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The First Lady Astronaut Trainees / Mercury 13

"The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes and come back and help design and build and test them. The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order."

- John Glenn of the Mercury 7, testifying before a House subcommittee in 1962

"The women underwent the identical tests that the male candidates had undergone. In the end, 68% of the women passed with ‘no medical reservations’ compared to 56% of the men. The 13 females who passed were known as the Mercury 13. They were Bernice ‘Bea’ Steadman, Janey Hart, Geraldine ‘Jerri’ Sloan Truhill, Rhea Allison Woltman, Sarah Lee Gorelick Ratley, Jan Dietrich, Marion Dietrich, Myrtle Cagle, Irene Leverton, Gene Nora Jessen, Jean Hixson, Wally Funk and Geraldyn ‘Jerrie’ Cobb…

Cobb had tested in the top 2% of all tested candidates, male and female.”

The Lovelace Woman in Space Program (1960-1962)

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Doesn’t look like a limerick to you? Try this:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

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A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term  “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.

I’m in complete awe.

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12 January, 2019

Asteroid to Hit Earth, Say ScientistsImpact expected in 13 days

13 January, 2019

Widespread Rioting in Asteroid ChaosParis, LA in flames, military law in Bejing

14 January, 2019

State of Emergency Declared in 12 StatesFederal emergency powers invoked; President Clinton calls for calm 

15 January, 2019

Overnight Rise of the Asteroid CultApocalyptic group gains 450m members in 24 hours

16 January 2019

Mass Criminality in LondonMetropolitan police fail to stem tide of property crime

17 January, 2019

Marriages, Divorces Skyrocket –Record numbers of people tie the knot, fall out; courts overwhelmed

18 January, 2019

Asteroid is Slowing Down - Scientists say asteroid must be a spacecraft

19 January, 2019

Are We Doomed Anyway? - Asteroid cultists prophecy asteroid contains alien invasion army

20 January, 2019

We Are Not AloneCourse change proves asteroid is artificial; will orbit Earth

21 January, 2019

Welcome to Earth‘Welcome Party’ group on TwitterBook reaches 2 billion members

22 January, 2019

World Leaders in Message to AliensHeads of state welcome aliens in general assembly message at UN

23 January, 2019

Astronauts Prepare for Alien ContactSpacecraft ready to launch; still no reply from alien ship

24 January, 2019

Was it Something We Said?Second course change shows asteroid ship will pass Earth

25 January 2019

Hello, GoodbyeAlien ship accelerating again, will not make Earth orbit

26 January, 2019

I Swear We’re Just FriendsKim Kardashian in drunken Oscar night shocker with Michael Cera

What happens when irrefutable evidence of imminent doom turns into imminent first contact? Here’s one answer.
Startlingly accurate. Read to the end.



Am 17. Oktober 2014, einem Tag vor unserer Abschlussveranstaltung in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, findet der TVP-Lese-Marathon statt.

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On this day in 1958, Pioneer 1 became the first spacecraft launched by NASA.

Despite failing to orbit due to a launch vehicle malfunction, Pioneer 1 has served as an important milestone in NASA’s turbulent history, being the very first spacecraft launched from the then newly-formed space agency.

Launched on October 11th, 1958, Pioneer 1’s intended mission was to study ionizing radiation, micrometeorites, and several other properties surrounding the Earth and the Moon. Unfortunately, the spacecraft was only able to attain a ballistic trajectory and never was able to fully execute its intended purpose as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere after 43 hours of flight. That being said, the spacecraft was still able to salvage a small measure of scientific information demonstrating that radiation surrounding the Earth was in the form of bands in addition to capturing the first measurements of the interplanetary magnetic field and the density of micrometeorites.


Arschgeige  -  assviolin  -   a heavy insult
Fußhupe   -   foot horn   -   a small dog
Egal wie dicht du bist, Göthe war Dichter.   -   No matter how drunk you are, Goethe was a poet   -   Pun: “dichter” also translates to “more drunk”
fuchsteufelswild   -   foxdevilswild   -   really angry
Nacktschnecke   -   Naked snail   -    slug
Glühwürmchen   -   glow wormies   -    fireflies
Streichholz   -   stroking wood   -   match
Schadenfreude  -   damage happiness   -   the pleasure you feel when others suffer
Fahne   -    flag   -   breath smelling of alcohol
Kummerspeck   -   misery bacon   -   the fat you gain through comfort food
Glückspilz   -   luck mushroom   -   a person that has a lot of luck
Scherzkeks   -   joke biscuit   -   hoaxer
Fernweh   -   far away-ache   -   the desire to go somewhere far away
Gänseblümchen   -   goose floret   -   daisy
Flachwichser   -   flat wanker   -   a heavy insult
Flugzeug   -   fly thing   -   airplane
Wasserschildkröte   -   water shield toad   -   turtle
Ich fress einen Besen!   -   I will devour a broom!   -   exclamation of incredulousness
Vollpfosten   -   full pole   -   a heavy insult
Handschuhschneeballwerfer   -   glove snowball thrower   -   basically an anon troll
Flachzange   -   flat pliers   -    a heavy insult

I give this an A for effort (seriously hilarious and accurate) but an EPIC FAIL for not including the articles.

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We’ve had a great response to the #nprcensus assignment! Here are a couple of our favorites so far. 

There’s still time to participate in this #newboom project. Calling all millennials (ages 18-34) — we want your selfies! Write on a mirror or hold up a sign with your Census categories on one side and your preferred categories on the other. Tag it #nprcensus and you might see your submission on or NPR social media channels.

Photo credits: @ecila_z@nadijams, @sscottie@reveles@msphillockwood




“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”

I’ve reblogged this before and I will reblog it again.

This is so great

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BREAKING: Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Malala, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.

She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.

She is the youngest ever winner of the prize. (x)

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As a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes decided to transform diagnostic medicine so she dropped out of college and used her tuition money to start her own company, Theranos. Ten years later, Holmes, pictured here holding a micro-vial, is on the cutting edge of medical technology — her new blood testing method allows hundreds of tests to be run using only a few drops of blood. And, Holmes’ methods are cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than conventional methods which often require a separate vial of blood for every test.

As Holmes told earlier this year, “I started this company because I wanted to spend my life changing our health care system. When someone you love gets really sick, most of the time when you find out, it’s too late to be able to do something about it. It’s heartbreaking… We wanted to make actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters most. That means two things: being able to detect conditions in time to do something about them and providing access to information that can empower people to improve their lives.”

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Reasons you should adore Elizabeth Holmes:

  • She is featured as Forbes’ youngest self-made woman billionaire.
  • Her tests will revolutionize the public health world as we know it; Making diagnostic testing accessible and affordable for more people (and potentially saving Medicare and Medicaid ~$100 billion each over the next decade). (x)
  • She is a coauthor on 82 US and 189 foreign patent applications. (x)
  • Her fear of needles served as a motivator for launching Theranos. (x)

Fantastic! <3

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Monolinguals often assume that this kind of switching happens because speakers are not competent in one of their languages - a sort of deficit hypothesis - or because a concept just can’t be expressed in one of the languages - a sort of lexical gap explanation. Analysis of recorded multilingual speech doesn’t support these ideas, however. Speakers who code-switch the most often are usually those who are the most fluent in both of their languages, and there are linguistic rules about where in a sentence a switch can happen.

Van Herk, What Is Sociolinguistics, chapter 11. (via transliterations)

The Wikipedia article on code-switching has a nice classification of the types and linguistic rules involved: 

  • Intersentential switching occurs outside the sentence or the clause level (i.e. at sentence or clause boundaries). It is sometimes called "extrasentential" switching. In Assyrian-English switching one could say, “Ani wideili. What happened?” (“Those, I did them. What happened?”)
  • Intra-sentential switching occurs within a sentence or a clause. In Spanish-English switching one could say, “La onda is to fight y jambar." ("The in-thing is to fight and steal.”)
  • Tag-switching is the switching of either a tag phrase or a word, or both, from one language to another, (common in intra-sentential switches). In Spanish-English switching one could say, “Él es de México y así los criaron a ellos, you know.” (“He’s from Mexico, and they raise them like that, you know.”)
  • Intra-word switching occurs within a word itself, such as at a morpheme boundary. In Shona-English switching one could say, “But ma-day-s a-no a-ya ha-ndi-si ku-mu-on-a. (“But thesedays I don’t see him much.”) Here the English plural morpheme -s appears alongside the Shona prefix ma-, which also marks plurality.

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