The Catacombs of Paris

Paris has a deeper and stranger connection to its underground than almost any city, and that underground is one of the richest. The arteries and intestines of Paris, the hundreds of miles of tunnels that make up some of the oldest and densest subway and sewer networks in the world, are just the start of it. Under Paris there are spaces of all kinds: canals and reservoirs, crypts and bank vaults, wine cellars transformed into nightclubs and galleries. Most surprising of all are the carrières—the old stone quarries that fan out in a deep and intricate web under many neighborhoods, mostly in the southern part of the metropolis.

These sections of caverns and tunnels have been transformed into underground ossuaries, holding the remains of about 6 million people. Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874.

The official name for these subterranean veins is l’Ossuaire Municipal. Although the cemetery portion covers only a small section of underground tunnels comprising “les carrières de Paris”, Parisians today often refer to the entire tunnel network as “The Catacombs.”

academic work is being procrastinated as we speak

I was tagged by remylaforgewilbury so here’s what’s up.

I’m supposed to answer the 11 questions he came up with, and then make 11 of my own, and tag 11 people to answer them. Soo..

1. What do you want the most right now? To understand why I have felt the way I do lately because it is unpleasant.

2. Have you consumed alcohol in the past 48 hours? No I have not.

3. Do you believe that humans are the most advanced life form in the universe? hahaha no way! Considering how long time has been a thing and that there are more suns than grains of sand, I would say there has to be a smarter civilization somewhere.

4. Does music affect you emotionally? Yes, it’s one of the few things that does.

5. If you were a citizen of a democratic nation in which Ewan McGregor ran for the executive office, could you see yourself voting for him? I don’t really know his politics and I get kind of heated if I can’t see their point.. So perhaps if we have a majority of opinions in common?

6. Would you like to see historical films in which the characters are portrayed by actors of the correct ethnicity? Most definitely, I’m all about accuracy.

7. If you could live one person’s life for a day, who would it be? Well fuck. I’m most inclined to say an astronaut cause zero gravity is something I want to experience. Maybe the president. Or someone training for the Iditarod. I find a lot of people/lives fascinating so this is hard haha

8. Do you believe that you are a body or a soul? Soul, for sure. 

9. Have you ever been kissed by Halle Berry? ha, no

10. Is Hugo Weaving your relative by marriage? Not that I know of?

11. If I paid you, would you kill me? I believe people have a right to that kind of thing.. but I don’t think I could be the one to do it :/

Okay so here’s my questions:

1. Name three of your childhood idols/crushes.

2. If you were guaranteed success, what would you do in life? and is it the same thing you’re doing now?

3. Are you a holiday person or a total grinch?

4. Is there an event or period of time you could school me on historically?

5. How important is nature to you?

6. What type of art speaks to you the most?

7. How do you feel about sports?

8. Have you ever made a costume or cosplayed a character?

9. Do you believe in reincarnation?

10. Do you handle high pressure situations gracefully?

11. Are you an adrenaline junky, and if so, what’s the wildest thing you’ve done?

I tag tiffanisis, hailette, remylaforgewilbury (if you want to), fapsandnaps, juicesponge, buried-at-sea, nastynate138, gandalfthewhite, owlsloveglitter, rhapsodyinteal and cmfcknw


Weekend Wrap-Up :: April 1 - 8, 2012

1.) Tornado season made a shockingly violent debut for residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area yesterday, as a series of as many as twelve tornados touched down across the region, leaving thousands without power and an estimated 650 homes damaged. -

2.) New Orleans played host to a true battle of college basketball heavyweights Monday night as the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 to win the 2012 NCAA National Championship. The victory marks the 8th title in school history for the Wildcats, good for 2nd all-time. - ESPN

3.) Two Navy pilots ejected from a fighter jet Friday, sending the unmanned plane careening into a Virginia Beach apartment complex and tearing the roof off at least one building that was engulfed in flames, officials said. Six people, including both pilots, were taken to hospitals. - Associated Press

4.) Thomas Kinkade, the self-described “Painter of Light,” died Friday at age 54. He produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light that were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment. Kinkade died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes. - Huffington Post

5.) The doors to Oakland’s “higher” education institution known as Oaksterdam University remained blocked off by yellow caution tape Tuesday after the school was targeted in a federal raid Monday afternoon. An army of agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Marshals Service descended on the campus, which is famed for its training in the medical-marijuana industry. - TIME NewsFeed

6.) Following expected primary victories over Rick Santorum in Maryland and D.C. Tuesday night, Mitt Romney won the biggest prize of the evening in Wisconsin, earning a significant number of delegates and bolstering his frontrunner status. - Yahoo!

7.) Employers added 120,000 jobs last month - half the December-February pace and well short of the 210,000 economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in February to 8.2 percent, the lowest since January 2009. - Associated Press

8.) Malicious software designed to steal personal information infected more than 600,000 Mac computers worldwide, warns a Russian cyber security firm. The Moscow-based anti-virus vendor Dr. Web said Wednesday malware known as the Flashback Trojan had managed to install itself on about 550,000 Apple Inc. computers around the world, with 57% of infected PCs in the U.S. and another 20% in Canada. - National Post