More baffling municipal codes

I ran across this sign in a parking garage yesterday, and it really got me thinking ... what else would I do in a parking garage? Then again, there must be some really fun stuff happening in parking garages (that has nothing to do with parking cars) if they bothered to enact municipal code 3.36.280 specifically to ban it. But for the life of me, I don't know what. (I feel so out of the loop.) Maybe you guys can help me out here -- what the heck are they talking about?

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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