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  1. Animated Game Of Thrones Video Shows How History Is Stranger Than Dragon-Filled Fiction

    The history nerds among you already know all this. This video is for the rest of us. Actually, this video is for anyone who's a fan of Game of Thrones, history, adorable animation, and TED Talks. Check out this mini-tutorial on the historical, real-world wars that inspired the crazy, bloody politics of Game of Thrones (or the title of a Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie).

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  2. It’s Not Easy Being Green: 3 Cures for Green Sickness, “The Virgin’s Disease”

    Which is something people legitimately used to think existed.

    In the 21st century, there are a few ways we can turn green. In addition to being hit by too much gamma radiation, we can also get kind of greenish from nausea (I'm looking at you, Taco Bell waffle taco) and become “green with envy” (like how I feel when I see pictures of people who visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica).

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  3. 220-Year-Old Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams Unearthed in Boston; F*** Yeah, ‘Murrica

    Idk. I'm Canadian.

    One if by land, two if by sea! (Is a history thing I have heard people say.) According to IFLScience, a time capsule buried in 1795 by Paul Revere, Col. William Scollay and then-Massachusetts Governor Sam Adams has been unearthed in Boston.

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  4. Selma Director Asks Us to “Interrogate History” After Op-Ed Claims the Film is Historically Inaccurate

    On December 26th, The Washington Post published "The movie Selma has a glaring flaw," an op-ed by Joseph A. Califano Jr., former domestic affairs chief to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Thankfully, Selma director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter yesterday to respond to Califano's claims.

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  5. Christina Ricci to Play Lizzie Borden Again in Sequel Miniseries for Lifetime

    Overdramatic pear-eating or bust!

    OK, but will the cravats, implied lesbianism, and dramatic pear-eating still be there?

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  6. Surprise! That DNA “Evidence” Shows We’re All Jack the Ripper Victims! Or Something Like That

    These scientists need a lesson from Mr. DNA.

    Oh no! The (most) recent supposed Jack the Ripper identification was wrong! He's still at large! Wait, what do you mean he lived over 100 years ago?

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  7. The Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Brief History Of The TOTALLY KICK-ASS Grace Hopper

    Want to know where the term "computer bug" came from?

    Okay friends I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE PREPARED for the badness of a certain GRACE MURRAY HOPPER. Oh, wait, sorry, REAR ADMIRAL Grace Murray Hopper. YEAH. It's about to get REAL.

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  8. It’s Ada Lovelace Day, So Here’s A Brief History Of Her EXTREME RADNESS

    How can one human be SO RAD?!

    Hey ladies, next time some troll gets in your internet-face and tries to be like LOL GIRLS JUST LIKE COMPUTERS FOR ATTENTION or WOMEN DON’T KNOW HOW TO CODE UGH or anything equally ridiculous, I want you to get a picture of Ada Lovelace, tape it to a digital brick, and throw it in their general direction. Because GUESS WHAT GATEKEEPER BROS want to know who wrote the first-ever computer program? It was A LADY NAMED ADA. OOPS.

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  9. Amazon Has a Racism Disclaimer on Tom and Jerry Cartoons, Cue the Censorship Complaints

    How dare they accurately describe a show!

    A quick lesson in censorship: A disclaimer is not censorship. There's nothing wrong with admitting openly that outdated and possibly offensive stereotypes and imagery exist in older cartoons or any kind of entertainment. Amazon has done just that with Tom and Jerry on their instant streaming video service, and people are reacting about as well as you'd expect.

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  10. The Mary Sue Interview: Medieval Full-Contact Steel Fighter Sandra Lagnese

    BRING THE BOHURTS!

    As I wandered through the hotel maze of Dragon Con a few weekends ago in Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself in the basement of the Hyatt looking at a sign that said "The Armory." While there I met Sandra Lagnese, who participates in full-contact medieval steel fighting—aka bohurts—and was one of the first women to join the Armored Combat League USA Knights team. Yeah, I was impressed too.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: The Best Magneto Cosplay Ever

    Perfection.

    The spoon. THE SPOOOOOOOOOON.

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  12. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Gritty” Memoir Will Be Out This Fall, Sounds Historically Accurate And Deeply Upsetting

    While we're being real, those Boxcar Children...are they okay?

    The Little House On The Prairie books have inspired a beloved television series, a musical, and my own unshakable belief that I'd be much happier living in a log cabin with Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura. But book lovers may have to reassess some of their associations with the series: after decades of delays, Laura Ingalls Wilder's memoir will be finally be published on November 15th, and it sounds horrifying.

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  13. Watch the First Two Trailers for Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

    Kleenex at the ready.

    Benedict Cumberbatch's previous "Look, ma! I'm playing a tech history icon!" movie, WikiLeaks docudrama The Fifth Estate, crashed and burned both critically and commercially, so here's hoping his Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game does better. There's certainly no shortage of talent on display in the trailers (US above, UK behind the cut).

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  14. George Takei’s TED Talk on American Democracy

    This is important.

    George Takei's TED Talk at TEDxTokyo is all about his struggle to reconcile his experience of being raised in an American internment camp for citizens of Japanese descent, with what he was later taught about the ideals of American democracy.

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  15. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  16. Emilia Clarke and Nicholas Hoult to Go Down Together In Bonnie & Clyde Biopic

    Winter Is Coming

    That’s… that’s quite the title you have there. I couldn’t avoid making a sex pun if I wanted to. Which, obviously, I don’t, because have you met me?

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  17. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 2

    Essay

    With June being LGBT Pride Month, we're taking a looking at how LGBT content has been represented in mainstream American comics. This isn't a complete history, but we hope you'll find it informative of what's happened so far and helpful in considering what the future should bring. In Part 1 we covered the Golden Age of Comics, the creation of the Comics Code Authority, the first few stories that worked around the rules against LGBT content, and an editor who decreed that gays did not exist in the Marvel Universe (except for rapists in a "mature readers" magazine). Now we pick up in the 1980s.

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  18. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 1

    Essay

    Next month is June, aka LGBT Pride Month. In anticipation of this, and because it is good and necessary to discuss representation in pop culture and media, we present to you this look at how LGBT content has been portrayed in mainstream American comic books. This is by no means a complete history. We don't have the space for that. But we hope you'll appreciate this look at some of the major forces that have shaped stories and characters in the mainstream comic book medium.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones “Guess Who?”

    Things We Saw Today

    If you're thinking "I would totally play that," guess what? You can. Free downloads await. (Vulture, via Nerd Approved)

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  20. 10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

    Power Grid

    300: Rise of An Empire came out on Friday, and its release should give Queen Artemisia of Caria some well-deserved public recognition. Played by Eva Green in the film, Artemisia was a real-life naval commander for Xerxes the Great's fearsome Persian military in the 5th century BCE. According to the writings of war historian Polyaenus, Xerxes declared that she was the finest officer in his fleet. But she's far from the only amazing female military commander in history. Here are ten others, most (though not all) of whom have never had movies made about them... but definitely should someday soon.

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