yes, catacombs and cremation
living in the u.s., it is hard to get the mind around the fact that a major city would be sitting on top of (amongst other more logically predictable things like sewers, old city structures, untertrains) a matrix of tunnels of organized human remains. moreover that random everyday people can wander these tunnels and that some actually hang out/do guerilla art/etc in said tunnels is genuinely astounding. the parisian catacombs. huh. and we haven't even gotten to how macabre and surreal bone filled floor to ceiling tunnels are. someone(s) has also organized the remains by bone type, with a slight aesthetic flair using the skulls to break up the monotony of the long bones. and these are the remains of the relatively privileged. i could spend days in those dank old tunnels. however, i would hope to fall short of the catophiles or whatever those people totally obsessed with catacombs are labeled.
which brings us to cremation and the creation of a hapless human clone race. if you needed a new class of worker bees, guinea pig space colonists for gaia xii, a high school science project to secure that harvard admission, enter remainor reanimator...you could salvage dna from most human remains and clone up tons of peeps from the past or not so past. the exception would be the cremated ones, though not impossible, i would think highly unlikely to get enough viable dna for the remaino-clonometer. if the mormons can claim the souls of the departed as converts to mormonism...add water and evil genius. funny that the later day saints, lds, is just a frame inversion from lsd, which you would need to be on to actually believe the book of mormon. but to each his own.
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