Rube Goldberg Tends Bar

While this brilliant Rube Goldberg machine by Joeseph Herscher only makes one type of drink (a Falling Water), every bounce of the ball and whir of the chain makes me long for one that much more. Such a delight to watch! Of course, I'm holding out for the second version, which supposedly channels a Mentos-Coke explosion into refilling your bar nuts and explaining to your wife why you haven't yet come home.

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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).

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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