Why the guillotine was the ultimate severance package
Something to lose your head about!
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The guillotine was the preferred method of execution during France's "Reign of Terror" in the 1790s. But the origins of this gruesome device, specifically designed to behead people mechanically, date back to the Middle Ages and beyond. And believe it or not, the guillotine was used as late as 1977 to carry out a death sentence.
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