You can't teach an old fox most tricks

Neatorama found this great story in the Wuhan Evening Post of a Chinese man who'd been struggling to train his white Pomeranian puppy for months. The pup was essentially a nightmare of a pet: it refused to listen, smelled awful, stunk worse when shampooed, and instead of barking made odd cooing sounds. Stranger still, unlike standard purebreds, this Pom's tail kept growing. Oh, and it also bit the owner a lot. Fed up with the situation, the man finally took his pet to a zoo for answers where he found out that his dog wasn't trainable for a reason: the doggy in the window he'd spent £60 on was actually an Arctic fox. Ridiculous! In any case, I'm hoping that the scars on his face in the picture have nothing to do with trying to get his fox to heel. Link via the always fascinating Neatorama. 

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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