President Nixon's Last Meal

Photo Credit: The National Archives

Yesterday, Scott Allen discussed "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?"—an exhibit that explores how the Government has affected America’s food consumption. While poking around the exhibit's website, I found this photo of Richard Nixon's humble last meal as president. In case you're ever in a game show or trivia night situation where you're asked what Richard Nixon's last meal was as president, you'll be ready.

Side note: One of Nixon's favorite snacks was cottage cheese and ketchup. Can't see this coming up on a game show, but feel free to use it if you ever want to gross someone out.

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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