So THAT'S what 8,900 snow angels would look like

People will do the strangest things to get into the Guinness Book. In the town of Bismarck, North Dakota's case, it's getting everyone in town and their kids and cousins to lie on their backs at the state capitol grounds and flap their arms and legs frantically, all at the same time. Bismarck held the world record in 2002, when 1,791 people assembled to make snow angels, but a few years later students at Michigan Technological University snatched it away with a 3,784-person angel. The hyper-competitive Bismarckans refused to back down, however, and last Saturday they reclaimed their Guinness crown.

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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