"As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.
But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London."
Mostly I’m like ‘fuck the south’ but whenever anyone not from the south is like ‘fuck the south’ I’m like ‘the south was economically and developmentally crippled by the civil war in ways that are absolutely viscerally present in everyday life and the lack of literacy and food and health in general that runs rampant in the rural south at large can be attributed to the assassination of Lincoln and failure of the government through reconstruction due to bitterness over the succession which perpetuates the confederate flag waving redneck stereotype that feels the government has failed them resulting in the republican ideal of the self reliant, self made man especially in states whose economies revolved around plantations and desperately needed assistance weening off of the free labor that slaves provided that was never provided which could have ultimately had an incredibly positive effect on the social development regarding race on the whole of the world. I blame Andrew Johnson and you can go FCUK YOURSELF’