måndag 9 januari 2012

I realize we live in Medieval..

..settings here on Gotland when I discover on Blocket (the Swedish version of Ebay) that this horrifying old stock is for sale! It will be yours to pick up in Visby for a mere 30 dollars!
Stocks were devices used in the medieval and colonial American times as a form of physical punishment involving public humiliation. The stocks partially immobilized its victims and they were often exposed in a public place such as the site of a market to the scorn of those who passed by.
Since the purpose of putting offenders in the stocks was to expose them to ridicule and mockery, passers-by were encouraged to throw at those being punished mud, rotten eggs, moldy fruit and vegetables, smelly fish, offal, and excrement (both animal and human). Consequently, many of those who sat in the stocks were very dirty and smelly by the time that they were let out.
Present time:
The Medieval Festival in Visby takes place every year in August.
Taking stock only of the Medieval supplies of the August Fair in Visby!
Fair enough!