Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20 - International Guillotine Day

On this day, September 20 A.D. 1977, the French government made their final execution by lethal guillotine. Well, not that there's such a thing as a non-lethal guillotine in all honesty. Well, I guess if you don't sharpen the blade regularly it could be less-than-lethal and really more of an annoyance and creator of severe headaches, back problems, and neck cricks. But that's another topic altogether.

Seriously, though, this was the last time that France put someone to death using one of their famed head chopper offers. His name was Hamida Djandoubi and he was convicted of torture and murder and then executed at Baumettes Prison in Marseille.

Hey, I'm not BSing you. This is for real here, folks! You're learning something on this site!

In honor of the execution of Hamida and to celebrate one of the greatest instruments of execution ever devised, I want you to run around draped in a French flag with dozens of cigar cutters hanging around your neck (unless you actually have access to the real deal) and yell "Viva la France!" all day long.

Fitèna will love you for it.

7 comments:

tiff said...

You should have seen the looks I got at our group meeting!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the guillotine in the picture and the whole execution scene is fake. There is no French type real guillotine without a substantial weight (or mutton) attached to the blade. I do not know why this photo appears to often in guillotine books. Anybody who knows anything about guillotines would see that it is fake.

Anonymous said...

You said this day in 1977? Geez. But seriously. Fix that. It was 1877.

Hyperion said...

Hey numbnuts - it WAS 1977. Look into it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000319513&dateTexte=20090728

Second article is in French, but you can translate it. Capital Punishment was not outlawed in France until 1981 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_France) - and up until then, the Guillotine was still used.

Anonymous said...

uhh... sorry bud but i would use something other than wikipedia to back up your facts. Not saying your wrong, just try for some better sources.

patrick said...

It's not "Viva la France" but "Vive la France"

Anonymous said...

Here's the real thing shot on film in early C20. Double excecution in Hanoi -

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xglsmo_double-execution-capitale-guillotine-tonkin-1915_news