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It definitely stinks to be on the list of 15 most famously filthy people in history. (Thanks Sami!)
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The long and the short of it - world's tallest man meets world's smallest man.
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At BU, a real Quidditch match is played. Really more Quidditch vs Gravity. Spoiler: Gravity wins.
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5 enormous fissures in the earth that I would stay well away from.
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From Jan, what's the creepiest candy you can think of? It wouldn't be Skittles, would it? Well it just might be after you've seen these commercials.
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If you're still in a spooky mood, check out 5 Psychological Experiments That Expose Humanity's Dark Side (cue the thunder, lightning, and an evil cackle)
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This site claims to be about ugly mailboxes, but I have to say, some of them are pretty darn rad.

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I've made a cake or two in my day, and I usually feel pretty good about it. Until I saw these pictures of fantastic cake art, anyway.
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On a similar topic: how to build a dish like a food stylist.
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Which way is the girl turning? Supposedly it's an IQ test, but I could do it pretty easily both ways yet I still count on my fingers. Go figure.
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Amazing sidewalk art.

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I'm not entirely sure WHAT this site is, but it has some very Monty Python-esque animations.
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Anyone who's lived in a cramped and loud apartment building can understand the frustrations brought up in this animation, although I would ultimately suggest a different solution ...
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10 of the most outrageous opening lines in literature. A few made me chuckle. Any other favorites to add?
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Some of the most difficult words to translate, and even more of them here.
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Feeling nostalgic? Looking for a 90s overload? Here are 30 minutes of cartoon openings for you. Ok, I didn't sit through the whole thing. But I was a little disturbed at how many I could sing along to ...

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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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