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And how about Newgrange and the passage graves of the ancient ones there. :)
Thanks for an intriguing look at a rather timeless subject!
Well done "le fleur ephemeral"

Many years ago, I spent hours in the Louvre, trying to find some exhibit that wasn't the Impressionists (much as I enjoy them). down stairs, through doors, down a hallway and voila! The Impressionists! Repeat ad infinitum. I suspect that vast building is actually just a few small galleries and a couple of wormholes. The rest of the space is, who knows, maybe an ossuary.

Of which the world has a lot. The first one I ever saw was at the foot of Mt. Sinai: the abbots in niches, seated and fully dressed, although a bit this, and the rest of the monks separated into ribs in one bin, left arms in another, right arms nearby and so forth. Smelled very odd.

Since then, I've seen a few more where someone with a bizarre sense of -- something or other (maybe humor) -- made cute decorations. Sconces made from bonces, mandalas of mandibles, walls of pelvises. Weird. I've gone off them, really.

It sounds like Paris was fun!

Another masterful post. And it made me remember one of my favorite popular science books, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. This was an absolutely delightful book. Mary Roach definitely has a deadpan dark sense of humor, but it's hard not to find humor in the absurdities she finds as she traces the path of what can happen to you after you die -- from use in forensic studies, to testing car safety devices, to serving as a model for cosmetic surgery. She's just come out with a new book -- Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Sounds like a must-read to me!

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I'm a huge fan of STIFF. And SPOOK. And I expect I'll thoroughly enjoy BONK as well.

And folks: check out the Science Geek Girl blog, which is teh awesome... one of these days I'll get around to updating my long-outdated blogroll.

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      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
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      1/2 oz light rum
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      2 oz light cream
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      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1/2 oz sloe gin
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      7 oz orange juice
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      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
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