Weekend Links: Pac-Man on Saturn's Moon

A Lego ramen soup that confuses my stomach. Why does it look so delicious ...
Even if you aren't a Game of Thrones fan, you may like this short clip of the show edited with a laugh track to make it Seinfeld-esque. All you really need to know is that Game of Thrones is a brutal drama, which makes the juxtaposition that much better. (I thought the Ned / Littlefinger / Cat scene turned out particularly well).

NASA image shows Pac-Man on Saturn's moon. Silly and cool. (Thanks Holly!)
Scandal or rightfully so? And former Oxford English Dictionary editor covertly deleted thousands of words. "Efforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as 'really shocking.'" Tricky though, since English is such an amalgam …
But! Here are some unusual words that we did keep and that are quite lovely indeed (a plethora of my faves are on this list).
The context for this link is this: a guy on Reddit shared how he searches for people with his same name on Facebook, then changes his own profile picture to an imitation of theirs. Apparently the most typical response is confused fright and a quick changing of the original picture(!)
Shameless plug: I just watched Star Wars for the first time and wrote about it (and did a podcast!). The link goes to the final article, but there are links to each piece of series at the very start. Now I can finally get all of the references … "It's a trap!"
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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).

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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