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Thumb Screws
Ever wonder why those clamps at home depot are called "THUMB screws?" Well there was a reason. These popular devices from the Middle Ages were used by placing the victim's thumbs and other fingers, which were then tightened, slowly crushing the victim's fingers. This was a method of confession and could last for days. A similar version was used for the knees and head.

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