Our Second Anniversary (Sale!)

Our little blog is growing up.

Today is our second anniversary! Technically, we're a month late, since our first post went live on March 1, 2006. But it wasn't until later that spring that things really got moving. So, we've decided today's the day to celebrate.

And celebrate we will. I'll be popping up throughout the day with mental_floss trivia. But let's kick things off with an anniversary sale! Everything in the mental_floss store is 20% off today (excluding subscriptions). Just enter the code "blog" during checkout.

If you're not sure what to order, the second anniversary is the cotton anniversary. But the discount also applies to our non-cotton items, like books and back issues and Law School in a Box. Or even the desktop sculpted Einstein bust.

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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