How To Love Like a Genius

For the past 5 years, mental_floss has been on a mission to help our readers live like geniuses. So, just in time for Valentines Day, we thought we'd put together a little worksheet to help you LOVE like geniuses. The worksheet includes strategies employed by smarties like Einstein and Dorothy Parker. Your mission is to match each genius to the romantic strategy he/she perfected. So click here to open the printable version. I suggest you tape it to your office/cubicle wall to let everyone know just how smart a lover you are.

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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