'Gargoyle' is a Latin word that means gullet or drain. These grotesque looking half-man, half-beast statues actually served as drainpipes in the old days. The lovely Gothic looking gargoyles that sit on top of the Cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris had carried rain from the roof for over 600 hundred years. They were designed, sculpted by the little-known Victor Pyanet in the 19th century.
Apparently, there are a total of 5000 gargoyles in the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Paris. That's a lot of scary faces.