Three contest winners!

Congrats to Dannette Rusnak and Mike Anderson, who were plucked at random for the Mike Sacks book giveaway! Stay tuned for your chance to win another great book, soon.

We're also long overdue in announcing the winner to the last caption contest.

The distant runner-up bragging rights go to dancing_lemur, who submitted: "We said we wanted something to SYMBOLIZE the zoo, not a cymbal-playing roo!"

And the undisputed winning caption was submitted by RAD:

Because +someone+ had their seasons backward, the Vivaldi concert did not go as planned.

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We'll be in touch about your t-shirt, and congrats on the brilliant caption!

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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