How to Hack Your iPod

While I have no desire to tweak a good thing, our partners at HowStuffWorks have an incredible article with links devoted to ways that you can Hack Into Your iPod: from playing video games like Doom on it, to turning your iPod into a universal remote control, to even installing a system for tracking and mapping your jogging routes. Pretty crazy"¦ of course, there's no hack yet for dipping your iPod into water and turning the water drinkable, so the SteriPEN (see below) is still on safe turf. Click here to read more.

PS: Apparently, hacking into your iPod voids your warranty, so proceed with caution!

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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