Paris In The 1940s: A Decade Of Devastation And Rebirth

As World War II raged throughout Europe, the “City of Light” transformed into a city of darkness. While the Germans declined to physically destroy the city upon its 1940 occupation, their presence greatly tested the Parisian psyche. Over two million Parisians fled as the Germans arrived, but those who remained in the capital faced interrogations, curfews, rations, shortages and arrests. The German occupation of France (1940-1944) remains a humiliating time in the history of Paris and, more broadly, France.

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The Women Who Powered World War 2, All In Color

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Wikipedia Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California.

We recognize them from ‘Rosie the Riveter’ recruitment posters, but the female workforce of World War II provided us with much more than colorful kitsch. More than six million women joined the workforce during the War, and by 1942, the estimated proportion of jobs deemed acceptable for women shot up from roughly 29 to 85 percent.

Women rose to the occasion and carried out tasks once considered out of their “reach”, feeling that it was their duty to support their short-handed country during times of conflict. All of this, in spite of the fact that their home had done little to support or empower women in its nearly 200-year history.

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Mad, Bad And Totally Loony: History’s Most Eccentric People

Eccentricity is a loosely-defined term. Sure, it describes odd behavior, but who’s to say what’s normal and what’s not? We all have our own quirks and it’s those quirks that make us interesting. Luckily for us, history is full of eccentric people who’ve always kept us guessing.

1. John “Mad Jack” Mytton

John Mytton inherited a huge sum of money and a giant estate at a young age, allowing him to indulge all of his eccentric tendencies. For starters, he was a massive drunk who enjoyed between six to eight bottles of port each day. He drank so much that upon his death, one of Mytton’s friends claimed that he had spent the last 12 years of his life inebriated.

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In Afghanistan, A Skateboarding School Where Girls Rule

In the war-ravaged lands of Afghanistan, it’s common for kids boys to be seen in the roads playing soccer or stick ball. Young girls, however, are not are not encouraged to participate in sports, or in most cases even seek an education past that of Islamic studies and housekeeping.

Between that, poverty, and regional violence that makes Afghani streets an unsafe place for most, it seems that Afghanistan would be one of the last places in the world to find a skateboarding school – let alone one that boasts a 40 percent female enrollment. In an area that doesn’t even allow young girls to ride bicycles, this is a truly remarkable feat. So just how did this come to be?

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