Les Mis/sewers 

Today was some light lunchtime reading about the history of the Paris sewers. 😱

They're particularly awful until a dangerous multi-year exploration starts in 1806. Slightly improved by 1832, much better by 1862.

And I kid you not, Hugo insists that Paris has the best *sewage*. While complaining about how we flush all that fertilizer out to sea, he actually describes "Parisian guano" as "the richest of all."

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