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Bibliobath, Vimeo

You Can Now Buy a Waterproof Book

Bibliobath, Vimeo
Bibliobath, Vimeo

When do you get a chance to really dive into a good book? Not one on your phone, not one on your computer, but a physical, paper book. Who has time for that anymore? Bibliobath, a Kickstarter company created by Dutch-Chinese husband and wife team Jasper Jansen and Wing Weng, is trying to reclaim your reading time by creating waterproof books. Now, you no longer have to stop reading when you do the dishes, float on a raft, or gallivant in a fountain. And if you are the type of reader who requires total serenity to digest a heavier novel, you can read in the tub without worrying about dropping your book or your tablet into the bubbles.

The books are made with a synthetic paper that “feels like real paper” but is fully waterproof. The team also found which inks worked best by testing them against “various water temperatures and soap types.”

Depending on your pledge amount, you can either get a copy of short stories by Mark Twain, a selection of poems by W. B. Yeats, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or, for a limited time only, a special edition of The Art of War by Sun Zi.

The company's financial goal is to raise $10,140 by July 15, and they plan on shipping out orders directly from their home in Amsterdam in October of this year.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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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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Move Over, Golden Toilet: Now There’s a $100K Louis Vuitton Potty
Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Tradesy
Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Tradesy

In 2016, the Guggenheim Museum installed a one-of-a-kind, fully functional toilet made of solid gold, created by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan just for the museum. Now, there’s another insanely luxurious art-toilet to look out for—and this one you can take home.

Made by artist Illma Gore for the luxury resale platform Tradesy, the Loo-Uis Vuitton Toilet is covered in $15,000 worth of monogram leather ripped from Louis Vuitton bags. Everything but the inside of the bowl—which is gold—is covered in that instantly recognizable brown designer leather. It's one way to show your brand loyalty, for sure.

The toilet is fully functional, meaning, yes, you can poop in it—although that would require you (at some point) to clean the leather undersides of the seat, which sounds … gross. But then again, the leather is brown, so do what you will.

A toilet art piece stands under a pink neon sign that reads ‘No Fake Shit.’
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Does sitting on it feel like using those squishy-soft toilet seats your grandma has? Please let us know, because we don’t have the $100,000 it would take to buy it for ourselves. Note that while the site sells used goods, the description makes sure to specify that this one is new.

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