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The Missing Links: Timing Santa

Indiana Jones Just Received A Very Important Package
At the University of Chicago. And no one knew where it came from. Until the mystery was unraveled.

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December 18, 1997: RIP Chris Farley
One of the funniest, most lovable comedians of all time died 15 years ago today. Let’s remember him.

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Science Explains Santa
How long would it take him to complete his around-the-world gift-giving trek?

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Is It Worth A Shot?
Kottke reminds us of Chris Rock’s plan for gun control. (NSFW Language)

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The Best Internet Sites of the Year ... 1995
Netscape Navigator, take me away to a magical, pixelated world of yesteryear.

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Woody Allen Boxes A Kangaroo
I couldn’t think of anything cooler or funnier to use for the headline. Sometimes the direct approach is the best one.

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The One Picture Gallery to Rule Them All
Check out these behind-the-scenes shots from the production of the Lord of the Rings films.

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‘Tis the Season for GIF Giving
Here are the best of the year.

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Get Ready for Homeland and Community's Ratings to Skyrocket
Because those are the only shows anyone wants to talk about on Twitter.

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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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