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Off with their heads thoughts led me to this little nugget:
The guillotine is most famously associated with revolutionary France, but it may have claimed just as many lives in Germany during the Third Reich. Adolf Hitler made the guillotine a state method of execution in the 1930s, and ordered that 20 of the machines be placed in cities across Germany. According to Nazi records, the guillotine was eventually used to execute some 16,500 people between 1933 and 1945, many of them resistance fighters and political dissidents.
Uncle Adolph, what a guy.
 

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It's even reusable !!!!
Sound way better than wasting lethal injection drugs or even precious powder and lead.
 

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The Germans even actually advanced the design, adding wheels to the body platform; so the condemned could be rolled up to, and away from, the blade once the deed was done.
 

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Hanging was in vogue a few years ago.
 
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