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Morning Cup of Links: Instant Internet Stardom

Ten-year-old Maria Aragon sang Lady Gaga’s new song and got 12 million YouTube views in one week. Listen and see why.
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Some monkeys have enough self-awareness to realize when they don’t know an answer, and will tell us if we make it worth their time. It appears that uncertainty is not an exclusively human trait. (via J-Walk Blog)
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The 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of All Time. For some of these movies, it’s the only part worth remembering.
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Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and a Half has a new post in which she relates her experiences with childhood nightmares. This, of course, affected everyone around her.
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What happens when Antoine Dodson, Gary Brolsma, Paul Vasquez, and other internet shooting stars collide in a feature film? An all-meme movie called The Chronicles of Rick Roll.
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Scientists can convince people that they have three arms. This could lead to, scientists telling us a Nigerian prince is going to transfer his money to our accounts.
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Wedding Traditions from Around the World. If you think these are bizarre, remember they probably think the same of our customs.

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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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