Building a Urinal and Other Ways to Repurpose Old Video Game Cartridges

A lot of us have old video games lying around somewhere. Maybe some old Nintendo games in the attic. Boxes of Sega Genesis cartridges cluttering up the basement. Maybe even a few Atari games collecting dust in a closet.

Sure, you could try to unload them at a garage sale or on eBay. But wouldn’t you rather get creative? Here are a few odd uses for them I have run across around the web recently:

The blog Price Charting has instructions detailing how to build a urinal from old Super Nintendo games. This video (probably a bit NSFW) even shows it in action:

Instructables can help you out with a number of different cartridge-related projects. Want to turn your old Nintendo console into a USB flash drive? They have that covered. Maybe not the most mobile of storage devices, but look how cool:

They can also show you how to make a super cool clock

Or a Super Nintendo wallet complete with sound, lights and a place to store a house key…

Or portable speakers

Or even a wifi router

If you aren’t a DIY kind of person but you do have a bunch of Atari games, maybe you could sell them to Niles Z. The self-described “videoconferencing engineer by day, mad scientist by night” maintains a website where he sells Atari cartridge wallets like the one shown in this awesome promo video starring Pac-Man:

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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