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10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

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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Olden Lore

“History’s Forgotten Women” Get Their Own… Eyeshadow Line?

OK then. This is Ignis Antiquita, a line of 40 eyeshadows “inspired by the amazing, fiery, passionate, strong women who have been largely forgotten in our history books, or had their histories revised due to the fact that they were what they were- WOMEN!” Here are descriptions of all the women included. Before you scoff at the idea of famous women of history being paired with a makeup line—let me say A) there’s nothing wrong with makeup itself, and B) Ignis Antiquita wasn’t created by some huge conglomerate seeking to take advantage of the struggles of women to sell some impossible beauty standard, but by independently owned company Aromaleigh. I can only assume founder Kristen Leigh Bell thought “You know what’s cool? Eyeshadow. You know what’s also cool? Historical women!”

True on both counts.

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For A More Civilized Age

Women Airforce Service Pilots Got Their Rose Parade Float Yesterday

If we talk about the Women Airforce Service Pilots a lot, it’s only because they were awesome. Classified as civilians working for the Air Force as they performed the same job as (and even trained) enlisted men, unceremoniously dismissed at the end of the war, with their actions unnecessarily classified for thirty years and subsequently omitted from history textbooks. It’s been a struggle for the aging members of the WASP to find their proper due, but one such effort went off without a hitch this very week.

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For great justice

Computer Pioneer Alan Turing, Convicted for Homosexuality, Finally Receives Royal Pardon

We have some bittersweet news for you this Christmas Eve day: Alan Turing—computer genius, codebreaker, World War II hero—has finally had his 1952 conviction for homosexuality overturned by the British government. “Sweet” because it’s been a long time coming. “Bitter” because it in no way erases his initial conviction and its heartbreaking results.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Ms. Pac-Man, The Femme Fatale

Komboh has prepared field identification charts for arcade games. Arm yourself with knowledge.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

There’s a Female-Written, Female-Directed Film About the Women’s Suffrage Movement In the Works

Historical drama Suffragette, originally titled The Fury (oh, mythology references!), has been circling around for a while, but the first time I heard about it was when I saw on Variety that Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to co-star. And I’m going to tell you about it. Because it sounds amazing.

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There’s a New Show About the Salem Witch Trials. Here’s Its Trailer. [VIDEO]

Earlier this week we told you that Jenji Kohan, the creator of Orange Is the New Black, is doing a show about the Salem witch trials for HBO. Salem is not that show. Instead it’s a completely different Salem witch trials show developed by the network WGN America, which airs… somewhere. I’ve actually never heard of it. It stars Janet Montgomery (Merlin, Black Swan) as historical figure Mary Sibley and airs sometime in 2014. What do you think?

(via: Deadline)

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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Scientists Discover the World’s Oldest Communal Toilet

The end of days is nigh. There’s nowhere humanity, as a species, can go from this discovery. Nirvana is upon us.

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Olden Lore

The Creator of Orange Is the New Black Is Doing a Show About the Salem Witch Trials

…but it won’t be on Netflix, so you’ll have to actually wait a week between episodes instead of binging all at once. I know, I know. The struggle is real.

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Olden Lore

“Histagrams” Bring History Into The Internet Age

What if famous events from history had been documented on social networking? The Tumblr blog Histagrams seeks to answer that question with these filtered and hashtagged blasts from the past.

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