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  • You've all heard the expression to rub salt  into an open wound, but we doubt you've  

  • ever seen that happen in real life or even  heard about it as a form of torture. Well,  

  • it's happened, and we can tell you that  the victims were not too happy about it.  

  • Imagine the scene. A man is beaten with  batons, his skin is shorn from his flesh  

  • with various torture tools, but to top it offhis assailants pour salt in his those wounds.  

  • The screams can be heard in the  distance. Suffice to say, it hurt

  • Ok, but why does it hurtLet's talk about that first

  • In short, when you have open wounds  your nerves are exposed. So, when the  

  • sodium in salt hits those exposed nerves it  causes them to misfire. The result is pain

  • Now you might be thinking that rubbing  salt in open wounds is a good idea,  

  • after all, didn't someone once tell you  that doing that will prevent infection

  • Word on the street hundreds of years ago was that  rubbing salt on wounds wasn't such a bad thing  

  • at all. In fact, historians tell us that you  can go back to Egyptian, Roman and Greek times  

  • and there is evidence suggesting that saltwater  was put on people's wounds to help them,  

  • not to further hurt them. Sure, there was painbut the salt was deemed to have an antiseptic  

  • quality. These days medical professionals do  not condone this practice due to the fact that  

  • there is bacteria in the salt. Rubbing  salt in wounds can defeat the purpose

  • When Europeans started sailing the high seasrubbing salt in wounds worked in two ways.  

  • One way is likely where the idiom came fromImagine a sailor has transgressed on the ship  

  • and he needs to be punished, that might mean that  he would have been tied up and whipped, often  

  • with the brutal cat o' nine tails. The British  were particularly fond of this horrendous tool

  • A serious flogging with one of these things could  cause a lot of ugly welts to appear, and those  

  • could easily become infected. So, what might  happen next is the man would be doused in salty  

  • seawater. This would be intensely painfulhence  to make a situation even worsebut it might also  

  • save his life so he could carry on sailing. Thanks to modern research, we know that  

  • pouring salt water into wounds can expose  a person to hundreds of kinds of bacteria,  

  • including cholera. On top of that, a study in 2006  showed that doing such a thing can actually make  

  • the wound more inflamed and slow down the healing  process. So, while in the past medics might have  

  • thought this was a good thing, it actually isn't.  Pouring salt in open wounds isn't just painful but  

  • it might also make matters worse. You might wonder, then,  

  • does anyone do this in modern times. The answer is yes. We'll start with recent  

  • torture by salt in wounds and finish  with the worst example we could find

  • You all know that for a number of years ISIS  committed awful atrocities across the Middle East.  

  • This led to many intelligence and military  agencies around the world hunting for ISIS  

  • members, though sometimes the people captured  for interrogation were innocent and definitely  

  • not part of the world's premier terror group. We can find one instance when an Iraqi army  

  • officer cut the skin off the backs ofgroup of men accused of being ISIS members.  

  • The next thing the officer did was fill the  open wounds with salt. He then told them,  

  • We will soon put bullets in your heads.” That's about the most modern case we can  

  • find of this happening, although there's no  shortage of evidence of suspected terrorists being  

  • interrogated by the CIA and allies in the Middle  East, torture that sometimes led to broken bones,  

  • missing teeth and death. The CIA did have an  interrogation center in Afghanistan called the  

  • Salt Pit”, but while the prisoners were subjected  to all kinds of horrendous torture; waterboarding,  

  • electrocutions, hanged on hooks, mock executionsinjected with drugs, it seems salt wasn't used

  • A similar thing happened recently at secret  prisons in Yemen that were run by a Saudi-UAE  

  • alliance. Reports from that prison state that men  were flogged, electrocuted, their bones smashed,  

  • beaten sometimes to the point of death. Another  punishment was to beat a person and then fill  

  • his open wounds with hot pepper and salt. If you go a little further back in time, there  

  • was something calledDerby's dose.” This sounds  really, really unpleasant, to say the least

  • It was created by a British slave owner  named Thomas Thistlewood. On May 25, 1756,  

  • one of his slaves that he'd named Derby was  caught eating young sugar cane stalks on a  

  • plantation in Jamaica. Thistlewood wanted to teach  the man a lesson, and so he introduced an utterly  

  • barbaric punishment for Derby. This punishment  would be metered out on others who were later  

  • found eating what they were not allowed to eator on slaves that tried to make a run for it

  • It consisted of beating the person first to  the point that there would be open wounds.  

  • To intensify the pain, chili pepper, lime, and  salt, would be rubbed into those open wounds

  • Not surprisingly, historians refer to this tyrant  as a brutal sociopath. We know it happened,  

  • and we know it happened a number of times, on  top of other horrific punishments. The reason we  

  • know this is because Thistlewood's diaries still  exist today. We've seen some of the entries. All  

  • we can say is this was a truly evil man. Now you need to watch, “Chinese Torture  

  • Chair - Worst Punishments in the History  of Mankind.” Or, have a look at this

You've all heard the expression to rub salt  into an open wound, but we doubt you've  

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