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(NPR)   There's a place in France where the ladies wear no pants. And there's a hole in the streets where the men can....uh...ah, screw it. Just go read the article. It's nice   (npr.org ) divider line
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2011-01-30 04:09:03 PM  
Wait, its in Paris? I thought submitter said it was Nice?
 
2011-01-30 04:27:29 PM  
I was led to believe I would find French ladies with no pants here.

Huh.
 
2011-01-30 04:29:45 PM  
Isn't that called a "glory hole"?
 
2011-01-30 04:34:17 PM  
I thought I was going to read an article about French ladies with no pants, but instead I get a boring-ass article about time traveling spelunkers or something. I am disappoint.
 
2011-01-30 04:34:26 PM  
I've been down in the old mine tunnels under Paris. Not for the claustrophobic.

/also a great way to get arrested
 
2011-01-30 04:34:56 PM  
Finally, something else nice about France.

media.us.macmillan.com
 
2011-01-30 04:35:43 PM  
So they're going down a manhole in the asphalt?

NTTAWWT.
 
2011-01-30 04:35:58 PM  
Apparently some US cities have these as well. I dimly remember an article in the zine "Infiltration" about these guys exploring the ones in Minneapolis: they squeezed through these thin tunnels and came out in some utility space under the bridge. It sounded terrifying, all I could think about was the possibility of them getting stuck and dying there.
 
2011-01-30 04:38:47 PM  
I saw no women without pants :(
 
2011-01-30 04:38:51 PM  
Subby missed the obvious 'under Paris' joke.
 
2011-01-30 04:43:42 PM  

No Such Agency: Apparently some US cities have these as well. I dimly remember an article in the zine "Infiltration" about these guys exploring the ones in Minneapolis: they squeezed through these thin tunnels and came out in some utility space under the bridge. It sounded terrifying, all I could think about was the possibility of them getting stuck and dying there.


It's also featured in the movie "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness"

/Urban Explorer
//Getting a kick out of these replies
 
2011-01-30 04:49:31 PM  
No pictures of Inigo yet?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-01-30 04:50:08 PM  

unyon: Subby missed the obvious 'under Paris' joke.


cdn.media.soapnet.com

Not amused.
 
2011-01-30 04:50:09 PM  

jaytkay: I was led to believe I would find French ladies with no pants here.

Huh.


OK, fine, I guess I have to do everything myself around here.

lh4.ggpht.com
lh4.ggpht.com
 
2011-01-30 04:54:44 PM  

unlikely: I've been down in the old mine tunnels under Paris.


i162.photobucket.com

I think I ran into you down there once.
 
2011-01-30 05:01:05 PM  
subby: There's a place in France where the ladies wear no pants. And there's a hole in the streets where the men can....uh...ah, screw it.

Done in none.
 
2011-01-30 05:01:14 PM  
Well, I think the underneath of older cities can be very interesting...

ecx.images-amazon.com

www.suzannecollinsbooks.com

New Orleans doesn't have an underground, of course. We bury our dead aboveground.

/Pics hot
 
2011-01-30 05:03:15 PM  
What about in London?
 
2011-01-30 05:11:06 PM  
CSB time, I guess.

My best friend and I went for a tour of the Mediterranean during our college years, for about a month of sleeping in cut-rate hostels and spending as little money as reasonably possible while still traveling. Along the way, we met a nice Parisian girl, and got back in touch on our way back through Paris, as she'd returned home by then.

She invites us out one night for a party with some friends, and we think this is great. So we head out, and meet up with them, on a street corner. One of them has a big prybar. This seems kind of odd, but whatevever. Then they get us to keep an eye out for the cops while they pull off a manhole, and down we go.

It bears mentioning that we had no idea that this was the plan until we got there. Thank freaking god we're Canadian and spoke enough French to get by and didn't feel completely out of touch with everyone.

We crawl down two levels, probably about 30 or 40 feet, and take off into the tunnels, traveling by portable gaslight. We never got quite as cramped as a few of those shots, but there were a couple stretches that were only about 4' high, so we were scabbling along hunched over. We finally came out into a rather large chamber, about 15' x 10', with a couple stone pillars in the middle, and enough crannies and ledges that there were plenty of "benches" for sitting and "shelves" for candles and booze, which were being hauled out of the backpacks as we got there.

And it turns out these "cataphiles" were also buskers. So we spent the rest of the evening 50' underground in the catacombs of Paris getting drunk and having our steadily drunker new friends practice their fire show, juggling flaming torches, playing around with flaming devil sticks, fire breathing/eating, etc.

It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.
 
2011-01-30 05:15:49 PM  

Thorak: And it turns out these "cataphiles" were also buskers. So we spent the rest of the evening 50' underground in the catacombs of Paris getting drunk and having our steadily drunker new friends practice their fire show, juggling flaming torches, playing around with flaming devil sticks, fire breathing/eating, etc.

It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


That sounds amazing.
 
2011-01-30 05:27:06 PM  

No Such Agency: Apparently some US cities have these as well. I dimly remember an article in the zine "Infiltration" about these guys exploring the ones in Minneapolis: they squeezed through these thin tunnels and came out in some utility space under the bridge. It sounded terrifying, all I could think about was the possibility of them getting stuck and dying there.


That would be the Action Squad (new window), and they are awesome. Their stories have captivated me for years now.

The mission in particular is the Wasasha Street Bridge (new window).
 
2011-01-30 05:35:09 PM  

Arkanaut: What about in London?


Indeed...

images1.fanpop.com

/Hot
 
2011-01-30 05:53:51 PM  

jaytkay: I was led to believe I would find French ladies with no pants here.

Huh.


img192.imageshack.us
 
2011-01-30 06:01:03 PM  

Thorak: It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


That is quite seriously a cool story, bro.

/ya really
 
2011-01-30 06:05:05 PM  
Let me get this straight - Paris Hilton is not wearing any pants and is screwing guys under the streets, and you think that's nice?
 
2011-01-30 06:06:29 PM  

Thorak: ...It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


Now that is the most awesome vacation story ever.
 
2011-01-30 06:13:32 PM  
I find the lack of pics of Paris chicks without pants very disappointing.
 
2011-01-30 06:19:33 PM  
www.moderntimes.com

What a lady with no pants may look like.
 
2011-01-30 06:26:21 PM  
Pants are an illusion.

/So is death
 
2011-01-30 06:28:02 PM  
i51.tinypic.com
 
2011-01-30 06:32:03 PM  
p0rn4you.com

Trust me. She's wearing no pants.
 
2011-01-30 06:34:17 PM  

thunderleg: No Such Agency: Apparently some US cities have these as well. I dimly remember an article in the zine "Infiltration" about these guys exploring the ones in Minneapolis: they squeezed through these thin tunnels and came out in some utility space under the bridge. It sounded terrifying, all I could think about was the possibility of them getting stuck and dying there.

That would be the Action Squad (new window), and they are awesome. Their stories have captivated me for years now.

The mission in particular is the Wasasha Street Bridge (new window).


Thanks for that, love seeing into the nooks and crannies of the area.

/in St Paul
//likes to wander off the beaten path
///isn't -quite- that daring/brave
////yet
 
2011-01-30 06:35:17 PM  
And they don't wear pants on the other side of France...

img.youtube.com

/ Monster AAAAA!!!
// Monster ahhhh!!!
 
2011-01-30 07:00:18 PM  
Cataphile?

Sounds like a cross between a pedophile and a catamite.

Call the police!
 
2011-01-30 07:09:34 PM  

SilentStrider: Wait, its in Paris? I thought submitter said it was Nice?


Just a Lille off.
 
2011-01-30 07:09:37 PM  

No Such Agency: Apparently some US cities have these as well. I dimly remember an article in the zine "Infiltration" about these guys exploring the ones in Minneapolis: they squeezed through these thin tunnels and came out in some utility space under the bridge. It sounded terrifying, all I could think about was the possibility of them getting stuck and dying there.


Yeah, these guys (new window) have pretty much explored them all. Plus a bunch of abandoned above ground structures in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
 
2011-01-30 07:14:24 PM  

mtylerjr: SilentStrider: Wait, its in Paris? I thought submitter said it was Nice?

Just a Lille off.


You just had to Reims that pun, didn't you?.
 
2011-01-30 07:19:36 PM  
There was some series on NatGeo or the History Channel where they went around the world showing these things.

I preferred the first host, I always assumed he had ADHD or something. He was not a professional presenter, but always genuine.
 
2011-01-30 07:55:13 PM  
I think No Reservations went down there in the Paris episode, and I know Ghost Hunters International did a hunt there. For the record, it was declared "Not haunted, but really cool", and they explained a few things I'd always wondered about. Like the mysterious deadly green gas that used to appear during the construction of some of the tunnels; they checked the geology of the area and ooo, look, there's a scientific explanation for it.
 
2011-01-30 08:07:33 PM  
same green gas that lurks around my living room after a bowl of Dad's chili
 
2011-01-30 08:16:30 PM  

Thorak: CSB time, I guess.

My best friend and I went for a tour of the Mediterranean during our college years, for about a month of sleeping in cut-rate hostels and spending as little money as reasonably possible while still traveling. Along the way, we met a nice Parisian girl, and got back in touch on our way back through Paris, as she'd returned home by then.

She invites us out one night for a party with some friends, and we think this is great. So we head out, and meet up with them, on a street corner. One of them has a big prybar. This seems kind of odd, but whatevever. Then they get us to keep an eye out for the cops while they pull off a manhole, and down we go.

It bears mentioning that we had no idea that this was the plan until we got there. Thank freaking god we're Canadian and spoke enough French to get by and didn't feel completely out of touch with everyone.

We crawl down two levels, probably about 30 or 40 feet, and take off into the tunnels, traveling by portable gaslight. We never got quite as cramped as a few of those shots, but there were a couple stretches that were only about 4' high, so we were scabbling along hunched over. We finally came out into a rather large chamber, about 15' x 10', with a couple stone pillars in the middle, and enough crannies and ledges that there were plenty of "benches" for sitting and "shelves" for candles and booze, which were being hauled out of the backpacks as we got there.

And it turns out these "cataphiles" were also buskers. So we spent the rest of the evening 50' underground in the catacombs of Paris getting drunk and having our steadily drunker new friends practice their fire show, juggling flaming torches, playing around with flaming devil sticks, fire breathing/eating, etc.

It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


That is, indeed, a cool story.
 
2011-01-30 08:16:30 PM  
I tried to watch that video while drunk. Not cool.

/ drunk
 
2011-01-30 08:16:31 PM  
I want to explore the caves in Cat's underground ifyouknowwhatimean.
 
2011-01-30 08:19:19 PM  
I can't read that. The pictures gave me claustrophobia and I had to bail out immediately.

Sheesh!
 
2011-01-30 08:44:55 PM  

Thorak: It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


Was the fire juggler 'named' Pakapin and was there a person with sticks and a spindle on a string named Lolo?
 
2011-01-30 08:46:41 PM  
Would've bet that the headline was a bizarre takeoff on the first couple lines of Stairway To Heaven.
 
2011-01-30 08:52:34 PM  

Thorak: CSB time, I guess.

My best friend and I went for a tour of the Mediterranean during our college years, for about a month of sleeping in cut-rate hostels and spending as little money as reasonably possible while still traveling. Along the way, we met a nice Parisian girl, and got back in touch on our way back through Paris, as she'd returned home by then.

She invites us out one night for a party with some friends, and we think this is great. So we head out, and meet up with them, on a street corner. One of them has a big prybar. This seems kind of odd, but whatevever. Then they get us to keep an eye out for the cops while they pull off a manhole, and down we go.

It bears mentioning that we had no idea that this was the plan until we got there. Thank freaking god we're Canadian and spoke enough French to get by and didn't feel completely out of touch with everyone.

We crawl down two levels, probably about 30 or 40 feet, and take off into the tunnels, traveling by portable gaslight. We never got quite as cramped as a few of those shots, but there were a couple stretches that were only about 4' high, so we were scabbling along hunched over. We finally came out into a rather large chamber, about 15' x 10', with a couple stone pillars in the middle, and enough crannies and ledges that there were plenty of "benches" for sitting and "shelves" for candles and booze, which were being hauled out of the backpacks as we got there.

And it turns out these "cataphiles" were also buskers. So we spent the rest of the evening 50' underground in the catacombs of Paris getting drunk and having our steadily drunker new friends practice their fire show, juggling flaming torches, playing around with flaming devil sticks, fire breathing/eating, etc.

It was the most goddamned surreal thing I have ever been a part of. But amazing nonetheless.


That's a hop, skip, and shiatty love story away from the next season's hottest rom-com.
 
2011-01-30 08:59:52 PM  
less talk, more pics
 
2011-01-30 09:04:05 PM  
Does anyone know what that room with the skulls and bones is (or was)? Because that's hella creepy. And I guess it has some archeological or historical significance, so I hope these caver guys aren't damaging it.
 
2011-01-30 09:26:58 PM  
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Bottomless Bardot
 
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