Born on the 29th of February

This is not a leap year. The following people will have to wait until 2008 to celebrate their actual birthdays:

  • Ja Rule, rapper (February 29, 1976)
  • Dennis Farina, Law & Order actor (February 29, 1944)
  • Bryce Paup, former Bills & Packers linebacker (February 29, 1968)
  • Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker (February 29, 1960)
  • Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, America's first African-American weather reporter (February 29, 1952)
  • Henrik Sundstorm, Swedish tennis star (February 29, 1964)

And a Happy (it's-not-really-your) Birthday to Pedro Zamora, cast member of the third Real World and AIDS activist born February 29, 1972. Zamora passed away in 1994.

But the most interesting leap year birthday story was that of the Henriksen children. On February 29, 1960, Heidi was born. Four years later to the (leap) day, out popped Olav. And on February 29, 1968, the Henriksens achieved the trifecta with Leif-Martin.

Anyone born on February 29? When do you celebrate in non-leap years?

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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