The Amazing Fact Generator is the New Journalism

When's the last time you learned anything about corn dogs in the New York Times? Newspapers are on their way out, but The Amazing Fact Generator is here to fill the void.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of the information revolution and read about the collapse of the Old Media, we're still looking for entries for this week's Amazing Fact contest.

We're giving away a copy of Charles M. Madigan's -30-: The Collapse of The Great American Newspaper, and all you need to do to win it is leave a comment on my last post with an amazing fact about newspapers.

To get a get a leg up on the competition, take a look at the type of amazing facts the Generator likes, and then give us your best.

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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