Like a lot of people, I'd always assumed, in a sort of cut-rate Hobbesian way, that the center of the brain, if you could ever find it, would inevitably be a pretty dark place, that whatever is good or beautiful about being human is a result of our struggles against everything innate, against physical nature. My brother changed my mind about all that.
30 Ways to Die of Electrocution.
A Flickr set reprinted from 1931 a German book called Electrocution in 132 Pictures
Edison electrocutes an elephant at Coney Island.
I never knew this horrifying bit of history until I read about it via rscharm's MeFi post.