Terrifying Rugs and Bizarre Bathmats

At this point, I think there's a Star Wars-themed product for just about everything, but here's one you might not have seen -- a throw rug designed to look like a Wampa, the terrifying creatures that occupy the ice planet Hoth. (As if I needed to explain that.) The good news is, it's plush, fits right in front of your bathroom sink so you won't have to freeze your toes while brushing your teeth on chilly mornings, and I'm told he doesn't bite.

April is the cruelest month. Bring the cruel realities of the streets into your home with the Road Kill rug from Oooms. It's a strip of soft gray "pavement" complete with a squished fox. Honey, supper's on!

Thanks to Boingboing for alerting us to this one -- the handmade "Demon Rug." Creator Missmonster describes it thusly: "Face/ears/claws/teeth/horns are all hand sculpted and hand painted, head base is a foam taxidermy form. Fur is airbrushed (original color was light grey). 77" long, 87" wide." Not for sale yet -- unfortunately.

For those of you who prefers the gritty thrills of movies like The Hurt Locker to monster flicks, there's a rug for you, too -- the Iraq Rug. It's like a giant game of Risk on your floor -- except there's only one country, and everyone loses.

Big Brother is watching you. Of this one, Retro to Go writes, "a typically bizarre Piero Fornasetti work, it features the female face (opera singer Lina Cavalieri, should you be wondering) that was so prevalent in his work, this time in a keyhole shape on a bold red background. Hand knotted in 100 per cent wool and sized around 3ft x 5ft, it retails for £2,390." What a steal! If you can afford this rug, you can surely afford to bribe the Secret Police.

This bathmat made from real, living moss is actually fed by the humidity of your bathroom, and the drips that fall from your body as you step onto it from the shower or the bathtub. Presumably, it grows over time -- maybe with enough care and dripping, it'll turn into a wall-to-wall moss rug!

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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).

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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