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  • the year is 16 26 and a husband and wife were sleeping peacefully in their warm bed, oblivious to the fact that an exceptionally cruel and completely unhinged thief was about to change their lives forever.

  • The sleeping couple, who'd enjoyed comfort and wealth all their lives, were in for a terrible shock.

  • They were about to be confronted by a man who was not on Lee going to take all their valuables.

  • What was going to introduce them to one of the most evil devices known to man?

  • It's known as the choke pear, but we think it's alternate Name is more fitting, given the pain and inflicted on its victims.

  • And that name is the pear of anguish.

  • And today, dear viewers, you're going to see just how horrifying this small contraption must have been to those that wore it.

  • Let's get back to the sleeping couple.

  • They were awakened by the thief whose intention was not to silently robbed the pair and make off into the night but toe wake them and demand to know where they were hiding their most valuable belongings.

  • To do this, he needed to get them to talk, but he never had much success, chopping off fingers and smacking people around the face.

  • It was his good fortune, then that he had recently been introduced to a new method of ensuring cooperation.

  • A while back, he'd met a fellow thief in a tavern, a thief who said he'd always had a 100% success rate.

  • In extracting information from his victims.

  • The man explained that to get people to talk, it wasn't good enough to just beat them up a bit.

  • What was required was a device so brutal the very thought of it would get people talking in seconds if they didn't immediately talked.

  • The solution was simple.

  • Start the device at Notch one.

  • The man explained that no one absolutely no one, could endure notch, too.

  • So the thief woke up the couple and told them in no uncertain terms.

  • They needed to take him to the stash of jewels he knew they had hidden.

  • Not surprisingly, the husband said, there was no stash.

  • Just take what you see, and please leave us in peace, he told the Robert.

  • After uttering those words, the thief pulled something out of a bag.

  • The man and his wife had no idea what they were looking at.

  • It looked like a pair, a pair made from metal connected to some kind of key.

  • The thief calmly explained to them, and we should say with some amount of relish that in a minute or 21 of them would be trying on the device.

  • The woman screams just thinking about that, which helped the thief make his decision regarding who would first experience his dear pear of anguish.

  • We won't explain what happened next.

  • Your imagination should be able to come up with the rest of that story.

  • If you can't just see how that thief might have gotten the information he wanted, you'll soon find out the pear of anguish wasn't something to be taken lightly.

  • It was sometimes only used as a gag.

  • But if that screw was ever turned a few times, the results could literally be John dropping.

  • The question is, did that ever happen?

  • Was it ever used in a Hollywood horror kind of way?

  • Some folks think yes, others think no.

  • First, we need to talk about the earliest recorded uses of this terrible pear.

  • Some of the contraptions air sitting in museums today, but the evidence of their use is still somewhat scant.

  • Still, we have some evidence to work with.

  • There's a book that was written in 16 39 by a French author named FD Calvi.

  • The book in English, is translated as general inventory of the history of thieves.

  • In this book, the writer states that the pair was invented by a well known thief named Gu Shrewd Apple Yoli.

  • The writer explains that Paliotta used the device when robbing wealthy Parisians, although Calvi doesn't say that the victims had their jobs broken apart on Lee, that it was used as a very scary type of gag.

  • There's more evidence of this device being used for robberies.

  • But outside of France, in the 18 11 book Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, it's written that the pair was used to extort people in Holland.

  • Another book, written at the end of the 19th century, called the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, also included a passage describing how Dutch criminals would put the pair in the victims mouth and then demand a certain amount of money.

  • What's frightening is that the book explains that on some devices, the key was detachable, so if the criminal wanted, he could leave the pair in the victims mouth without the key was very hard or impossible to remove, and that's why cash could be extorted.

  • Such a torture instrument may have made its way around the US sometime during the 19th century, but that's debatable.

  • A detective working in Boston at the end of the 18 hundreds admitted that pairs as gags had been used in the US, but he noted that they weren't quite as cruel as the gags that had been used in Europe.

  • The detective wrote that the American pair was far less marvelous and dangerous than the pair of polio.

  • The US pear of anguish was likely comparable to a pool ball or a sock.

  • Okay, now, for something more gruesome, it said that during medieval times the pair was used to extract confessions from people accused of being witches.

  • In this case, most of the people who faced the pair were women.

  • It doesn't take a genius to figure out how else such an instrument could have been used to cause immense pain and even death.

  • The human body has a number of offices other than the mouth, and it's those places where the pair was sometimes inserted.

  • Or at least that's the tail that's been told.

  • Once the key was turned to the petals opened and the woman would suffer unimaginably.

  • Often the pedals would have spikes attached them to cause extensive internal damage.

  • We know this because of the artifacts that you confined today and torture museums.

  • Those artifacts air very much riel, but as you'll see, they're also questionable.

  • Men, it seems, might also suffer from similar torture.

  • Except the office of choice in their case was the entrance in the back side.

  • The outcome of torture was similar.

  • Immense pain, internal damage and heavy blood loss, possibly death.

  • This is what we hear about the pear of anguish when visiting certain museums, although in the 2014 book The Pear of Anguish, Torture, Truth and Dark Medievalism, the writer states that there's no proof this ever happened.

  • He goes as far to say that some of the device is still around today, are actually built after medieval times.

  • So like some other torture devices we've talked about in the past, such as the Iron Maiden, they may have been created for the scare factor, only to show more modern people how brutish and backward people were in the past.

  • Nonetheless, during our research, we found sources stating that the pairs were used on blasphemers or even liars, and in those cases, the mouth was the place the torture took place.

  • The same sources say that if a woman purposefully miscarried, she might also face the pair.

  • But the location it was to be inserted was her vagina.

  • As for a man, if he was accused of being homosexual, he might have been brutalized by the pair, but the location was his a nus.

  • There seems to be little doubt that the pear of anguish was used by thieves in Europe.

  • But if they were ever employed by torturers and medieval times, it's up for debate.

  • It's highly likely that the French thief we talked about had his very own pair of anguish, and there's little doubt that some Dutch criminals used them.

  • But historians these days argued that the pair is expanding in men and women's lower orifice is in the Middle Ages was possibly an invention of propagandists.

  • Writing in the 19th century about the terrible past.

  • One historian writes that the surviving devices you can currently find around the world would not have been sturdy enough to cause any internal damage we've talked about, although he admits that they could have certainly expanded in or fous and caused a certain degree of discomfort.

  • Now you need to watch this Iron Maiden worst punishments in the history of mankind, or have a look at this drawn and quartered worst punishments in the history of mankind.

the year is 16 26 and a husband and wife were sleeping peacefully in their warm bed, oblivious to the fact that an exceptionally cruel and completely unhinged thief was about to change their lives forever.

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