The few, the proud, the whomever

You see the darndest things while stuck in LA traffic -- like this bus ad. It brings to mind Groucho Marx's famous quip: "I don't care to belong to any club that would have me as a member." Especially if that club is the FBI ... and they're taking anyone. According to the AP:

"Hoping to attract up to 4,000 new employees by the end of September, the bureau has launched a major nationwide advertising campaign. It includes television, print and a radio blitz in the Washington area ... [and] other large cities where there is a large population of foreign language speakers."

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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