Monday, 28 January 2013

Self-containment


It’s no good – I can contain myself no longer. Actually, that would be terribly messy, wouldn’t it? Organs and tendons and bones spilling out in an unholy soup simply because my too-frail flesh could no longer hold them in, and should it happen, would I see it, like the beheaded man is believed to see for a glancing second or two? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

However, if a chicken can run around headless for days, or even eighteen months, as Mike the Headless Chicken did, why cannot a human? Granted, it would be bizarre if not actually terrifying and disgusting in equal degrees, but if a chicken can do it, why cannot a man? Superior being and all that . . .

I can’t see anyone volunteering to prove that it could be done, but you never know. Notoriety can bring money – I’m sure the people who survived hanging dined out on the story. Only two Englishmen survived attempted hanging three times, John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee and Joseph Samuel.

And now, having written this ramble, I find I can contain myself – for another day or two, at leastJ

13 comments:

  1. Hee, hee. I just finished reading a book about the French Revolution. Lots of beheadings there.

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  2. It is a good thing we have skin to contain us. Being a ghoulish person, I've actually wondered how long you live after being beheaded. I would think you would for a few seconds at least. It is a quick and painless way to go so I guess it wouldn't be too bad!

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  3. You what?

    Headless chickens notwithstanding, if I were to be hanged I’d hope the hangman would do it quickly and painlessly.

    Now see what you’ve made me do, imagine myself being . . . . . .
    O, I give up.

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  4. I confess that I have never heard of Mike the Headless Chicken. :))

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  5. Ha, I haven't heard of this headless chicken either. British humor?

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  6. Honestly I'm sure it's just a couple of minutes that they really do it for - twitching in the final throes ... anyway what? ... what? ... I now want to know what???

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  7. Well, aren't you feeling frisky today? I can't bear the thought of having no head.

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  8. I think I need a glass of wine. LOL

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  9. I seem to recall reports of folk guillotined in France... but I can't remember the details. Will have to research it a bit.

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  10. Unbelievable this story about the chicken Mike !
    You know, some men are in the same case, they lost their heads and run around without. What you see is only a virtual head. It wouldn't look clean a body without head. Could shock people.

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  11. You've left me with awful images of people running around headless. Not nice.

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  12. WOW...this may give me some crazy dreams tonight :)

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  13. Does 'nearly Headless Nick '....errr...sorry...Sir.Nicholas count? ..!!!

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