What a catch! Man gets caught stuffing pants with lobsters

In what's perhaps the strangest news story I've read in a while, NBC is reporting that a San Diego man was charged with trying to poach 6 lobsters from a marine conservation area. Officials became suspicious when they saw "unusual bulges" in his trousers. Apparently, the gentleman tried to walk out of the park with the live lobsters, wrapped in newspaper, all stuffed down his legs. While I haven't seen any reports on what type of pants the guy was wearing (does anyone else sense an endorsement deal?), having that many crustaceans down your shorts might not be as uncomfortable as you think: news services are reporting that lobsters in the San Diego area don't have pincers.

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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