Why you should be in passionate horny love with Elizabeth ‘Nellie Bly’ Cochrane
- Born in 1864/65, Elizabeth, one of 15 children, was always ‘the rebellious one’. Fierce as fuck from an early age, she testified against her abusive stepfather in her mother’s divorce trial.
- In 1880 she enrolled in a teacher-training college but had to leave after her first semester due to lack of funding - then moved to Pittsburgh to help run a goddamn boarding school.
- This is where we get to the good shit. Age 18, she wrote a letter-to-the-editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch bitchslapping the everloving fuck out of a sexist ballsack of an article entitled ‘What Girls Are Good For’.
- The editor was so goddamn wooed by her razor-sharp tongue that he RAN AN AD asking her to identify herself. Elizabeth owned up, and was hired instantaneously, her badassery radiating from her pores and intoxicating all within a twenty mile radius.
- Working under the pen-name Nellie Bly, Elizabeth kicked the butts of morons everywhere, writing articles aimed at social justice, particularly labour laws to protect working ‘girls’ and reform of Pennsylvania’s divorce law, which greatly favoured men.
- Not content with changing the world from behind her desk, Elizabeth became a founding mother of investigative journalism. She was expelled from Mexico for exposing political corruption, and henceforth wrapped in cotton wool by her editors. Infuriated by their mollycoddling, Lizzie left them a note essentially telling them to fuck themselves and hot footed it to NYC. She was still only 23.
- Within six months she was hired by Joseph fucking Pulitzer himself, and continued her batshit crazy investigations uninhibited. Her very first assingment had her feigning mental illness to expose repulsive conditions in Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. Her cutting report was so fucking horrifying, compelling and persuasive that it triggered public and political action, leading to reform of the institution.
- In the next couple of years she had herself thrown in jail and hired by a sweatshop, all for shits and giggles. Oh, and to uncover incomprehensible injustice, cruelty, poverty, and the concealed, heinous treatment of the vulnerable and voiceless.
- But was pioneering journalism, social revolution and batshit badassery enough for our Liz? Like fuck it was. On a whim Nellie did what any self-respecting 25 year old woman in the 1800s would do - she emulated Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, and did it in 72.
- Millions followed her journey, and its appeal to a semi-literate populace resulted in greatly increased newspaper readership. So while travelling the entire globe (IN THE 1800s, AS A WOMAN) by ship, train, burro and balloon, she helped the world to read.
- Having essentially conquered the entire goddamn universe before hitting 30, Nellie retired, and wed 72 year old industrialist Robert Seaman. Their marriage was a happy one, and after his death she took over Iron Clad Manufacturing Co.
- But Lizzie was a writer, what would she know about the metal industry? Well, she INVENTED the steel barrel that became the model for the widely used 55-gallon drum and turned her inherited businesses into multimillion-dollar companies, so apparently a fuck ton.
- Furthermore, she set a precedent for working conditions, ensuring her workers had good pay, gymnasiums, staffed libraries, and health care, all completely unheard of at the time, while still writing to further the plight of the Suffragette movement.
- Nellie may have died age 58 of pneumonia, but HBICs live on forever.
I’m so pissed right now because I NEVER, EVER found her in a single of the history and literature books I studied on. Fuck that shit, this woman needs a whole entire chapter in every single book in print
Aw man, I had a series of books about important people in history (told…somehow through assigning them weird pets or something? IDK, I remember there being animal friends for everyone from Thomas Jefferson to Rosa Parks) but Nellie Bly was def one of my favorites. I wish I knew what those books were, they were great, small animals or not.
Help! The Los Angeles Science Fair is being cancelled just three weeks before the event due to insufficient funding.
Over 4,000 students have been working diligently since July to compete in this science fair. They are not able to compete in any other counties and will not be able to compete regionally or nationally this year or next if the LA Science Fair is cancelled. One of my best friends is one of these students. He’s been working towards his culminating project since he was 13 and building microbial fuel cells; he’s now a high school senior and may graduate having never been able to compete with his final project.
We need help right now to make this year’s competition happen. Every dollar helps; you can donate here: http://www.lascifair.org/donorspartners/donate-now/
We’re one of the most competitive science fairs in the country; in cancelling this science fair, we’re cutting hundreds of incredible young scientists clean out of the race.
This is about kids loving science. Please don’t let them down. Please please please donate. We’re currently $70,000 short for this year and, if things don’t look up, there will be no 2013 or 2014 science fair.
Loving the project video for sci-fi adventure series Dinocalypse Now. It’s like what would happen if you added Dune to Jurassic Park, put it all in a time machine with James Bond, and sent it back to 1922. What?! You’ll just have to watch/read to find out: score the e-versions for a ten buck pledge!
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The Rocketeer takes in a demo of the Dresden Files RPG at Chicago Wizard World.
After dinner I got a look at Do: Pilgrim’s of the Flying Temple, which I found utterly charming. I didn’t read it in-depth but I love the children’s book illustrative style, with evocative portraits and situations, the shift from illustration to paper cut-outs during the mechanics of play section, and all sorts of other great layout tricks that make it both fun to leaf through and provide anchors for finding appropriate sections later. Given my cognitive issues with content that shares illustrations and text, I have to say that the layout on this book was brilliant; instead of cluttering my mind and overloading me, I found myself getting hooked into text by the design itself. I didn’t read them all in-depth, but the sample letters I read were all very funny and full of great hooks. The text was all very accessible too. I can’t give a full review because I’m still being very strict about not getting games I’m not playing during our de-cluttering project, but it definitely gets a thumbs up on readability, cuteness, inclusiveness, child-friendly, simplicity, and fun. I think it would make a lovely starter game for kids and it looks rich enough to be fun for all-adult groups as well.