The Late Movies: Songs About Survival

For most Americans, July 5th is torture. The morning after a holiday dedicated to obsessive (sometimes competitive) eating, drinking and staying up late to watch explosions in the sky is a long, tedious eight hours in a cubicle. Here, we’ve rounded up some songs to congratulate you on getting through it and to prepare you for another day of work. Same rules apply to non-Americans tonight. But we presume you don’t still smell like a charcoal grill.

"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

This song’s co-writer Jim Peterik revealed that the name of this song was almost “Survival.”

"You're the Best" by Joe Esposito

Lots of people know this song was in The Karate Kid. But did you know that Esposito’s son Mike pitched for the Colorado Rockies?

"Survivor" by Destiny's Child

If Beyonce, who co-wrote this song with her father and Anthony Dent, can survive losing half of her band members, you can survive anything.

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Doesn’t this song make you want to slap on some skates and get to the roller disco?

"Invincible" by Pat Benatar

An under-appreciated Benatar song, in my opinion.

"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen

Fun fact: This was the first song by Queen to be released on cassette tape.

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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