Impalement , as a method of torture and execution, is the penetration of a human by an object such as a stake, pole, spear, or hook, often by the complete or partial perforation of the torso. It was particularly used in response to "crimes against the state" and regarded across a number of cultures as a very harsh form of capital punishment and recorded in myth and art. Impalement was also used during times of war to suppress rebellions , punish traitors or collaborators, and punish breaches of military discipline. Offenses where impalement was occasionally employed included contempt for the state's responsibility for safe roads and trade routes by committing highway robbery or grave robbery , violating state policies or monopolies, or subverting standards for trade. Offenders have also been impaled for a variety of cultural, sexual and religious reasons. Impaling an individual along the body length has been documented in several cases, and the merchant Jean de Thevenot provides an eyewitness account of this from 17th-century Egypt, in the case of a Jewish man condemned to death for the use of false weights: . They lay the malefactor upon his belly, with his hands tied behind his back, then they slit up his fundament with a razor, and throw into it a handful of paste that they have in readiness, which immediately stops the blood. After that, they thrust up into his body a very long stake as big as a mans arm, sharp at the point and tapered, which they grease a little before; when they have driven it in with a mallet, till it come out at his breast, or at his head or shoulders, they lift him up, and plant this stake very streight in the ground, upon which they leave him so exposed for a day.
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Please refresh the page and retry. M etal straws should be used with caution, a coroner has said, after a retired jockey died when she fell onto one which impaled her eye and caused a traumatic brain injury. Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, was carrying a mason-jar style drinking glass with a screw-top lid in her kitchen in Poole, Dorset, when she collapsed. The eco-friendly straws have increased in popularity as a replacement for single-use plastic straws as part of the fight against plastic waste. M rs Struthers-Gardner had been involved in the professional equestrian world until injury curtailed her career. She had been involved in eventing, showjumping, dressage and even training National Hunt horses in Newbury, Berks. The straw damaged Mrs Struthers-Gardner's brain stem, which controls breathing, with the tip of the implement coming to a rest against the back of her skull.
British court warns of dangers of using metal straws after woman dies due to brain injury
A ban on sigle-use plastic straws will go into effect next April in the UK, and across the EU in Photograph: iStock. A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that warned about the dangers of metal straws. Such straws have surged in popularity as an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic straws looms.
A British woman died when she fell onto her reusable straw, a coroner said in an inquest this week that highlighted the possible dangers of metal straws, The New York Times reported. Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, who had a disability, was carrying a mason-jar style drinking glass with a screw-top in her home in Broadstone, England, in November when she collapsed. Struthers-Gardner also had scoliosis and substance abuse issues, according to her wife. Plastic straw bans have increased in popularity, especially since a video of a sea turtle having a plastic straw removed from its nose went incredibly viral. Last year, the ban gained momentum when Starbucks announced its plan to eliminate its green plastic straws from all its stores in In , Seattle became the first major city in the U. Last September, California Gov. Jerry Brown D signed the first state law barring dine-in restaurants from providing plastic straws unless customers request them.