4 November 2009 03:30
Although not as gruesome as the Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered
or the The Brazen Bull
. The guillotine is one of the most notorious forms of execution.
Made up of a razor sharp blade attached to a rope, the victims head was placed in the middle of the frame and then the blade dropped with efficiency, causing the person to be decapitated almost instantly.
The guillotine is a seemingly humane method of execution until you consider that people potentially are still alive for a few moments following the act.
Crowds have reported that people who had been guillotined would blink their eyes or mouth words shortly after their heads had been cut off. Experts theorized that the swiftness of the blade had little impact on the brain, and didn't cause loss of consciousness. One doctor even reported witnessing a man's execution, and when he called the prisoner's name after his head was detached, the prisoner made eye contact with him, even focusing his pupils.
It's pretty Phucked up to know that your head is no longer attached to your body and you're still conscious.