Creep yourself out with a haunted portrait

We're not altogether certain who would want one of these in their house, unless you've got a collection of shrunken heads and necklaces woven from human hair for them to go along with. But just in case your taste runs to the morbid side of things, check out these downright-freaky "haunted" portraits, available from According to the artist, Norm Lanier, "The effect is created by a lenticular lens mounted to a computer interlaced print. As the viewer changes perspective he sees a different part of the interlaced image, causing the image to shift. The entire effect is completely self contained and requires no power source."

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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