Feeding Time Again

That old factoholic, The Amazing Fact Generator, is looking for another fix. And so we turn to you again, dear readers, to enable it. This week, we're giving awarding a copy of Charles M. Madigan's -30-: The Collapse of The Great American Newspaper. All you need to do to get your hands on it is leave a comment on this post with an amazing fact about newspapers, your name and your location. If your fact is both amazing and true, we'll serve it to the Fact Generator in a martini glass. The most amazing fact will win the supplier a copy of the book.

And remember, if you go to a competing trivia site, copy/paste a fact and claim it as your own, we'll know (we have the Google). Cheaters never prosper, nor do they get entered into the Fact Generator. Also, everybody gets five submissions each.

To get a feel for the kinds of facts the Generator likes, take a look at what's in there already, and then get to commenting.

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).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

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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