CLOSE

Our Most Popular Stories Since September 14th

Since my daughter Katherine was born on September 14th, I haven't been obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com, and we haven't been posting The Week's Most Popular Stories. But now that paternity leave is behind me, here's what I missed:

1. 10 Ways to Game Up Your Home, by Miss Cellania
*
2. The Surprising Voices Behind Cartoon Characters, by Ethan Trex
*
3. History of the U.S.: A Ridiculously Long and Incomplete List of Things Ben Franklin Invented, by Stacy Conradt & Erik Sass
*
4. The Quick 10: The Real People Behind 10 Literary Characters, by Stacy Conradt
*
5. The Quick 10: 10 Films Roger Ebert Hated, by Stacy Conradt
*
6. 24 Cool College Landmarks, by Andréa Fernandes
*
7. 10 People Who Did it Anyway, by Miss Cellania
*
8. 7 Little-Known Muppets, by David K. Israel
*
9. Large-Scale Lego: BrickExpo 2010, by Rob Lammle
*
10. 14 Celebrities Who Appeared on Comic Book Covers, by Robert Schnakenberg
*
11. The Quick 10: 10 Cool Corn Mazes, by Stacy Conradt
*
12. 5 Stories of People Delivered as Cargo, by Miss Cellania

arrow
History
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).

nextArticle.image_alt|e
arrow
video
A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
5681952264001

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.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios