Mastering rough roads shelled into near-oblivion, Violette Morris sidestepped the artillery craters on her motorcycle. It was 1916 on the slopes of the Somme in the midst World War I, and Morris, a field nurse, was on her way to the battlefield. The soldiers who righted her bike when she fell weren't aware that they were helping a woman. With a shapeless outfit and close-cropped hair, Morris could easily pass for a man on the battlefield.
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In an age where we can pull a small handheld computer from our pocket it and ask it to show us the quickest route to a pizza shop, it's easy to forget that we used to have to navigate our world using things like a compass. Snooze. The Vikings, ever brave, had to navigate the iceberg-rich waters of the North Atlantic without Google Maps.
How did they do it?
While you were chomping on Easter bilbies and eggs for a weekend, there were hundreds of plant species across the country celebrating with hearty meals of their own. They might not be able to take down something the size of a human (thank god, we don't need more things that can kill us here), but the Lovecraftian horrors trap and slowly drown insects to get the nutrients they need.
These are Australia's murderous plants.
If you ever get a chance to visit the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain, you're likely to be confronted with a crowd of humanity all gathering around a small fresco on the church's wall. Some 90 years ago, Elías García Martínez painted an image depicting Jesus with a crown of thorns looking forlorn into the light.
It was a pretty unremarkable fresco... until an amateur church volunteer botched the restoration. Thanks, internet.
The news broke yesterday that Beyonce was bitten on the face by an, as of yet, undisclosed Hollywood actress. The good news? Beyonce is okay. Her face is unmarked. She was a "bit" taken aback by the drive-by face-masticator but she's okay, she's still being a total badass and all that.
But what would happen if it wasn't a human that bit Beyonce? What if it was a T-Rex?
The Second World War swallowed up the years between 1939 and 1945, affecting people across the globe and ending as the deadliest conflict in human history. As some of humanity's darkest days, it's origins and legacy are taught in schools across the world. It may be easy to understand who attacked who - but it isn't easy to fully comprehend the scale until it's laid out for you in simple, easy to understand terms.
Just like this two-part video series does.
On the fourth Sunday in April, Japanese parents descend on the shrines of Tokyo with their bundles of joy, which they promptly hand over to a sumo.
The two rikishi, babe in hand and weighing over 150 kilograms each, step into the ring. In a normal bout, they'd collide, trying to push each other out of the ring, but on this afternoon, it's the two infants that are the competitors.
This competition is all about seeing which infant can cry the loudest.
Being the son of a baker and, in a former life, a scientist, there are a lot of Universal Forces dictating that I should have a talent for baking. I'm not very good at baking. On top of that, I'm not into all those tears and painful pauses you see on Masterchef, either.
That's why I am stoked that Netflix has produced Nailed It, a TV show about people that aren't very good at baking. It is hilarious.
Don't you feel like all the recent pop culture fervour of the last decade has been strongly zombie-related? The fact that The Walking Dead is in its eighth season tells you all you need to know, but there was also World War Z and all sorts of zombie-related video games.
Sure, we've had Pirates of the Caribbean but, where's all the great pirate stuff?
I'll tell you where! It's stuffed in Sea of Thieves.
The human body is not designed to stay awake for long periods of time. We've evolved a system that works in a rhythm - an internal clock that drives biological processes to work at different times throughout a 24 hour period. Disrupting this rhythm can have stark consequences, but it also may be key in helping to treat depression.
Last year, Stephen Hawking's 1966 PhD thesis "Properties of expanding universes" was made publically available. The thesis deals with many cosmic phenomena, including the universe's expansion, gravitational radiation and 'singularities' or the birth of the universe. The full document is available to download right now.
Sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine is the landlocked 'nation' of Transnistria. A nation that isn't recognised as a nation at all. The United Nations identifies it as part of Moldova. Moldova identifies it as its own 'autonomous territorial unit'. You won't find its name printed on Google Maps.
With no official title, Transnistria is a monument to the former USSR, a place frozen in time in Eastern Europe.
Okay, that headline is a complete fabrication. A lie. Some people will read it and be delighted or disgusted, even sharing it on social media without realising I am making all this up.
So, Today I (actually) Discovered just how instrumental Twitter has become in spreading fake news, thanks to new research out of MIT.