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September 25, 2007

The longest non-stop flight ever measured. Yes, it was a bird! A bar-tailed godwit flew 7,145 miles from Alaska to New Zealand—without taking a break for food or drink.

Salmonella germs taken to space come back deadlier. Anyone with a malfunctioning refrigerator can tell you they become deadlier over time on earth, too.

Ten full-length classic movies available online, ranging from the chilling Nosferatu to the heartwarming It's A Wonderful Life. All worth watching!

12 examples of Smart Furniture. Cool or creepy? The glowing tablecloth is nice, but the bench that fights with you is tres creepy.

Conan O`Brien takes a tour of ILM/Lucas Films to see how movie magic is made. The jokes are funny, but Conan's pure joy makes this segment a classic.

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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).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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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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