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What is the coolest obscure historical fact you know?


 What is the coolest obscure historical fact you know?

Death so horrible that it stopped a form of execution


In Ancient China, there was a form of execution called waist chop. Just like its name, it entails a person being literally chopped in half from the waist. It was reserved only for the most serious criminals since many people did not die immediately after being chopped.


In Qing Dynasty, an official was caught embezzling money, and was sentenced to waist chop. However, he stayed alive long enough to write, using his blood, the Chinese character ‘慘’ (horrific/brutal) 7 times before finally dying.


Upon hearing this story, the Yongzheng Emperor was shocked and abolished the form of execution.

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