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Chinese Punishments

From The Family Magazine, Vols 2 & 3, 1835-1836.

In taking the culprit before the tribunal he is preceded by a man who strikes upon a gong, that he may aggravate the shame of the offender, by drawing upon him the notice of the publick. Two others follow after him on foot, one of whom is employed in keeping up the culprit's face by means of a bundle of cleft canes. His hands are tied behind his back, and to render him more conspicuous a little red banner is fastened upon each side of his head.

He is thrown flat upon his face, and held in that position by one, or more, if necessary of the magistrate's attendants kneeling upon his back, whilst another applies the pan-stee to his posteriors. The pan-stee is a thick piece of split bamboo cane, the lower end of which is about four inches in width, and the upper end small and smooth, to render the instrument more convenient for the hand.

He is held securely by two men in the service of a tribunal who are instructed to give pain, by particular method of turning the cartilages of the ear.

This man is suspended by his shoulders and ancles, in a very painful situation: at intervals, two attending officers afford some trifling alleviation of his sufferings, by supporting him with a bamboo passed under his breast. Pencil, ink and paper, are ready to note down whatever he may say. This punishment, together with the preceding one, is chiefly inflicted upon such merchants as have been detected in committing frauds, impositions, or any other unwarrantable tricks of trade.

A species of correction appointed for boatmen, or, as they are termed in England, watermen. Having been convicted of some misbehaviour, he is compelled to kneel: one of the officers of justice prevents him from flinching, whilst another grasps his hair, and bestows a certain number of blows upon each side of his face, with a sort of double battledore, made of thick leather.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 13, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Law, Public Humiliation, Asia

God Bless America - World Series 2012

I would expect that everyone who watched the last game of the world series 2012 has seen this but for those of you who missed it here it is in all it's glory.

Normally, I would show a lot more respect for our troops in uniform but, seeing how this is a batch of zoomies, and they laid it out there all by themselves, they've got it coming.

Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Tue Oct 30, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Public Humiliation

Not White Trash—Just Trashed

No one said he was white trash, but the decision to sleep off a bender in a recycling dumpster resulted in the same verdict. After being collected, he was compacted twice but survived with minor injuries. Here's the link to the story:

Here's a picture of the survivor -- Justin Gilpatrick.


According to the a newscast on the link, his drunk friend decided to drive home instead and totaled a VW in a three car accident.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Aug 14, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Public Humiliation

Smelly Hands


Is this a common problem among ladies?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 02, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Business, Advertising, Products, Public Humiliation, Unsolved Mysteries, 1930's


This TV theme song and imagery has stuck with me since childhood. It's undeniably powerful still, I think.

But who knew that the armed forces today still do the same thing? Read about the Canadian response to the conviction of a twisted soldier.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 20, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Public Humiliation, Rituals and Superstitions, Television, 1960's, Armed Forces

Best Graduation Speech Ever

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 05, 2010 | Comments (12)
Category: Disasters, Public Humiliation, Regionalism, Religion

Reverse Towing—or You Want to Take My Car?

I thought this would be another clip of a car falling off a tow truck -- or the driver causing the car to fall off the truck -- but the ending is classic!!

I especially like it where the tow-truck driver checks to make sure the back wheels are secure.

Just remember this next time someone tries to tow you -- but make sure you have front wheel drive!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sat May 01, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Public Humiliation

Vegan Gets Pied!

Even though this particular vegan under assault has apparently come over to the bacon-lover's camp, it's still good to see a vegan made to answer for the sins of their hideous lifestyle.

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 20, 2010 | Comments (7)
Category: Public Humiliation, Vegetarians and Vegans, Performance Art

Coney Island

Please note the pinheads on display.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 26, 2010 | Comments (1)
Category: Holidays, Human Marvels, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Pop Culture, Public Humiliation, Recreation, 1940's
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