Reliving World War II on Twitter

Twitter is great way to stay in touch with friends, keep up on the lives of your favorite celebrities, shamelessly live-tweet your trip to the store, and even get some of the most amazing 140-character facts you’ve ever imagined.

And now, thanks to the @RealTimeWWII Twitter account, you can also use tweets to follow along on a day-by-day timeline of World War II, reading the details on seemingly every little thing that occurred during the war between the Allies and the Axis Powers.

The Twitter feed, which will be providing day-by-day updates for the next six years, is a great way to bone up on your knowledge. If you know of any other similar feeds, let us know!

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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