From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaTickle torture is a form of torture where a victim is subjected to tickling over a prolonged period of time.
Tickle torture most often involves restraining a person so they cannot pull or move away from the source of tickling, finding highly ticklish spots on the body, and then subjecting the victim to prolonged tickling over minutes or even hours.
Is tickle torture real?The debatable nature of tickle torture begins in that, historically, there is little evidence that it was actually practiced as a method of hard torture. Well-known torture epidemics, such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Spanish Inquisition, used methods of torture far more painful than acidosis from simple tickling.
As public humiliation, however, tickling would be an effective torture. In addition, a person being tickled and laughing cannot eat, drink, or sleep, meaning death by exhaustion if not by respiratory arrest, which is theoretically possible.
Possible tickle torture forms"Chinese tickle torture" is a term used in Western Society to imply an ancient form of torture practiced by the Chinese, in particular the courts of the Han Dynasty. Chinese tickle torture was allegedly a punishment for nobility since it left no marks and a victim could recover relatively easily and quickly.
Another example of tickle torture was used in Ancient Rome, where a person’s feet are dipped in a salt solution, and a goat is brought in to lick the solution off. This type of tickle torture would only start as tickling, and in the end wind up being extremely painful.
stocks are perhaps a device which gives credence to tickle torture as an actual torture method in that stocks are designed to restrain a person’s ankles, exposing their bare feet, thus allowing passersby to torture the soles with various methods such as tickling. According to tour guides at Colonial Williamsburg, people in the stocks could expect tormentors to “take off your shoes and socks and tickle your bare soles and toes.”
Another form of tickle torture is between siblings, lovers, and friends. In this scenario, one or more people gang up on one victim, proceed to hold down that person and tickle them to the point of helpless laughter. They will focus on tickling sensitive areas, like the soles of the bare feet and underarms. In this environment, however, the tickling perhaps last for no more than a few minutes and, should a person actually begin experiencing severe pain or discomfort the tickling would either be stopped by the initiators or another party (such as a parent) would step in.