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Morning Cup of Links: Frankenstorm

Hurricane Sandy is headed for the U.S. and Arctic air may bring in snow from the west. The combination they're now calling "Frankenstorm" may hit New York in time for Halloween.
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How to Diagnose a Zombie. An animated TedEd talk from a couple of zombie experts.
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Horror Films You Didn’t Realize Were Based on True Stories. Even Freddy Krueger was born from evils ripped from the headlines.
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Ghost Photography of the 19th Century. The first use of special effects photography was to provide evidence of spirits among us.
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A modern human or a neanderthal: who would win in a fight?
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Universal Pictures is going to make another Conan the Barbarian sequel called The Legend of Conan. Now get this: 67-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger will play the role of Conan.
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The annual Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, is a spectacle of crowd control. Learn the story behind why the city is so holy.
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You know what goes great together? Portal 2 and Halo, when the games are mashed up in this neat machinima video.
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It's a special kind of anguish when your child is a mass murderer. Several parents tell what they've been through after finding out what their kids had done.
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Paleontologists have discovered exactly how a T. rex would eat a Triceratops. It's not a pretty sight, so there are no pictures.
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Halloween Costumes to Inflict Upon the Innocent. You'll enjoy these even if you don't have a baby to carry out your nefarious inspiration.

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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