5 Reasons Maria Mitchell Was A Total Bad Ass

June 26, 2014
Maria Mitchell

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“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.” -Maria Mitchell

She was America’s first recognized female astronomer

Maria Mitchell Comet

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Maria Mitchell is best known for her discovery of “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in 1847. She was twenty-nine at the time, but that wasn’t her first contribution to the astronomical community.

Maria Mitchell Annular Eclipse

When we were learning one-variable equations, Maria Mitchell was calculating the exact times that an annular eclipse would occur. Source: Blogspot

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100-Year Old Photos Reveal The Dark Side Of Antarctic Exploration

June 25, 2014
Antarctic Exploration Expedition Pony

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It’s been a little over one hundred years since the ill-fated attempts of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition and Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party to reach the South Pole took place. Only conducted a couple years apart, these two Antarctic expeditions are legends of loss and tragedy.

Antarctic Exploration Makeshift Tent

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The two voyages have more in common than their quests to reach the South Pole, the use of the same supply shacks en route, and similar fates; they’ve both had lost photos turn up nearly 100 years after the fact.

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77 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room

June 23, 2014

Love learning about the weird history, fascinating science, and crazy coincidences that make up the human experience? Then you came to the right place with these seventy-seven downright amazing facts:

Thank you to Mental Floss, Wikipedia, and Fact Slides for the inspiration and information for this post.

Enjoy our collection of amazing facts? Then be sure to see our previous posts on interesting facts that will blow your mind and interesting facts about space!

A Sobering Look At Capital Punishment In The United States

June 22, 2014

Capital Punishment In The US

While contemporary figures suggest that the United States has always been a bloodthirsty nation when it comes to authorizing the execution of its own, this interactive map presents a more complicated story.

2014 World Cup Controversy: Fails, Scandals and Mishaps

June 21, 2014
USA Best Ghana World Cup 2014

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The world is buzzing with news of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. And while underdog victories and startling wins fill most of the headlines, there have also been a number of fails, scandals and controversy gracing the news. Of course, World Cup controversy is nothing new. In fact, over the decades, a number of World Cup mishaps have gained attention in the press, including suspect injuries, cheating and really, really terrible calls. Here are the top World Cup controversies from 2014. So far, at least.

Spain Loses World Cup Controversy

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Nude Pictures of the Croatian Team Hit The Web

World Cup Controversy Nude Photos

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Players from Croatia’s soccer team have refused to speak to the media after a some rather brazen photos of some of the players circulated. The photos in question were taken while Croatian players relaxed by the team’s pool in their birthday suits after a game.

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12 Badass Revolutionary War Women You’ve Never Heard Of

June 20, 2014

The American Revolution was fought on the homefront, which means that women and children were often caught up in the fighting in one way or another. It was their war, too. Remember Rosie the Riveter? She symbolizes the women who worked in the factories and ran the family farms and shops while men were away fighting in WWII.

And there were many women just like Rosie in the Revolutionary War, too. A group of Philadelphia women held the first-ever fundraiser in America; they raised much-needed funds for General George Washington’s Continental Army. Less political wives and mothers even pitched in to sew the army’s uniforms. But some women felt a stronger call of duty; they are the badass women of the Revolutionary War. We begin with a short primer on the art of spycraft in that era.

Then there were the spies, scouts and messengers. Women were useful in that capacity because they were often considered to be above suspicion. Frankly, men of the era usually assumed that women weren’t very bright, which gave them opportunities to listen in on secret meetings. They could also use feminine wiles, disguises, and other ruses to carry out their covert actions. A few members of Gen. Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, operating out of Long Island, were women. Among them were Anna Strong and the unnamed Agent 355. Both names could have come straight out of a James Bond film, but I assure you, this was real life. And death: many historians believe that Agent 355 was caught by the British and died on their fetid prison ship Jersey after giving birth to a son.

Revolutionary War Women Interior Jersey

The interior of the British prison ship Jersey, moored in New York Harbor. Source: WordPress

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