More than a century after the start of World War I, the area surrounding Verdun, France is still an unbelievably dangerous place.
The Zone Rouge (Red Zone) is a region near Verdun, France spanning some 460 square miles of mostly virgin forest – at least on the surface. It’s teeming with history, making it a major tourist attraction and a source of income for locals – yet no one lives there and nothing is built there.
Despite its draw, access is restricted because not everyone who goes in comes out alive. If they do, there’s no guarantee that they’ll do so with all of their limbs intact. Of those who do come out, death sometimes takes a while to catch up.
While some bits look like pristine forest, they hide millions of explosives – both the ones that have gone off, as well as those just waiting for someone or something to set them off. Weapons, helmets, and even skeletal fragments are still being found, something that’s likely to go on for centuries to come and ensure employment for those brave enough to work for the Département du Déminage. (H/T – AOSHQ)
I’m considering sending plane tickets to the Kardashians, and letting them know there are a million pounds of gold bullion inside the area. How can they possibly resist?