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The Missing Links: Lots O' Lincoln

I’m Just A Little Bit Excited For Lincoln
As the father of 3-year-old and 1-year-old boys, I only vaguely recall what the inside of a movie theatre looks like. But I made it a point almost a month ago to mark on the calendar the exact day when a fellow history nut friend of mine and I would be going to see Lincoln.

So, in my giddy anticipation of that film, I’ve been running across all kind of interesting stuff about Honest Abe. Here is a video clip from 60 Minutes Overtime where Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis discuss the making of the film.

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Lincoln Links
This morning Andréa shared with you in the "Morning Cup of Links" which Presidents have been depicted in the most films (I can't believe Chester A. Arthur has been in even TWO films).

That lists verifies just how ever-present Abe Lincoln is in American pop culture (He even showed up in the Police Squad! opening credits).

But he doesn't just show up in film. Check out this list of depictions of him through the years, which also features this really interesting painting of Lincoln and George Washington hugging in heaven.

Also, while he was a great man, Abe was not the namesake of Lincoln Logs.

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North Car-O-Line, Here We Come
Duke University has a class on everyone’s favorite rich, layered TV show, The OC.

If Duke was looking to give their rabid haters a better reason to dislike them than Christian Laettner, they may have succeeded.

(FULL DISCLOSURE: A bunch of really important mental_floss people went to Duke. So my official position is that I do not hate Duke.)

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Jon Stewart Was A Children’s Performer
That’s just one of the memories shared by comedy icon Caroline Hirsch, who also shares interesting stories about Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook and others.

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A Man Builds A Blimp to Help Him Find Bigfoot
That isn’t the terrible plot to a terrible movie. That’s something an actual college professor hopes to do.

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Man That Smarts!
Why do paper cuts hurt so very much?

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History
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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