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October 11, 2007

Twirling Dancer Illusion: the right-brain vs. left brain test. I see her going a different way each time I look, and I can change it easily. What does that say about my brain?

Marriage And Fatherhood Linked To Lower Testosterone Levels. But don't let that stop you.

25 Rules to Grow Rich By. Even if you don't grow rich, these are all worthwhile financial tips.

The strange story of St. Wilgefortis. The statue came first, then the saint!

Chinese Culture Versus German Culture, illustrated with international symbols. This is by a Chinese who was educated in Germany, to tickle everyone's funnybone.

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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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