Torture is the infliction of severe physical pain, psychological pain, and possibly injury to a person or other living being on purpose. In most cases, the victim is restrained and unable to resist the violence of the perpetrator. Torture has been used and continues to be used by individuals, organizations, and governments, regardless of numerous governments' and international organizations' laws opposing torture. This is because there are numerous motives for torture such as: punishment, revenge, political re-education, deterrence, interrogation or coercion of the victim or a third party, or simply the sadistic gratification of those carrying out or observing the torture.

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Dairy Management and Production

Does the brand farmhouse milk torture their cows?

NO. If they would torture their cows, they wouldn't get any milk from their cows. This is because cows that are under ANY kind of stress, pain or illness either give very little milk or DO NOT give milk at all. In order to have cows that will give milk, they have to be comfortable, relaxed and well-fed.

Action & Adventure Movies

In Batman Beyond how did the Joker torture Robin?

The Joker and Harley kidnapped him and brain washed him as they wanted a child but Harley "didnt want to go through the joys of child birth" so they made him into a mini Joker :)

Nazi Concentration Camps

What torture devices were used in Nazi concentration camps?

There is a widely held, but mistaken view that the Nazis made extensive use of fiendishly ingenious torture devices. In concentration camps the guards most commonly beat inmates - sometimes with their fists and sometimes with various implements ranging from whips to cudgels and long, heavy crowbars.

Sometimes the guards pushed prisoners to the ground and kicked them black and blue with their heavy jackboots (which were a bit like heavy 'goth' boots), smashed their teeth, and so on.

However, actual torture differed from camp to camp. Mengele, the "Angel of Death", did indeed commit vile experiments on select inmates -- with a particular fixation on identical twins, dwarfs, and genetically inferior persons. These experiments included: -Hurting a twin and gauging the other twins' reaction -Removing body parts to test the survival time of the patient -Testing new, unfounded surgery techniques (supposedly without anasthesia -- debated by some historians) -Using saltwater and electricity to gauge the pain response of the human body These means did became the most infamous torture techniques in the Nazi regime.

However, general torture of the inmates is pretty much easy to imagine -- whipping; random killing or maiming; rape; defamation and degradation of the person's rights; many torture techniques that the Nazi prison guards (and even some prison inmates who themselves practised torture) can be found in modern day camps. Some of the SS men did a little reading on the Inquisition ... Bullies are seldom original. However, they didn't have time for elaborate 'torture devices'.

At Auschwitz they sometimes unleashed hungry dogs on the prisoners.

One of the more common tortures used in some Nazi camps involved tying an inmate's wrists securely behind the back and them suspending him (or her) for anything from 30 minutes to a few hours. The pain and the effect on the muscles and joints can easily be imagined. It was horrific.

An interesting early account of life in a concentration camp is: Eugen Kogon, The Theory and Practice of Hell. (Various publishers). Eugen Kogon was a prisoner at Buchenwald from 1939 till the camp was liberated in 1945. He was immensely resilient and wrote most of the book in 1945-46. Part of it was used in evidence by the prosecution at Nuremberg.

As Jean Amery (anagram and pen-name of Hans Mayer) observed, there was a fundamental sense in which torture - a sadistic and fundamental attack on the whole person - lay at the very heart of Nazism, with its bottomless contempt for civilization, morality and human life.

Sleep Disorders

How does sleep deprivation kill you?

It's like running an engine with no oil.


Is tickle torture abuse?

YES if it is taken too far ie the child is crying rather than laughing.

Sleep Disorders

What is sleep deprivation and what are its effects?

Sleep Deprivation is when you can not get a undisturbed nights sleep.

Sleep deprivation makes it difficult for you to concentrate, to make decisions and may cause you to want to eat all the time or not at all.
Sleep deprivation is a commonplace occurrence in modern culture. Every day there seems to be twice as much work and half as much time to complete it in. This results in either extended periods of wakefulness or a decrease in sleep over an extended period of time. While some people may like to believe that they can train their bodies to not require as much sleep as they once did this belief is false. Sleep is needed to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function optimally. After periods of extended wakefulness or reduced sleep neurons may begin to malfunction, visibly effecting a person's behavior. Some organs, such as muscles, are able to regenerate even when a person is not sleeping so long as they are resting. This could involve lying awake but relaxed within a quite environment. Even though cognitive functions might not seem necessary in this scenario the brain, especially the cerebral cortex, is not able to rest but rather remains semi-alert in a state of "quiet readiness". Certain stages of sleep are needed for the regeneration of neurons within the cerebral cortex while other stages of sleep seem to be used for forming new memories and generating new synaptic connections. The effects of sleep deprivation on behavior have been tested with relation to the presence of activity in different sections of the cerebral cortex.

The temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex is associated with the processing of language. During verbal learning tests on subjects who are fully rested functional magnetic resonance imaging scans show that this area of the brain is very active. However, in sleep deprived subjects there is no activity within this region. The effects of this inactivity can be observed by the slurred speech in subjects who have gone for prolonged periods with no sleep.

Even severely sleep deprived people are still able to perform to some degree on a verbal learning test. This implies that some other area of the brain must become active to compensate for the loss of temporal lobe functioning. In fact, activity can be seen in the parietal lobe that is not present during verbal learning tests using rested subjects . Greater activity within this region corresponded to better performance by subjects in research studies. Still, sleep deprived people do not perform as well on these tests as do fully rested subjects. One possible reason for the poorer performance after missing sleep, aside from unregenerated neurons, could be the fact that since the parietal lobe is not usually used to performing tasks such as these it is not as adept at carrying them out. Therefore, when control switches from the temporal lobe to the parietal lobe some speed and accuracy is naturally lost. Interestingly, sleep deprived subjects have been shown to have better short-term memory abilities than their well-rested counterparts. Since memory is associated with this region of the cerebral cortex the fact that it is already active in sleep deprived people could make it easier for new synapses to be created, thus forming new short-term memories more easily.

While activity is seen within the parietal lobes of rested people as they think through math problems no corresponding activity is visible within the brains of sleep-deprived subjects. Also, no new area of the brain becomes active while the sleep deprived people work on math problems. Since sleep deprived people can still complete math problems, albeit with less speed and accuracy than a well-rested individual, this data implies that a region of the brain already in use is used for this task.

The frontal lobe is the most fascinating section of the brain with relation to sleep deprivation. Its functions are associated with speech as well as novel and creative thinking. Sleep deprived test subjects have difficulties thinking of imaginative words or ideas. Instead, they tend to choose repetitious words or clichéd phrases. Also, a sleep-deprived individual is less able to deliver a statement well. The subject may show signs of slurred speech, stuttering, speaking in a monotone voice, or speaking at a slower pace than usual. Subjects in research studies also have a more difficult time reacting well to unpredicted rapid changes. Sleep deprived people do not have the speed or creative abilities to cope with making quick but logical decisions, nor do they have the ability to implement them well. Studies have demonstrated that a lack of sleep impairs one's ability to simultaneously focus on several different related tasks, reducing the speed as well as the efficiency of one's actions. A person may be able to react to a complex scenario when suddenly presented with it but, similar to the verbal tests, the subject will most likely pick an unoriginal solution. If presented with a similar situation multiple times with slight variations in the information presented the subject chooses the same solution, even though it might not be as applicable to the new senario.

Part of the frontal lobe, the prefrontal cortex, has several functions specifically coupled with it. Judgment, impulse control, attention, and visual association have all been related to this region of the cerebral cortex. A recent study has shown that the prefrontal cortex, usually the most active area of the brain in rested individuals, becomes more active as a person remains awake for long periods of time This region regenerates during the first stage of sleep, giving a person the ability to feel somewhat refreshed after only a short nap. The length of the first stage of sleep cycle is somewhat dependent upon how long the person had previously been awake. The longer the period of wakefulness, the longer the brain remains in the first stage of sleep. When the brain enters into the REM stage of sleep the prefrontal cortex is active once more.

The implications of this data seem to be fairly important in supporting the location of the I-function within the brain. The prefrontal cortex is active whenever a person is awake, no matter how little sleep they have had. Also, this area is active while dreaming. Since the individual is aware of him or herself during both of these instances, but is not aware during the stages of sleep when the prefrontal cortex is shut down, it seems logical that the I-function is located within this region. This indicates that the I-function is what is resting and regenerating during the first stage of sleep. It would be interesting to study prefrontal cortex activity while a person is conscious, but unaware of his or her actions, due to an influence such as drugs or alcohol. According to the results of the sleep deprivation studies little or no activity should be seen in the prefrontal cortex at anytime when the individual is unaware of his or herself.

One of the symptoms of prolonged sleep deprivation is hallucinations. This could also be related to the I-function since it is the system that integrates the input from all other areas of the brain. If the neurons composing the I-function become too taxed then the picture in the head that the I-function produces may be more dissimilar from reality than usual. The neurons, under pressure to continue functioning but unable to perform optimally, create an image useful enough for a person to see most of his or her surroundings. Metabolic activity in the prefrontal cortex can drop as much as eleven percent after a person has missed sleep for only twenty four hours. As a person loses more sleep or continues to receive less-than-adequate amounts of sleep the neurons become even more taxed and the I-function may begin to generate even less coherent images possibly resulting in temporary insanity.

History of Europe
Word and Phrase Origins

What was the Catherine wheel originally used for?

It was originally named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who was condemned to be tortured on a wheel and died in the year 307.

History of China
English to Chinese
Chinese Language and Culture

What is Chinese water torture?

Chinese Water torture, is when a person is locked up to where the victim cannot move. Then cold water is slowly dripped one drop at a time (usually 1 drop every 6-14 seconds). It eventually drives the victim crazy A) (Because they are waiting for the drop each time B) Because they can't use their hands to wipe off the water or warm up their face from the cold water. This method of torture has no proof ever being used thought Hudini did try it out.


How do you get different skins on the torture game 2?

you uh look it


How do the thumbscrews work?

Slowly, Painfully and Effectively. They worked as well during the inquisition as they did in the Holocaust or today.

Philosophy and Philosophers

Why does torture exist?

We human beings often fail to live up to our stated ideals. You can conceive of this in either religious or scientific terms, according to your personal preference. In religious terms, we are a fallen race, descended from Adam and Eve who ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil against the specific instructions of God, so now that we have knowledge of evil, we sometimes choose to be evil. In scientific terms, evolution has made us into a competitive species, and sometimes it appears that cruelty to our fellow human beings is a way to win the competition.


In torture game how do you customize?

go to custom

Dreams and Dream Interpretation

What does it mean when you dream of torturing someone?

The dream expresses anger and the need to strike back at someone believed to be one's enemy. Dreams are not limited by the moral constraints that prevent such behavior in real life, and therefore can function as a safe release of tensions and unacceptable urges.

Sleep Disorders

Is sleep deprivation a form of abuse?

It can be considered a form of mental and physical abuse.


Why is Saint Julia of Corsica the patron saint of torture victims?

Julia was, herself, the victim of torture. She was beaten. had her hair torn out and then crucified c.616-620 at Cape Corso, Corsica.

English Spelling and Pronunciation
Plural Nouns

How do you spell torcher?


one who gives light with a torch or sets buildings ablaze (arsonist)



an act of inflicting excruciating pain on body or mind

Mice and Rats

Why did they have rat torture?

Because people hate rat.

So they torture them and use them for animal testing. - Kristen

History, Politics & Society
Alexander the Great

Did Alexander the Great torture his slaves?

That was a natural.

Sleep Disorders

What is the opposite of sleep deprivation?

a coma?


What torture methods were used in the Holocaust?

They did horrible things. I can't believe a human being could be so cruel. They did things like sewing different body parts onto other people, operations without anesthetic, and taking out internal organs such as liver and intestines. Firing squads were used to gun down many people at a time and then dumped the people into heaps. Some were told they were being taken to a shower and it was actually a gas chamber. The soap in these 'showers' were made out of Jewish bodies. (fat). Many starved to death and some were used as guinea pigs for medical testing, especially twins. For their meals (if they were lucky) they would get 1 cup of dirty water a day with a slice of bread. Methods of execution included more than gassing and shooting; Jews were killed in a variety of ways. The camp guards "became notorious for their cruelty, trying to outdo each other in devising fiendish methods of killing their victims". One man froze to death because he was forced to stay in an ice hole until he died. Another victim was hung upside down, completely naked, for three hours until he was killed by the camp guards who used "sticks to force sand down his throat". Source:

www . holocaustchronicle. org [Edit: breaks added as links are not permitted and prevent posting]

Pg 396 & 351 Many Jews were forced to stand in the blazing sun for hours on end, no sitting, water or rest. Strong men were taken away for work om farms. Pretty girls were forced to become unspeakable things. [Edit - generally, unpaid prostitutes for the guards.]


I am afraid human beings can be that cruel, and the Nazis were by no means the first or last in that regard. Stalin's regime in Russian, Chairman Mao's in China, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and so-called ISIS now, all plumb the same depths of inhumanity. What sets the Nazis apart perhaps, is not the appalling death toll of about 6 000 000 (Stalin killed even more) but the carefully-planned industrial approach and scale of their methods, with the gas chambers becoming their preferred extermination technique, rather than shootings.

History of England
Elizabeth I

What are the names of some Elizabethan torture devices?

Iron Maiden, The rack, The Collar, The pillory

History of China
Chinese Dynasties

How did Shi Huangdi torture people who opposed him?

He buried people alive.

War and Military History
Chinese Language and Culture

Can you die from Chinese water torture?

Typically, no, one can not die from Chinese water torture.

Notorious Murderers and Serial Killers

What torture did the water street butcher perform on his victims?

In the related links box below, I posted the information.

World War 2
Japan in WW2

What torture methods did the Japanese use on prisoners of war?

I got a better answer.I'm Singaporean and learning History in school and currently learning about this.There are a lot of torture ways,I'll list them out for you,I don't know everything but I'll list what I know =)

1) Stuffed a hose into a person's mouth then filled the person's stomach with water till it's bloated then jump on the stomach and the stomach bursts then the intestines and internal organs rupture.

2) They placed some mice under a metal cover on the stomach then heat it and then when it's hot then the mice will start to scratch the person's stomach until it's full of wholes and won't stop till they find a way out or when the Japanese stops.

3) They hang the victim onto something then place a growing bamboo under you and wait for it to grow until it pierces through the whole body

4 ) They used a certain kind of nail clipper to pluck off the victim's nails. Then when it's pluck off it bleeds right? After that they sprinkled salt and vinegar on the wound then it will start to get infected and rot but the worst is that after every 3 or 4 days they came back and sprinkled some more till the fingers rot away

There's still a lot,like raping and if someone passed a Japanese soldier and didn't greet them then off they went to heaven. If you're not Singaporean I suggest you come to Singapore and learn about our history,its interesting and the place here is very nice =)


Starvation and beating mostly. I know of one: the Chinese water torture. They would tie a person's hands behind their back, and have them kneel before the torturer. The torturer would then proceed to place a single droplet of water upon the person's forehead. This would go on for several hours, maybe, and unsensed the tortured in a way of insanity.


I'm not certain, but I believe they also at one point used tools such as fingernail extractors(let's not get into detail) and something else called water-boarding. I am not certain though.


Water Treatment or "Cure" as used by the Japanese military during World War II was a form of water torture in which the victim is forced to drink large quantities of water in a short time, resulting in gastric distension, water intoxication, and sometime death. In this form of water torture, water is forced down the throat and into the stomach. This happens repeatedly until osmosis causes the cells to explode.

Water boarding as used today refers to a technique involving water poured over the face or head of the subject, in order to evoke the instinctive fear of drowning. Often, a wet cloth is placed in the subject's mouth, giving them the sensation that they are drowning.


It is probably worthwhile to distinguish between torture - where the purpose is to inflict pain and distress as a punishment or as a method of coercion - from atrocities that were committed where the suffering was a byproduct of the purpose of the actions.

Although rape is sometimes a form of torture, nearly all of millions of the rapes committed by the Japanese during WW II were part of a plan by their leadership trying to improve the morale of the soldiers.* In those cases the rapes were technically atrocities rather than torture. The infamous Unit 731 would be another example of atrocities where great suffering was inflicted but for the purpose of (in)human experimentation rather that for the sheer sadistic pleasure of torture.


* Personally I think it had to have the reverse effect on morale by degrading the soldiers participating and destroying their self-worth and honor.


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