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March 12th, 2008

The Life and Legacy of Gary Gygax. The father of Dungeons and Dragons developed the never-ending game in the early 70s and leaves behind legions of devoted fans.
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16 Sweet (and Scary) Building Demolition Videos. They range from the highly entertaining to the downright inept.
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The 26 Best Zombies of All Time. This list of the best zombies includes popular zombies from movies and video games, plus one from a music video (you can guess that one), and one from real life!
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Bio-Rad Laboratories has a music video advertisement called Scientists for Better PCR. I think PCR means polymerase chain reaction. Those who posted about how funny it is assume that everyone knows.
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Humiliation TV. When does it cross the line from exhibitionism to violation of rights? When someone kills himself?
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Consumers are changing their spending habits. Some thrift is a good thing, but what is it saying about the economy?
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This walrus dances better than some people I know. Present company excepted, of course.
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How To Build a "Dynasty". Learn your lessons from prime-time soap operas.

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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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