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December 13, 2007

Reminder: The Geminid meteor shower promises to be the best meteor shower of the year tonight. Check your local forecast for sky conditions.

Tacky Christmas Yards collects and critiques photographs of homes decorated with Christmas lights. "Violations" include mixing themes, lawn characters of different sizes, unharmonious arrangements, multiple Clauses, and overdone lighting.

Amazing pool tricks. By the end of this video, I wouldn't have been surprised if he levitated the table.

How Super-Precise Atomic Clocks Will Change the World in a Decade. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is up to a lot more than telling us what time it is; each of their clocks is exponentially better than the one before.

You are Self-Employed, even if you work for a company. If you think of your boss as a client who uses your services, you can manage your career better.

Two Forks, One Cup. I watched the video and read the comments, but I still don't know how this trick works.

Just for fun: Cooties. A public service announcement for kids.

Of the many great musicians out there, who plays the best round of golf? The list may surprise you!

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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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