Fatal Flying Guillotine machine

from Wu-Tang Clan (Ft. Streetlife) – Deadly Melody Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Fatal Flying Guillotine refers to the 1977 Kung-Fu classic of the same name. It is also a reference to the fabled ‘Flying Guillotine" weapon of Chinese/Tibetan origin which has appeared in a number of movies including: Master of the Flying Guillotine, Flying Guillotine, Flying Guillotine 2, Vengeful Beauty, Octopussy, The Heroic Trio, Iron Monkey 2, Seven Swords, The Machine Girl, and The Guillotines.

A flying guillotine is an obscure throwing weapon made of a ring large enough to fit over one’s head with a bag attached to one side and blades around the circumference. A chain is also attached so once thrown over the victims head, the chain can be yanked, which causes the ring to contract and the surrounding blades decapitate the victim. The head is then contained in the attached bag which can be retrieved by the assailant holding the chain. It is a very impractical weapon, with a dubious historical existence, however, the very notion of a ‘flying guillotine evokes nightmarish terror in the minds of many.

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