Finally, a way that we can all just get along (at the dinner table)

I don't know about you guys, but while I'm fairly adequate with chopsticks, I occasionally stumble onto that rare piece of giant tofu, or onagiri, or whatever, that's so large it needs to be cut apart before I wrench it towards my mouth. And because I've made the mistake of eating Asian food with Asian friends, I'm always a little hesitant about how to tackle the situation. Do I anchor the food down with one chopstick in my left hand and try to serrate with the other in my right? Do I just keeping folding the food in half as much as I can, and then try to stuff it down my throat? Or do I reach for the knife and fork that's staring up at me, and just give in to the eventual embarrassment? Well, consider my problems solved. According to the Cooking Enthusiast site, Fusion Flatware helps you "eat in any language!"Â  The set of 6 chopsticks full of silverwarey  goodness sells for $34.99 and is available here. Link via OhGizmo.

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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