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Are you in the genuflecting business? [Oct. 21st, 2005|05:16 pm]
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Those condemned to die by the axe in Medieval and Renaissance England were obliged to tip their executioner to ensure that he would complete the job in one blow. In some executions, notably that of Mary, Queen of Scots., it took fifteen whacks of the blade before the head was severed.

From: kiwioverture
2005-10-21 04:37 pm (UTC)
Heads severed by the guillotine remained alive for a couple seconds afterward. Eyes would blink, and lips would move, but no sound could come out.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-10-21 11:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Isn't that common knowledge by now? I've had like 8 people tell me that fact.
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