**Disturbing content! Proceed at your own risk** Introduction In recent years, men have become more civilized. Only punishing after determining guilt, having the primary punishment be incarceration, and not punishing people for arbitrary reasons. It wasn't always like this though. Even thousands of years ago, people the government deemed criminals were subject to their mercy. Though the worst punishment and forms of torture were likely developed in the past thousand years, when men were more advanced. Please note that this contains disturbing content, and is not advised for the weak at heart. If you get disgusted easily you may not want to read this. Without further ado, the 10 most agonizing methods of torture man has ever conceived. 10. The Rat. The victim was restrained on the floor, or a flat and horizontal service. A rat would be placed upon his chest, and covered with a metal container. The torturer began heating the container causing burns on the victims chest, but more importantly, it caused the rat to seek a way out, normally through the victims chest. The rat would burrow through the victims chest and intestines after a few hours, usually resulting in death. 9. The Coffin The victim is placed inside of a coffin, just large enough for their body, and hung in public for several days. Leaving them at the mercy of the crowd who would often through rocks or other objects at the victim and ridicule them. After several days, animals would usually eat the victims alive. 8. The Street Sweepers Daughter The victim is placed inside a device which compresses the victim's arms and legs, rendering them immobile. It can cause cramps, and restrict blood flow. While seemingly not as painful as other methods of torture, since this does not inflict any fatal injuries , the torture can be sustained for weeks, or even months, often times driving the victims insane. 7. The pear of anguish This pear shaped object is inserted into the mouth for liars and blasphemers, the female genitalia for women who intentionally had a miscarriage, and the anus for homosexuals. The object could either expand slowly or quickly, at the torturer's discretion. Tearing, or expanding the victim's chosen orifice. 6. The Wheel The victim is placed upon a large wagon wheel, with their limbs hanging off. The victim's arms and legs would be stuck repeatedly with a hammer as they revolved around the wheel. Since hits to the arms and legs were not fatal, the torture could last for hours or even days. 5. Judas cradile The victim is tied above a pyramid like structure that is covered in oil. The victim can be slowly lowered onto the pyramid, with the point going into their anus. The victim's feet and legs were tied together, so moving one leg would move them both, increasing the pain. The torturer could lower the ropes, putting more weight on the pyramid, thus increasing the pain, or repeatedly drop the victim onto the pyramid. The torturer could raise the victim up and suspend the victim there for a day, in order to delay death and prolong suffering, or if they just wanted to take a break. 4. The rack The victim's arms and legs are secured at separate ends of the table. Occasionally with spikes on the table. The table is slightly raised from the ground. The wheels on the table slowly roll, extending the victim's arms and legs. While the victim's cartilage, ligaments, and bones were snapped, it resulted in loud popping sounds. It could also permanently disable the victim's limbs and muscles after being stretched too far, rendering the arms and legs useless. The rack could be used quickly, or extend slowly for days. Sometimes, it was used so much that the victim's arms or legs would be ripped out of their sockets. 3. The Iron Maiden The victim is placed in an iron coffin, with spikes carefully placed to avoid vital organs, in order to delay death and prolong the victim's suffering. The spikes would also block bleeding, which would usually prevent the victim from dying due to excessive blood loss. The coffin can be closed and open over and over, which drives the spike into the same wounds. Once the coffin is completely closed, it is pitch black inside, and the victim's screams can not be heard outside, nor can the victim hear anything from outside the coffin, making this psychological in addition to physical torture. 2. Scaphism The victim is force fed large quantities of milk and honey. The victim has the milk and honey smeared on their groan, armpits, and possible other areas. The victim is then tied in a swamp, where insects begin to feast on the milk and honey on the victim. Often times the insects would go inside of the victim in order to obtain the milk and honey inside their stomach. Eventually breeding, laying eggs, on, and in the victim. The insects would also often time slowly eat the victim's flesh, muscle and fat while alive, from the inside. It could take days for the victim to die. 1. Crocodile Tube The victim is placed inside of a tube with metal spikes. The tube covers the victims legs and shoulders, with only their feet and head sticking out. The tube is slowly compressed onto the victim, driving spikes into their body from all sides. A fire was lit under the tube, while the torturer gradually heated the tube up. Burning the feet, while also heating up the spikes around the rest of their body. The torturer would also often times mutilate the face and/or toes while this was going on.