TIL In 1014, Byzantine Emperor Basil II captured several thousand Bulgarian soldiers, put them into groups of 100, and blinded 99 in every group. The last soldiers had only one eye gouged out and were ordered to lead their blind friends home. Upon seeing this, Tsar Samuel died of a heart attack.

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  1. You should check out the Pashtuns:

    When they captured some of Alexander’s men over 2000 years ago, first thing they did was castrate every single one. The women took half, staked them to the ground, and took turns urinating into their mouths until they drowned. The men took half, blinded them and cut off their fingers and toes, and kept them as ‘concubines,’ because rape of a male prisoner is considered masculine

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