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Yesterday would have been Kurt Vonnegut's 90th birthday. Here's some of the best advice he left for the rest of us.
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What toxic chemicals are in your child's toys, clothing, and school supplies? The Plight Of A Protective Parent In A Chemical World.
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23 Bourbon-filled Desserts for Thanksgiving. With links to recipes for impressive pies, cakes, cookies, candy, and beverages.
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits Sesame Street to explain what a career is. "Princess" does not fit the definition.
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The company responsible for Rebecca Black's "Friday" gives us a better singer in Nicole Westbrook. However, the song "It's Thanksgiving" has to be the dumbest combination of words ever put together.
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The Breathtaking Colors of Iceland's Landmannalaugar Region. Volcanoes, Northern Lights, and fluorescent moss combine to add spectacular effects to already-gorgeous scenery.
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An explanation of why MTV no longer shows music videos. Get ready to feel old, no matter how young you are.
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How does the 007 of film stack up against the original Ian Fleming books? Here's a case for the superior literary James Bond.
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'Drunk Nate Silver' became the funniest post-election meme. This could be the most appropriate tribute possible for his magical forecasting of the election results.
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5 WTF-Worthy eBay Auctions. The joke is worth the money to someone, somewhere.

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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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