Friday Potpourri

Like the water pressure in a cheap motel's shower, my posting frequency has been weak. Rather than discuss the side projects that have monopolized my time, I will instead offer up some links for the weekend. Sorry I couldn't get to these earlier and in more depth.

"¢ Germans love David Hasselhoff, and Albanians love George Bush.

An eye for an iBook: Angry about Google Book Search, a publishing exec steals two Google laptops. (They probably weren't iBooks. But "an eye for a Dell" wouldn't make sense.)

"¢ Two posts that look back at the best and worst season finales (here and here). Can anyone confirm what happens in the last ALF?

"¢ From Chris Bucholz of The 13 Most Ridiculous TV Shows to Ever Get Green-Lit.

"¢ And finally, there's been an unexpectedly massive response to the count-my-change competition. Over 300 guesses. A few people requested additional photos, for perspective's sake -- here you go. Tomorrow's the big day. I'll email the winners. Have good weekends, everybody.

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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