The Late Movies: High School Haka

As I prepared an old mental_floss magazine article for the internet, I was struck by YouTube's "related videos" section. It appears that the Maori war dance known as the haka has been adopted by not only rugby teams, but quite a few American high school football teams, too! You may enjoy watching these teenagers intimidate their foes and impress the girls with their moves.

The Upland Highlanders

The high school football team in Upland, California performs a haka before a game in 2009.

Liberty Patriots

Assistant football coach J.T. Tauanuu is a Samoan immigrant, and taught a Samoan haka chant he wrote to the students at Liberty High School in Las Vegas. It's become a tradition for the team.

Bingham High Miners

The Bingham High School Miners of South Jordan, Utah perform their football haka.

Notre Dame Knights

The football team from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California does a haka.

Central Valley Hawks

Central Valley High School in Ceres, California also does a haka before football games.

Kahuku Red Raiders

The team from Kahuku, Hawaii, performs the haka at the 2009 homecoming game.

Trinity Trojans

Trinity High School in Euless, Texas is the team featured in the mental_floss magazine article. Their haka is truly terrifying, especially if you are on the opposing team!

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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