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  1. Women Like Marvel’s Agent Carter Were a Very Real Part of History

    In my grandmother's assisted living home stands a very wonky statue which was recently decapitated by a nurse. Her head has been duct taped back together, and there she stands; a statue of a World War II WAC. After all, my grandmother held tightly to those memories of her time serving in the Women’s Army Corp.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Pumpkin Tyrannosaurs Will Eat You and Your Latte

    Yeah but when Starbucks breaks down, the baristas don't eat the tourists.

    Want a carved pumpkin that will only get scarier as it decomposes? Villafane Studios crafted this one for the Field Station: Dinosaurs park in New Jersey. (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  3. Rape Jokes in the Military? How About No?

    [Trigger Warning] Brian Adam Jones is the editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. He also happens to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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  4. The Navy Promoted a Woman to Its Highest Rank for the First Time

    The times, they are a changin'. Good.

    Women have long had a tough time in the military, and that's putting it extremely lightly. That' hasn't stopped the U.S. Navy's Michelle Howard, who was the first African-American woman to earn the rank of admiral, and now she's been promoted to four-star admiral—the Navy's highest rank.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: A Ring Befitting Any Starfleet Officer

    Things We Saw Today

    One of silversmith Austin Moore's many geeky rings. BioShock, Doctor Who, and The Legend of Zelda are all well represented in his online shop. (via Neatorama)

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  6. Things We Saw Today: A K-9 Poodle Skirt for Hip Whovians

    Things We Saw Today

    Poodle? Pah. Robot dog. Created by Redditor Trammel for their daughter’s sock hop. (io9)

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  7. Women Airforce Service Pilots Got Their Rose Parade Float Yesterday

    For A More Civilized Age

    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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  8. U.S. Navy Names First Female 4-Star Admiral, May Serve as Navy’s Second Ranking Officer

    Firsts

    This Friday President Obama nominated Vice Admiral Michelle Howard for her fourth star, meaning that, pending Senate approval, she will become the first female full admiral in US Navy history.

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  9. Christine Fox, Top Gun Inspiration, Appointed No. 2 at the Pentagon

    Good News Everyone!

    Christine Fox, mathematician, weapons specialist, and analyst, was just appointed acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, and while she's only set to fill the post until a permanent successor is named, it still makes her the highest ranking female Department of Defense employee in history.

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  10. Army Official Slams Use of “Pretty” Women In PR Materials

    what is this I don't even

    Yesterday we told you about the first four women to graduate from marine infantry training following the decision earlier this year that female members of the U.S. military should be able to serve in combat. Yay! Gender equality! Progress! Col. Lynette Arnhart is the leader of a team studying how to best integrate women into these combat positions. And she has a beef with the way women are portrayed in the army’s PR materials. Namely: The soldiers used aren’t “average-looking” enough.

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