridle, or simply branks. Either way, it was an instrument of punishment, used as a form of torture and public humiliation. The devices had iron framework, screws, and sometimes a muzzle that enclosed the head. Though these were primarily used on women, the Burgh Records of Scotland's major towns reveal that the branks were also used on men Continue reading

When The Vagina Holds The Penis Captivus: Is The Sexual Affliction As Bad As It Sounds?

The name says it all. "Penis captivus" is the medical term for when the penis is essentially held captive by the vagina during sexual intercourse. It gets stuck, neither partner can separate the bond, and this is not a myth. But for as terrifying as it sounds, does its severity really live up to the hype? The idea of a penis getting stuck in a vagina might bring to mind the 2007 film Teeth, a comically absurd horror film about a teen girl whose vagina houses teeth — described in folk tales as vagina dentata — which sever every unknowing man’s member, especially when he’s committed a Continue reading

Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit

By Robin Pogrebin Oct. 2, 2017 The Louvre has withdrawn a large installation by a Dutch art and design collective for being sexually explicit — right on the heels of the Guggenheim’s decision to pull three controversial artworks from its upcoming China show. The piece — “Domestikator” by the collective Atelier Van Lieshout, whose outline depicts copulation — was to go on view on Oct. 19 in the Louvre’s Tuileries Gardens as part of Hors les Murs, a public art program organized by the Fiac contemporary art fair. “This is something that should not happen,” Joep van Lieshout, Continue reading

13-Year-Old Boy Charged with Assault for Blowing McDonald's French Fry Out of Straw

Thankfully, the fast food chain has already pledged to remove these dangerous French fry launchers from its restaurants. Last month, McDonald’s announced that it will soon start swapping its plastic straws for paper ones at its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It currently has 1,361 locations in the two countries, and those restaurants go through 1.8 million straws every day, according to the BBC. But just one of those 1.8 million straws was the focal point of a recent court case—and it’s the reason why a 13-year-old boy was charged with assault. In November, the boy and Continue reading