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The French Guillotine Came To Be This Day 225 Years Ago; April 25, 1792.

by Anura Guruge

It predates the French Revolution.

The French version, with the ANGLED blade, was created as their means of delivering humane capital punishment. It was the brainchild of a French doctor, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin — which is how we get that name.

The first to be executed, with a French Guillotine, on April 25, 1792, was a on highwayman, 

‘Pelletier’ is a fairly popular French name in New Hampshire.

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Think – Today: Who Features In The Tallest Statue On Earth?

by Anura Guruge


colossus_of_rhodesRecently there has been lots of talk about Sri Lanka’s (now abandoned) plan to have the world’s tallest Christmas tree. But, that is Christmas trees. Who is the subject of the world’s tallest statue — and by that I do mean one that is currently standing.

Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.

Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Why Is The Blade On A Guillotine Angled” — similar apparatus to the Guillotine did predate the French Revolution ( 5 May 1789 – 9 November 1799). On October 10, 1789, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a physician, proposed to the National Assembly (of the Revolution) that capital punishment should always take the form of decapitation “by means of a simple mechanism”. That is where the name comes from. Pre-revolutionary apparatus did use straight or curved blades. They were not that effective. They tended to crush the neck rather than sever. The French set up a committee, Guillotin a member, to devise a better beheading device. They experimented using cadavers. That is when they found that an angled blade worked best.

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