Included: an apparatus for the bastinado, or foot-whipping torture; the Victorian treadmill, an archaic device used in English prisons that is a giant wheel convicts had to turn with their feet six hours a day. Also: a segment on the wheel.
Included: an ancient spear-thrower that supposedly enabled the spear to pierce armor; the Branks, a 17th-century muzzling device to punish women; the Brazen Bull execution device used in Ancient Greece. Also: a segment on the pillory, involving volunteer citizens from Columbus, Ohio.
Military tactics and technology over the past 2000 years are explored. Included: missile-launching strategies; 17th-century disciplinary measures in the British navy; and a human-knotting experiment tested during the Vietnam War.
In the opener of this series in which ancient inventions are re-created and tested, the team from the Scarefactory in Columbus, Ohio, tackles inventions from the Middle Ages, including the Iron Maiden and Chinese Fire Arrows.
Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.
Cast & Details
Premiered: June 15, 2008
Premise: Ancient inventions are re-created and tested by craftsmen.