Thought for the day

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty.  The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave." -- Andrew Fletcher 1698



Paris is too old The history of Paris dates back to 200 BC, when a Parisian tribe established their home beside the Seine River. It became an important trading post for the Romans and eventually became the largest city in all of Europe with a population of 200,000 people during the 1300s. They lost some numbers during the Black Plague and several wars, but today, more than two million people call the City of Lights home. They have unusual burial habits Speaking of the dead, Paris may have one of the most unusual burial sites in the world. The old town planners did not seem to have created enough space for cemeteries around many of Paris' churches, which became a real problem in 1780, when a particularly heavy rain razed the walls of the Les Innocents cemetery and The rotten corpses were sent on the streets. They chose to keep the old bodies in the old Tombe-Issor quarries that had been in use for a long time beneath the city, and since they were essentially just bones, they made little effort to keep the skeletons intact. In the early 1800s, the curious public was allowed to make an appointment to see the eerie display of bones. Although not as elaborately decorated as the Sedlec ossuary, people today still spend ten bucks a pop to see the bones of the more than six million Parisians buried in the Holocaust.