Torture has been in the news on television lately. Waterboarding now appears to have its own internationally understandable icon, judging from a segment I accidentally caught on Cheney and Pelosi. From time to time ancient torture comes up on this site in connection with unusual executions like pouring molten gold down the throat of a greedy man and, of course, crucifixion, but these are the tip of the iceberg, as an article from Spiegel online explains. In THE WORST WAYS TO DIE: Torture Practices of the Ancient World Matthias Schulz details some of the horrendous practices. Warning: I'll probably have nightmares for days. The squeamish shouldn't read it.