She was the first woman to...

…travel around the world in a damned Zeppelin.

Originally posted by lego-stories

Lady Hay Drummond-Hay (September 12, 1895—February 12, 1946) was a star journalist who became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, and she did it in a damned Zeppelin. She went on to report from war zones like Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Manchuria (now part of China), fell into a tumultuous romance with a fellow reporter, and was eventually captured by the Japanese during WWII.

…swim the English Channel.

Originally posted by hero-generator

Gertrude Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was a competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and at one time held five world records. If there was a world record for coolest nickname she would’ve held six, because hers was “Queen of the Waves.” When Ederle set out to become the first woman to swim the English channel, she used motorcycle goggles and sealed the edges with wax to keep the salt water out of her eyes. Due to unfavorable and violent wind conditions twelve hours into her 14 hour and 34 minute journey, her trainer shouted at her to get out of the water and into his boat. She reportedly popped her head up from the water to simply ask “what for?” 

travel around the world in less than 80 days.

Originally posted by meedean

Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864—January 27, 1922) asked her editor at the New York World if she could take a stab at turning the story Around the World in 80 Days from fiction to fact. Using railways and steamships, Bly chuggah-chuggahed and toot-tooted the nearly 25,000 mile trip in just 72 days, meeting Jules Verne and buying a monkey along the way. If her name sounds familiar but these stories don’t, it’s probably because you’ve heard about how she once faked a mental illness so she could write an exposé on psychiatric asylums. Or maybe it’s because of her famed coverage of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Or maybe it’s because you’re a big fan of farming and industrialist patents and heard she invented a novel milk can and a stacking garbage can. Nellie Bly did a lot in her short 57 years. 

Follow these Tumblrs for more Women’s History:

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class (@missedinhistory) is not exclusively about women, but hoo boy, it turns out most history classes aren’t great at teaching us about women’s history. You’ll learn a lot here. 
  • The New-York Historical Society (@nyhistory) has been pulling articles, artifacts, and documents deep from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library this Women’s History Month. 
How To Report Inappropriate Nicknames in Splatoon 2

As funny as some names may be, these names can get kids who play the game into hot water. After all, it is meant to be a shooter for the younger crowd and we know how rational some parents can be. One inappropriate username and a kid may be barred from playing their favourite game again. Or worse, they blame Nintendo for it. Come on, let little Timmy Play Splatoon 2! Seriously.

 There is a way to report inappropriate user names, but it’s kind of a roundabout method. Here’s how to do it.

1. Download the Nintendo Switch mobile app

2. Sign into your Nintendo Account, then select ‘Splatoon 2′

3. Refresh the app by tapping the refresh icon just to make sure you have your most recent battle data, then tap the battle icon.

4. Select the battle with the offending user. I like to do it right after I finish the battle, that way I don’t have to sift through and figure out which one it was since it’ll be the most recent one.

5. Select the offending user by tapping on their name. Note: No one in this battle had a bad name, I’m just using it for an example. I didn’t send any report form.

6. When the screen pops up, tap the small ‘report’ text.

7. Scroll down and tap ‘inappropriate username’. Then type a brief explanation as to why it was bad, even if it’s just ‘it said bitch, which is a bad word.’

And you’re done! Timmy can play Splatoon 2 without people ruining it.

I have to give it to the Lebanese, you people are chillest Arabs… During a live report today from south Lebanon after fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, the correspondent was interrupted by a Lebanese man smoking Argeeleh unfazed by the sound of Israeli war planes above… The reporter couldn’t keep a straight face after that.
Chechnya detains 100 gay men in first concentration camps since the Holocaust

More than 100 gay men have been detained in concentration camp-style prisons in the Russian region of Chechnya, according to reports by local newspapers and human rights organisations.
Repressions against the LGBT community began after an application for a gay rights march in the Chechen capital of Grozny.
The press secretary for Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, described the report as “lies” and stated there were no gay people in Chechnya.
The prison camps are the first to be established for LGBT people since the Second World War.
The report was published on the 1 April, prompting the spokesperson for Chechnya’s Interior Ministry to dismiss the claims as an “April Fools’ joke”.

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Posted at Mon Apr 10 17:10:12 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Reylo not actually dead in Miami. Fake news causes stir in Star Wars community.

Recent reports from Reading Comprehension Weekly indicate previous suggestion that a murder took place in Miami was false reporting.

“People are saying it’s the contempt Rey has for Kylo that did it - that it’s dead - murdered by contempt ,” a local law enforcement officer told us, “but that was misidentification at its worst - Reylo didn’t die here. This is a classic example of set up for Character Growth… and none of our reports indicate that Character Growth leads to death. It’s a false report.”

A long-time investigator in Miami, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “I think these people need to take a moment and check out Reading Comprehension Weekly’s report. If anything, we already knew Rey had contempt. If they knew anything about storytelling, they’d realize that character dynamics won’t stay static like that - that the heroine is going to have to face her challenges head on and learn compassion. It’s a classic theme in Star Wars. This doesn’t kill anything - the theory is alive and well and right on track at this point.”

A long-time local, however, had this to say, “This ship is disgusting and anyone who thinks it shouldn’t be dead and buried should go to Hell. Rey hates Kylo. That’s all the evidence I need. Star Wars has nothing to do with redemption or forgiveness. Contempt is the bullet that took Reylo down, once and for all. Analysis is for nerds and squares. I rest my case.”

An interesting counterpoint, perhaps, but the experts have already called it in - Reylo is alive, and better than ever at this stage.

Although we tried to reach Reylo for official comment, PR has revealed that a major plot twist is preventing any official communication or confirmation at this time.

“We can neither confirm nor deny the state of Reylo’s well-being at this time. Just watch the movie in December and don’t be assholes to each other in the meantime,” a PR official, Getta Life, responded.

In the report from Reading Comprehension Weekly, Rian Johnson is recorded as saying, “Kylo and Rey are, ‘two halves of the dark and the light.’” and, “Ben Solo’s shift to darkness is symbolic of ‘the treacherous road through adolescence”’ that Star Wars often explores.”

Further investigation reveals that Reylo is actually two parts of one whole, and they are happily taking a vacation in the Bahamas in preparation for their big role in the next installment of the series.