In the Middle Ages there was a belief animals understood the concept of morality and possessed rationality. They were summoned to court, put on trial for a variety of offenses, and given the same punishments as humans. Lawyers defended pigs, rats, and sheep. Even flies and slugs faced judgement. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
The Code of Hammurabi banned selling beer for money, allowing it only to be bartered for barley. The punishment for selling beer for money was death by drowning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A school principal once made a student who'd gotten into trouble sit in the basement & read the U.S. Constitution as punishment. That student (who committed the Constitution to memory as a result) was Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first Black Supreme Court justice. uscourts.gov/educational-…
Collective punishments is a war crime, as stated in the Hague Regulations and the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions. ihl-databases.icrc.org/cu…
The first person executed by guillotine was a French highwayman named Nicolas Pelletier in 1792. This was done because decapitation was the only legal method of capital punishment and the executioner preferred not to use a sword as it reminded him of the former privileges of the nobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
During the Romanian Revolution in 1989, the Romanian dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu was captured by the new government and executed three days later after a quick show-trial. Two weeks later, Romania permanently abolished capital punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Psychology research shows that people love to hate do-gooders (especially at work). Highly co-operative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances. news.uoguelph.ca/2018/07/…
Women used to be literally gagged with an iron bridle and paraded about the town if their husbands or families complained about them. The 'scold's bridle' was also sometimes used as a judicial punishment for both men and women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
"An eye for an eye" is Hammurabi (the sixth king of the First Babylonian dynasty of the Amorite tribe) code of laws. It would be set punishments to meet the requirements of justice. ushistory.org/civ/4c.asp
In ancient Rome the punishment for killing a parent, the worst of all crimes, involved the perpetrator being sewn into a sack with a monkey, a snake, a dog and a chicken and then thrown into the Tiber to drown. historytoday.com/history-…
Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world, and since it has no long-term prison, the majority of the convictions result in fines instead of confinement and this is seen as a loophole that permits offenders to commit crimes without proper punishment. vatican.com/Crime-in-Vati…
The constitution of the short-lived Roman Republic was the first in the world to abolish capital punishment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned about Nutraloaf, a meat loaf found in prisons that is so bland that a court ruled that serving it to misbehaving prisoners is a "cruel and unsual punishment" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
In the year 1200, all of France was placed under Interdict - a punishment from the Catholic Church banning rites like communion, marriages, communion, etc. - because King Phillip II took a second wife while still legally married to (and imprisoning) Ingeborg of Denmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
Capital punishment was legal in the Vatican from its formation in 1929 to 1969, but it was never carried because it only applied for attempts to assassinate the Pope and there were none in this period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Three Italian politicians briefly revived the Roman Republic in February 1849, advocating for complete religious freedom and the outlaw of capital punishment. Before being de-established five months later, it was briefly invaded by the French. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
After failing to elect a new Pope for 2 years, a hermit monk wrote an angry letter threatening divine punishment if one was not elected soon. They chose to elect him as Pope Celestine V. He initially refused, but after serving for 5 months, he made it legal for Popes to resign and resined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In the middle ages, some people used to "clip" coins, Coins in medieval Europe were based on gold or silver. The purpose of clipping was to remove slivers of this material from the edge of the coin. Do this enough times and you have enough for a new coin, if caught punishment was death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Most people have a tendency to underestimate the severity of potential punishments, which can make it difficult to effectively deter crimes undark.org/2016/05/16/det…
The United States Government encouraged Nazis to emigrate to the states and compensated them in exchange for foreign intelligence. Many of them were war criminals, yet they faced little to no punishment and were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in America ips-dc.org/the_cias_worst…
β€œDecimation” was a form of punishment within the Roman Army in which every tenth man was executed by his fellow troops. It was used to punish offenses such as mutiny, desertion, and cowardice. The word β€œdecimation” is derived from Latin meaning β€œremoval of a tenth.” militaryhistorynow.com/20…
In the Stalin’s Russia, some people who were late to work three times were sent to a hard labour camp for three years as punishment gulaghistory.org/nps/onli…
In Greek mythology women were created as a punishment for men when Prometheus stole fire for them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Australia has an unofficial national anthem named "Waltzing Matilda" which is basically a song about a hobo getting caught for grabbing a stray sheep and commits suicide in a nearby pond to avoid punishment. Then he haunts the pond. trishansoz.com/trishansoz…
In China there is a legal punishment called Death sentence with reprieve in which death row inmates are freed under supervision. After two years, the criminal will either be executed if they committed more crimes, given a life sentence or a fixed term sentence if they behaved lawfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The last two people to be legally executed in Romania were the president and his wife in 1989. The new government abolished capital punishment weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Two inmates sued the state of Alabama, claiming the cramped space in their cell was a cruel and unusual punishment. The state argued that students at Auburn University actually paid to live in even smaller living space in the Magnolia Dorm. The inmates lost the case. bhamwiki.com/w/Auburn_Uni…
Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Singapore still use caning extensively as a form of punishment in schools, prisons and the government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The French used the guillotine as their standard method of execution until capital punishment was outlawed in 1981 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The punishment for patricide in Ancient Rome was: to be beaten with a rod, sewn into a sack with a dog, rooster, viper and a monkey and finally tossed into the sea. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
In fascist Italy, people deemed to be the enemies of the state were forced to drink castor oil as a punishment: this was often used after beatings as the dehydration effect complicated the recovery. history101.com/mussolini-…
13 nations in Europe have Blasphemy laws with punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment. france24.com/en/20181031-…
Historically an 'outlaw' was someone who was no longer protected by the law as punishment for a crime, allowing members of the public to legally persecute them at will en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
Damnatio ad bestias, Latin for β€œdamnation to the beasts,” was a type of Roman capital punishment in which criminals and others were executed by wild animals, such as lions and bears. factsanddetails.com/world…
In some countries, including China, Russia, Mexico and Germany, there is no punishment for escaping from prison because their law considers it human nature to want to escape. No extra time is added to an escapee's sentence provided they did not break any other laws in order to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Decimation (removal of a tenth) was a roman military punishment wherein a cohort of soldiers was divided into groups of ten, each of these groups was made to draw lots, and the soldier who drew the shortest straw was then clubbed to death by the other nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson, wrote a teacher who was showing the movies in class: "No. Stop. Please. No class deserves such a punishment". On another occasion he wrote: "I would rather have my teeth pulled with no anesthesia". hypable.com/percy-jackson…
Kangaroo β€œboxing”, in a serious fight, is really the kangaroo grappling for an opening to deliver a powerful kick with its sharp-clawed hind legs. Male kangaroos have thick belly skin to protect against this punishment. But it could easily eviscerate a human. echidnawalkabout.com.au/h…
Until 2018, being fed with only bread and water was an available punishment in the US Navy for enlisted personal stripes.com/news/navy-to-…
When Sejanus and his family were executed in 31 AD for conspiracy against the emperor, because there was no precedent for the capital punishment of a virgin, his 14-year-old daughter was raped first, with the rope around her neck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sej…
The Guillotine remained the official capital punishment of France until 1981, the last beheading occuring in 1977 murderpedia.org/male.D/d/…
Union General Jefferson C. Davis (no relation to the Confederate president) publicly murdered his superior officer in a hotel in 1862. Due to a need for experienced generals in the army, he received no punishment and served to the end of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
There was a practice called Posthumous Execution where a dead body was mutilated as punishment. It was performed to show that even in death, one cannot escape justice. Eg. Vlad the Impaler was beheaded following his assassination, Rasputin was exhumed from the ground and burned with gasoline. wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthu…
The religion of Zoroastrianism believes the otter ("water dog") is a highly sacred animal and believe in harsh punishments for those who kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
On 1829, Anne Royall, the first female journalist in the United States, was found guilty of being a "common scold" and sentenced to the ducking stool until the punishment was changed to a $10 fine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
A prominent Russian editor panned one of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s early novellas saying β€œDostoevsky is finished. He will no longer write anything important.” His next major work would be Crime and Punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
While the punishment for an incelibate Vestal Virgin was to be buried alive, ancient Roman law forbade burials within the city. Offenders instead were entombed in small underground apartments with food and provisions, changing the legal definition to "descending into a habitable room." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…

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