The Missing Links: Treat Your Mother Right

This Year on Mother’s Day You’d Better Treat Your Mother Right
Mr. T demands it. And I think we all know that he has pity for the type of fool that would choose to ignore his requests.


I Hate Hot Dogs & Haven’t Had One In Over 10 Years
Yet I want to devour almost every one of the Craziest Major League Hot Dogs of 2012.


And Today From the “Teens That Have Already Achieved More In Life Than Me” File
As they always say, I’ll believe it when I stop experiencing brief, involuntary twitching of the diaphragm.


For Anyone Looking for a New Job
How do you become the “acting” head of a crime family?


Finally, Common Optical Illusions Explained
It’s just that some of us see a little more in them than others.


As A Kid I Was Really Proud of Myself For Always Cutting Up Those Six Pack Rings So Fish Wouldn’t Get Caught in Them
Apparently though I didn’t completely solve the ocean plastic pollution problem by doing that.


May 11, 1981: “Money Can’t Buy Life”
Those were reportedly the last words of Bob Marley, spoken to his son Ziggy just before he passed away 31 years ago today.

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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