Both high–in the case of the cathedral of Notre Dame–and low, in the streets of San Francisco:
Between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco experienced a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets.
In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000.
That works out to a public poop incident being reported every 19 minutes, day and night. The absolute rate of public defecation must be higher, probably considerably so. What percentage of people take the time to log official complaints of particular encounters rather than merely shaking their heads as they go on their way?
Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list Tuesday as firefighters damped down the embers of the blaze which ravaged the ancient cathedral.
The original French version of the gothic novel, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, became the fastest selling book in France and is also a number one bestseller worldwide in English in two sub-categories of historical fiction.
The Disney animated movie version of the story also rocketed into the top 10 of family films.
Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. We’ll finally collectively realize what a precious thing we’ve lost when all we see in every direction is rubble.