War, Women And Sports: A Brief History Of Women’s Baseball

In times of crisis, call a woman. This maxim has been lived throughout history, but is certainly evident during World War Two. When American women weren’t building airplanes, ships and munitions to aid in the war effort, others were entering the baseball field.

As the draft plucked many minor league players from the field in 1942, American baseball industry bigwigs feared that the war might also snatch away major league players and bring an end to America’s favorite (and financially lucrative) pastime.

In a pinch, industry execs like Philip Wrigley decided to craft a women’s league to fill the gap that they feared the war would create. Scouts scoured the country in search of top female talent, and 60 women made the initial professional cut.

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Brilliant Time Lapse Takes You On A Three-Minute Trip To Brazil

No time to hit up Ipanema this summer? The guys at MOOV have got you covered. Explore the nature, city and life of Rio de Janeiro in this masterful time lapse.

An Update On The Real-Life “Sleepy Hollow” In Kazakhstan

Sleeping Sickness Update

Kazakh children asleep in their kigizuy tent made of felt. Source: Getty Images

Back in April, we wrote about the mysterious sleeping sickness plaguing a small village in Kazakhstan. For several years, residents were terrified of a “sleeping sickness” that seemed to be creeping into their tiny town.

Even pets were affected, and while Kalachi residents remained conscious throughout their ordeal, the toll it took on the village’s collective psyche was massive and not easily shaken.

Initial reports of a burgeoning public health concern came in the spring of 2013. Since then, around one in four of the townspeople has experienced the “sleeping sickness,” whose symptoms include extreme fatigue, difficulty speaking or walking and deep-memory-disrupting slumber.

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Miniature Therapy Horses And The Science Of Animal-Assisted Healing

The idea that animals possess healing powers has been present in human lore since our hunter-gatherer days, but the first documented use of animals for therapeutic purposes wasn’t until 18th century England.

It was then that William Tuke introduced mentally ill patients to some domesticated animals for therapeutic purposes. Tuke, a Quaker and early advocate for the humane treatment of those with mental illness, found that the animals boosted morale in his patients–especially the elderly and those with dementia.

Miniature Therapy Horses

William Tuke founded the York Retreat in 1796, as a model of Quaker therapeutic beliefs. The retreat is said to have pioneered humane and moral treatments in asylum settings. Source: Wikipedia

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