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WHEEL. The punishment of the wheel was formerly to put a criminal on a wheel, and then to break his bones until he expired. This barbarous punishment was never used in the United States, and it has been abolished in almost every civilized country.

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Thus there appear wheelless two-wheelers, vegetarian cannibals, a bald witch with a chainsaw, and a well filler in the desert, among many other delightful inventions and inversions of logic and conventional wisdom.