Every semester I offer my students a chance to construct a working Stonehenge but so far I have had no takers, no one believes that they can meet the challenge.
But, in 2012 women will still climb onto the effigy of Victor Noir and brag about it online. There are web sites that offer fertility tours, and the French government had to remove the protective fences that ensured the sanctity and permanence of the cemetery because women protested over their rights. Rights? And what are those, exactly? It is believed that lying on the bronze statue will bring love, happiness and fertility. Victor Noir was a journalist and anti-Bonapartist in the 19th Century, a case of the messenger being shot. As part of the outcry over his murder, which was defended much the same as a "stand your ground" defense, a cast was made from his fallen body and it captured in detail the postmortem effects on the young man's corpse. Flowers, kisses and even sleeping on the statue have been the result.
In England, where they probably wish that they had something like this in Mayfair, they are nonetheless civilized enough to realize that they can turn away from certain superstitions and did something in 1996 -- they returned The Stone of Destiny to Scotland.