1. New Orleans is kindly called "Nola" by the locals.
I found this confusing at first, thinking it was a direction-related abbreviation, like Nolita in New York, or Soho. "How can New Orleans be north of Louisiana?" I asked my hubby. After his blank stare, I was like, "OHHHH."
2. There are slow cookers in plain sight within the cemeteries.
It's true. The above-ground tombs of the famous Nola cemeteries exist because corpses can't be buried due to the high water table. Instead, they're kept above ground in stone tombs/mausoleums after death. Inside, a body in a wooden casket will disintegrate in only a few months to a year. In the summer, the tombs get so hot inside that they basically bake the corpses and vastly speed up decomposition. Our tour guide told us (in a rather perky fashion) that "The New Orleans dead don't go to Hell. They get slow cookered!"
3. Fecal transplants can be funny.
Seriously. This one gastroenterologist gave a talk and an auditorium full of hundreds of internists were nearly peeing in their seats.
(Do you really want to know what a fecal transplant is? No, you don't. You really, REALLY don't.
Trust me on this. However. If I get an overwhelming response in the comments about it, then I'll do a Medical Mondays on it and gross you all out to the fullest extent of my abilities.)
On that pleasant, scatological note, I'll leave you with a few choice photos from my trip.
|Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans|
|House in Garden District with jasmine vines. I'm so proud of this one. That jasmine is Pinterest-worthy!|
|Sandra Bullock's house in the Garden District (and my big fat thumb in the lower right. No, not a New Orleans ghost!)|
|Cafe du Monde perfection: cafe au laits with beignets|