Good morning. Today is quartidi, the 14th of Nivôse, Year CCXXXI. We celebrate le grès, a soft and abundant sedimentary rock.
The tiny hamlet of Bergheim in modern-day Germany has passed hands an uncountable number of times, and suffered bouts of horrific violence, but it still stands a testament to the stubborn and pugnacious values of a rebellious medieval town.
For starts, at the northern gate of the town — which dates back 600 years – there's a carving in pink sandstone of a man thumbing his nose and baring his ass at an unseen pursuer. This little carving, known as the "Lack'mi," tells you everything you need to know about Bergheim.