Getting drenched in ice cold water in Slovakia is meant to symbolise youth and make women healthy for spring but this treasured tradition has its sceptics. Some people hide Easter eggs on Easter Sunday. I used to hide water guns. Yet no matter how hard I tried, on Easter Monday I would often wake up drenched in ice cold water as my brothers stood over me grinning. Seconds later, I would hear my mom shrieking from the other end of the apartment.
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In 21st century London, people are publicly shamed online; barely a month goes by without some foul-mouthed rant on public transport doing the rounds on Facebook or Twitter. But online obloquy has deep roots. In part two of our history of public shaming in London, we explore the despicable retributions such as branding, whipping and the drunkard's cloak. You can find part 1 here.
The House was aware, that by an act of the year , the system of public whipping of females had been wholly exploded; but he was surprised that the private whipping of females had been by that measure permitted to continue, looking on it as he did as objectionable, or even more objectionable than the other. It might be said, in defence of its continuance, that it was necessary for the sake of example; but, on the other hand, as the infliction of the punishment was private, it was in the power of the gaoler or other superintendant to render it the most excruciating torture possible, or a mere matter of form; and this alone he thought a decided objection to it. With respect to the public whipping of females, he was of opinion that no exhibition could be more revolting to the feelings. The act to which he had alluded only abolished the punishment of the public whipping of females; but if the House would agree with him, they would go much further. His intention was to move for leave to bring in a bill to repeal that act, and substitute other provisions for the more effectual prevention of the whipping of females; and the object of it would be to prohibit that practice, not only in the cases already provided for, but in workhouses, houses of correction, lunatic asylums, and other places for the reception of lunatics.