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inconsistency.jpgThe reader-submitted t-shirt ideas have been pouring in, and our designer Terri Dann has made some pretty pictures to go along with some of our favorites. To help us decide which two shirts to send off to the printer, would you care to vote for the two you like best?

a) Friends Don't Let Friends Derive Drunk

b) Sports Geek

c) You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato (Doesn't Make Much Sense When You Read It)

d) Bald Is Beautiful

e) What Would Aslan Do?

f) Sucks to Your Ass-Mar

g) Inconsistency: It Has Its Ups and Downs

And if you've got a t-shirt idea, you can send it to flossytees@gmail.com. If we end up using it, you get $125 (and a good story to tell your neighbors). We'll announce the winners later this week.

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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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