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Scottish thumbscrew
Scottish thumbscrew
Scottish thumbscrews
Scottish thumbscrews
This page is about the torture device. For the fastener, see Thumbscrew (fastener).

The thumbscrew is an instrument of torture which was used in medieval Europe, notably by the Inquisition. It is a simple vise, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The torture victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vise and slowly crushed. The thumbscrew was also applied to crush prisoners' toes, while larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to destroy knees and elbows. Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... The Iron Maiden of Nuremberg is an infamous and rarely used torture device. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... World map showing Europe Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiogeographic one. ... Artistic (i. ... A Vise (or vice) is a mechanical screw apparatus used for clamping or holding. ... The thumbs up gesture is a sign of approval in many cultures, and an obscene gesture in many others. ... Fingers of the human left hand The finger is any of the digits of the hand in humans and other species such as the great apes. ... Toes on a humans right foot. ... An x-ray of a human knee In human anatomy, the knee is the leg joint connecting the femur and the tibia. ... Elbow redirects here. ...

As well as compression of fingers and toes, the opposite concept of distension was also employed in torture chambers. Tearing the nails out of the fingers and toes as slowly as possible was a particularly common method of torture. The most straightforward means employed a pliers—often heated red-hot—to tear out the nails at the root. However, the nail extraction could be accomplished even more slowly and cruelly by first driving wooden wedges, needles, or splinters of wood, metal, or bone under the nails to pry them loose. Splinters in particular were sometimes dipped in boiling sulfur to make the torture even more savage. There are several types of compression: physical compression data compression multimedia compression image compression executable compression audio compression video compression bandwidth compression audio level compression compression (functional analysis) See also Arch bridge Compression arch suspended-deck bridge Compressor Compression ratio This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that...

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  • http://www.angelfire.com/darkside/forgottendreams/thumbscrew.html

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