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February 8th, 2008

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Spaceship Captains. Hey, they work in the movies, why not for the rest of us?
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The Science of Kissing. Pucker up, baby, and let's find out if we are well suited to produce offspring. Or maybe not.
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Verify political campaign claims at FactCheck.org. This non-partisan site is a great resource, but depressing in that it's neccessary.
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The race for the first carbon-neutral, zero-emissions community is on. The market is hot for green and guilt-free ecotopias.
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Dozens of Gambino-related mobsters were arrested this week, and their bizarre nicknames were made public. Here's the origins of mob nicknames.
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Find 14 Uses for Orphan Socks. Doing any of these things will immediately cause the sock's mate to finally show up.
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Since it's Friday, how about a video of a chicken playing pool? She's pretty good at it, too.
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Other Holidays to Look Forward to, besides the ones on the calendar. Any excuse for a party!

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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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