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8 Great TV Columns Written by Kara Kovalchik

Today is our research editor/resident TVHolic Kara Kovalchik's birthday. In lieu of gifts, how about you just read some of her greatest hits?

1. 5 Unwanted Cases of TV Fame

2. 6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Cheers

3. 5 Fun Frasier Facts You Might Not Know

4. 5 Dumb Moments in TV Careers

5. 5 Mysteries Surrounding The Cosby Show

6. 5 Awful Saturday Night Live Hosts

7. 5 TV Dads Who Deserve a Mug

8. Sitcom-munication Breakdown: When Sitcoms Go Global

Happy Birthday, Kara!

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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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