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February 4th, 2008

207 agents from Improv Everywhere froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. Observers had the feeling of time standing still, or a feeling of the usual New York hijinks.
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Worldometers brings you real-time statistics on world population, health, environmental issues, and more. The stastistic of the month is the price of a bottle of beer in Zimbabwe, and it just goes up and up and up.
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Time-Lapse Balloon Race. A pleasantly cool video. Even the music is nice!
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You know how sometimes you can't remember a word that's on the tip of your tongue? Even synaesthetes who can taste words have that problem.
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Still Life. A spooky short film about the dangers of fighting the need for sleep on the road. Better to be late than...
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The Science of Superheroes. How eight of our favorite superheroes defy basic laws of physics. That's why we love them!
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Quick fixes for image problems. If people see you at work, you need to look your best. Bloggers can still wear pajamas.
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Toilet Humor. More funny bathroom signs from all over.

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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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