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February 5th, 2008

History's Greatest Gadgets. Ancient batteries and calculators show that human ingenuity is as old as the hills.
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Scientists are finding clues about why water is so utterly weird. You may not know because water is so familiar to us, but it acts very different from other liquids.
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From National Geographic, a photo gallery of caves all over the world. This just scrapes the surface (as it were) of the beauty found underground.
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The Top Ten Giant Movie Monsters. From Godzilla to the Sta-Puf Man to a bird as big as a battleship! (audio NSFW)
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Ozoux has links to all the Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short. You won't see any of the other categories available online.
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Today is Mardi Gras! Also commemorated as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. See a New Orleans parade from 1941 in this video.
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What is the manliest manly dish you could serve for Superbowl Sunday? Carl made a Bacon Pig, a hotdog wrapped in ground pork wrapped in bacon. In a pig shape.
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I'll Have What Her Majesty's Having. Famous folk and their drinks of choice.

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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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