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Morning Cup of Links: Placebos

Raymond Daniel Towler was imprisoned for almost 29 years for a crime he did not commit. He was exonerated by DNA testing in 2010, but so many years behind bars makes the world hard to catch up with.  (via Boing Boing)
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Inspired by the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop, a family embarked on a street art project that involved no vandalism. See the funny faces they spread all over the town for people to find. (via The Daily What)
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Prepare yourself before you read this powerful reddit forum from cancer victim lucidending. He is legally ending his life on Tuesday and took time to share his experience.
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Don’t know if they can shred, but they sure pose nicely for pictures! Here are four pages of animals on skateboards. (via Gorilla Mask)
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Have you ever seen a dog ride a scooter? Norman is actually driving a scooter, on the road and on TV as well.
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Daniel “Professor Funk” Keogh explains the Placebo Effect. Who knew they could save your life -or cause withdrawal symptoms?
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7 Carnivals Around the World. And they’re all in full swing now until Ash Wednesday.

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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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