Chinese authorities are demanding exemplary punishment for an American man who allegedly stole a terracotta warrior's thumb while it was.
The English phrase rule of thumb refers to a principle with broad application that is not intended doctrine" which the judges believed had allowed husbands to physically punish their wives using implements no thicker than their thumbs.
The thumbscrew is a torture instrument which was first used in early modern Europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. Victims' thumbs, fingers, or toes were placed in the vice and slowly crushed.
China has demanded an American man be "severely punished" after he was alleged to have stolen a thumb from a terracotta warrior after.