How To Tie Stuff Up

My Cub Scout career was less than illustrious. A poor showing in the Pinewood Derby sunk my hopes of making Webelos (I have no idea whether that was the actual progression. Feel free to correct me.) So far, I've been lucky. I've gone 27 years without needing to fasten a good knot. But you never know what's waiting around the corner, fit to be tied.

Study along with me, courtesy of Mother Earth News: How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots.

[For the record, I do know How to Tie a Tie.]

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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