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14 Basic Skills All Men Should Possess. I am assuming they mean "men" as in mankind, since these are skills all women should have as well.
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The story of prisoner F95488. A rising soccer star is convicted of rape, while DNA evidence points to another man. A white man.
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7 Random Animals That Decided The Course of History. Mostly by accident.
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Take the plot and the character development out of the movie 2012, and what you've got left is "disaster porn". Maybe that's all it needs to be.
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If you recall the mental_floss post on Animal Prosthetics, National Geographic has updates on several of those animals and a few others who have received prosthetic limbs or other body parts.
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The World's Largest Remote Control Helicopter. No word on where you can buy yours, yet.
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Think the Leaning Tower of Pisa is impressive? It's not the only leaning building out there, and according to the venerable Guinness Book, it's not even the leaning-est. These are.

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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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