TIL there is no evidence of iron maidens — hinged iron cabinets with spikes that enveloped the victim — before 1802. Reports of spiked devices used by Spartan tyrant Nabis or Abbasid vizier Ibn al-Zayyat may have inspired the 19th century invention, which museums displayed to attract visitors.

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