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World War II

  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. 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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  3. What Does the “D” in D-Day Actually Mean?

    This is what we think about.

    Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy. It was a turning point of WWII, and not a day the world will soon forget. On the anniversary, a lot of people might wondering what the "D" in "D-Day" stands for, so we looked into it.

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  4. We’ve Got an English-Subtitled Trailer for Miyazaki’s New Film The Wind Rises

    Mysterious bathhouses, fish-children, and walking steampunk castles not included.

    Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, The Wind Rises, now has an English-subtitled trailer, before its North American premier at the Toronto Film Festival. While many of us know Miyazaki for his fantasies, this appears to be one of the quieter historical dramas he's also known for: the tale of a Japanese aircraft designer before and during WWII.

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  5. Seventy Years Later, Pioneering Pilot Gets her Full Military Funeral Honors

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    The Women Airforce Service Pilots have fought an uphill battle for recognition ever since the program was decommissioned in 1944 and all its records classified for thirty-five years. But one small victory was achieved yesterday when Cheryl Marie Michell, niece of Marie Michell, succeeded in winning military funeral honors for her aunt, who died in 1944 while doing what she was best at: flying.

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  6. Star Trek’s George Takei Gives A Very Personal TED Talk [VIDEO]

    Offered Without Comment

    I'll just leave this here. George Takei, you're awesome. (via TED Blog) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  7. Today in Geek History: The Neutron’s Discovered

    It was only 81 years ago back on February 27, 1932 when Sir James Chadwick (not pictured above) published a letter announcing his discovery of the neutron. Besides giving students a new particle to memorize, Chadwick's discovery also helped lead the world into the nuclear age by allowing science to split the atom. The atomic bomb would not have been possible without Chadwick's work, so... thanks?

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  8. World War II Lard Washes Ashore St. Cyrus Nature Reserve Beach, Apparently Still Good for Fryin’

    Plenty of strange and wondrous wash up on the beach every now and then: Shells, pieces of coral, dead and largely indeterminate ocean life that news networks and "experts" are quick to label as a sea monster. The usual stuff, but staff members at the St. Cyrus nature reserve in Angus, Scotland were surprised to find white, barnacle-encrusted blobs of lard washed ashore a nearby beach after a storm had hit the coast. Fortunately, the lard is believed to have originated from the wreck of a sunken WWII-era merchant vessel and not the leftover medical waste from Poseidon's regular liposuction procedures.

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  9. Scientists Petition to Grant War Hero, Math Genius Alan Turing, Convicted of Homosexuality, An Official Pardon

    For great justice

    Stephen Hawking and other notable scientists have asked the British government to grant an official posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker whose contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were followed up by a conviction for homosexuality. Turing was given the choice between imprisonment and a hormonal treatment better known as "chemical castration," and after a year of enduring the latter he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

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  10. BBC Celebrates Susan Travers, The Only Woman in the French Foreign Legion

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    This week, BBC Online Magazine proudly celebrates the life and complete badassery of the late Susan Travers, who would have been 100. Travers was (and is) the only woman to have been a member of the French Foreign Legion. During her later years, surprised reactions to seeing her with the tell-tale red and blue ribbon would not have been unusual, especially given the Legion's reputation and standing within France. For our American and non-French readership, let us say that the Foreign Legion, a military unit for foreign nationals who wish to serve in the French Armed Forces that is commanded by French officers, is notoriously tough. Because soldiers in the Legion hail from all over, a sense of cohesion is developed through rigorous training that is both physically and mentally extreme. Starting to get the idea?

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  11. Anne Frank Started Her Famous Diary 70 Years Ago Today

    and let it be known

    Most of us learned the tragic story of young Anne Frank in school. The young Jewish girl whose family was hidden away from Nazi soldiers in a secret apartment in Amsterdam was immortalized thanks to a diary her father gave her shortly before they fled. Frank started that diary on June 12, 1942. The date also marks what would have been her 83rd birthday.

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  12. Things We Saw Today: The Hungry Hungry Games

    Things We Saw Today

    May the tiny white plastic marbles be ever in your favor. (Fashionably Geek)

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  13. So, This Was Going to Be Hitler’s Swank Los Angeles Bunker After He Won World War II (Oh, Well)

    this exists

    Way, way back in the 1930s, a group of plucky American Nazi sympathizers (and huge Hitler fanboys) imagined a world in which their beloved dictator took over the world and came across the pond to live in California. So they did what any other fan club did: They built Adolf Hitler his very own bunker in Hollywood. Wasn't that awesome of them? Alas, as we know, Hitler did not win World War II, he was defeated and killed himself, and now this dilapidated Nazi bunker is just taking up space. Come on guys, haven't you ever heard the term "fixer-upper"?

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  14. Women’s Work (WWII Style)

    Consider the Following

    A group of railroad wipers shares lunch in one of a series of photos, put together by BuzzFeed, of women employed by the war effort during World War II. We're used to seeing stuff like this in the literal black and white vision of the past, but these photos were taken for the purposes of propaganda (though all the workers are real, and doing their actual jobs) so some expense was spared to make them as vivid as possible. We've posted a few more below:

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  15. George Lucas’ Red Tails Comes Out 20 Years Late, Takes #2 At Box Office

    Not a Misprint

    George Lucas' latest film Red Tails hit theaters this past weekend. The action drama, about a group of African American U.S. service members from World War II known as the Tuskegee Airmen, landed at a very respectable number two at the box office. We know this project had been Lucas' baby for some time but thanks to a recently uncovered scan of a 1990 issue of Lucasfilm Fan Club magazine, we now know this film arrived exactly twenty years later than planned. 

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  16. Found: Identity of the Female Fire Fighters at Pearl Harbor

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Just last week we posted an article about this amazing picture of four women wielding a fire hose, understood for years to be a depiction of women firefighters rushing to the job during the attacks on Pearl Harbor seventy years ago this month. Their identities were unknown. Just last week, MSNBC decided that this was a mystery well worth solving, and solve it they have. The last surviving woman from this picture is the ninety-six-year-old Katherine Lowe; mother of eight and grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother of too many for MSNBC to count; and she's got a lot of revelatory things to say about the photo, its origins, and the place that she and the other women actually had in the war effort.

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  17. Who Are These Female Firefighters Taking Care Of Business At Pearl Harbor?

    Today in Boobs

    Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and to commemorate, MSNBC posted a slew of photographs taken that day. What's likely to become a new iconic photo is a shot of several women fighting at fire at the scene. And now, the world wants to know who they are. Hit the jump for the full image. 

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  18. Wait, WHAT?!: There Was a Secret Plot to Turn Hitler into a Lady

    Misleading Headline of the Day

    So this might be the weirdest news I've heard today: Back during WWII, one group of British spies were hoping that pumping Hitler with with enough estrogen would calm him down enough to stop the whole mass genocide/take over the world kick he was on. There were undoubtedly plenty of "kill Hitler" plots circling around at the time (not to mention The Doctor's efforts), but the logic behind this one is what catches our eye. Follow the jump to learn more about it.

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  19. Ms. and Ms. Smith: Women Became Best Friends After Being WWII Spies

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    File this under "Kickass Ladies and Their Adorable Stories." Betty McIntosh, 96, and Doris Boher, 88, are best friends. And, in a story just waiting to be turned into a sitcom, they both spent their youths as secret agents for the U.S. during World War II. But they didn't even meet until well after retirement.

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  20. Rules for Golfing During a German Bombing

    These temporary rules were posted at Britain's Richmond Golf Club, located 10 miles from London, after German bombs hit the course in 1940. British dry humor was not lost in the face of adversity, even during World War II. (via Boing Boing)

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