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Weekend Links: The Most Important Numbers in the Universe

An inspiration for your lottery picks this week? The 13 Most Important Numbers in the Universe
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Giving technology some old-fashioned charm with a fun, home-made animation. (Thanks Meg for the link! This comes via Dan's Blog)
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Another link from Dan's blog (a good place to visit, apparently), some really lovely color pencil stop motion. I don't think I would ever have the patience to make a stop motion video, but I admire the heck out of those who do!
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From one of my favorite websites, check out these amazing photographs of the last Napoleonic Veterans, from 1858.
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So how exactly do dogs, cats and even hummingbirds keep dry? They shake shake shake! I've posted a link to the dog pictures before, but there are two additional videos of other birds and animals here, plus explanations about the instinct to shake it off.
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Mrs. Stephen Fry has published a book. For those of you who don't know, Mrs. Stephen Fry is the female alter ego of Stephen Fry, i.e. Stephen Fry in drag playing his own wife. Follow? Either way, here's an great little excerpt from her book about perfect marriage (or not quite so perfect, as you will see).
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I think I posted a link to a specific part of the National Archives in the past, but the actual Digital Vaults homepage is a joy. I really admire how engaging they've made the material, I've had too much fun exploring!
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Ah, the power of Photoshop. From a hoax to a hilarious meme, follow the history of the "flying baby."
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More links tomorrow! In the meantime, send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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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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