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Defenestration is a punishment that consists of the following parts:
- Lifting a person off of the ground.
- Throwing them out a window.
- Chuckling quietly, sometimes maniacally, and noting that justice has been served.
edit Early Pioneers
Defenestration began as an early failed attempt at manned flight. Renowned naturalist Sir Miles Plimpton hypothesized that human beings could fly if they were thrown out of a high enough window. In the ensuing experiments all of Sir Plimpton's household staff ended up falling to their deaths somehow. It must be noted that Sir Plimpton did attempt to control the experiment by throwing household birds out of the window as well, unfortunately he didn't release the birds from their cages and they too perished.
Years later his grandson Dr. Kilometers Plimpton attempted the same stunt, this time with bullfrogs and covalently bonded Hydrogen ions. Unfortunately, they melded together and created a superhero, The Covalent Bullfrog. He was later exposed to The Ionic Bullfrog so there on called The Metallic Bullfrog. Rumors later circulated that he was in an affair with Jennifer Aniston.
edit As Punishment
Harold Crowley of Dorchester by the Sea first used defenestration as a theological legal argument against his cousin, Edgar, who he suspected of stealing a raspberry tart. Crowley famously said "If God wants you to fly, you will," before chucking Edgar from the attic window of the family's stately house positioned on the edge of a 500-foot-high rocky cliff. Edgar shrieked what is believed to be a confession as he fell to a grisly death, and eyewitnesses swore in court that the tart was found with the body, although this evidence has been doubted by modern forensic experts. None-the-less, legal precedent was immediately set and defenstration became an efficient short cut to the long lines at the London gallows.
Unfortunately, few buildings in the 18th century were high enough to consistently kill a defenestration victim on impact. This was made especially difficult by the layers of filth and raw sewage that cushioned criminals' falls. The punishment was formally discontinued when a convicted mass murderer was thrown from Chancery only to sprain his ankle and limp through an additional vicious killing spree. At this point, one zealous barrister suggested shooting the criminals in the head and then throwing them out the window. This idea met with opposition on two counts 1) why throw the bodies out the window at all? and 2) the suggesting barrister represented the defendant. Before long defenestration lost its legal justification and was pulled from the normal functions of the judicial system. However, the tradition continued as an underground punishment for knaves who were caught cheating at pinochle.
In modern times, defenestration enjoyed an exciting resurgence. Ambitious young college drunks have found new and innovative ways to self-defenestrate. The process has become so popular that there is currently a petition circulating to have it added to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held, fittingly, in Beijing, China. If the petition is accepted it will be the first time people have been thrown from windows there since the defenestration boom surrounding the Cultural Revolution.
Note: the Defenestration of Prague