The Late Movie: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly

A while back I wrote about lost performances, and referenced the fact that Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly. After several weeks of shooting, the film’s creators decided that they’d made a casting mistake - ultimately giving the role to Michael J. Fox.

Now Back to the Future fans who've clamored for years to see Stoltz as McFly finally have the chance. Part of the footage, along with commentary from Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Steven Spielberg will be included on the film’s upcoming 25th Anniversary DVD. Have a look (you'll have to watch an ad first):

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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