The Late Movies: Six Songs Inspired by Hurricane Sandy

First: If you're one of our readers in New Jersey, Delaware, New York, or any of the other areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts are with you. Now, on to the Late Movies business: Hurricane Sandy has inspired some budding singer-songwriters. We've got six examples of how they spent their time during the storm.


This parody of Barry Manilow's ballad "Mandy" expresses how a lot of people on the United States' East Coast feel right now.

"I Want to Sing"

Jerry Harris wrote this song while waiting out the storm.

"The Hurricane Sandy Song"

Thumper Entertainment offers up this rap song about Sandy.

"Hopelessly Preparing for You"

This Grease-themed parody talks about getting ready for the hurricane to hit.

"Hurricane Laid"

Angie Atkinson performs this folk-y anthem. This has some NSFW language, so keep that in mind before clicking.

"Hurricane Sandy Time"

Two guys with acoustic guitars and an attempt at harmonizing.

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).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

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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