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georgetakei:

If you don’t know about this age-old controversy, it’s high time you became informed. Don’t know what I’m talking about (or do but need a good laugh), then read this.

I Oxford comma. It’s the sensible thing to do.

georgetakei:

If you don’t know about this age-old controversy, it’s high time you became informed. Don’t know what I’m talking about (or do but need a good laugh), then read this.

I Oxford comma. It’s the sensible thing to do.

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obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day (Historical): Ellen Church (1965)
It was Ellen Church’s dream to fly, so in 1930 she applied for a job as a pilot with United Airlines. The president of the fledgling passenger company, Steve Stimson, however, would not hire a woman pilot. Instead the two decided to give Ms. Church the position of stewardess - the first-ever in aviation history*.
Ms. Church, who was a registered nurse, had convinced Mr. Stimson that having female nurses on airplanes would alleviate many of the concerns passengers and their families had about flying. At this point, the planes flew at 5,000 feet, which created for some very bumpy rides. In addition, the planes were unpressurized, unheated, and stopped numerous times for fuel and other necessities on long flights.
With the support of Mr. Stimson, Ms. Church recruited the first staff of stewardesses, or “sky girls,” finding seven other women to join her. According to sources, the women selected had to be 115 pounds or less in order to make sure that the then-fragile planes were not too heavy. The low ceilings also forced all the new hires to be shorter than 5’4”. The original group of Boeing stewardesses were Ms. Church, Jessie Carter, Cornelia Peterman, Church, Inez Keller, Alva Johnson, Margaret Arnott, Ellis Crawford and Harriet Fry.
Ms. Church was on the first flight, from Oakland to Chicago, and was responsible not only for passenger health and safety, but also distributed box lunchs and helped to re-fuel the plane - all while wearing a traditional nurse’s uniform to give added reassurance. The first flight took 13 stops and 20 hours. (You can now fly non-stop between the two cities in 4 hours.)
Ms. Church only worked for United for 18 months before a car accident ended her career.
However more than a decade later her nursing skills were once again in demand with the outbreak of World War II. She spent the duration of the war in southern Europe and North Africa helping evacuate military casualties by air. Prior to D-Day, she was assigned the task of training all the evacuation nurses for the invasion of Normandy. For her service she earned the Air Medal (given “to anyone who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.”) as well as several campaign medals including the European-African-Middle Eastern medal with seven bronze stars denoting sevice in seven different military actions.
Ellen Church, who also designed the stewardess uniforms seen in the photo accompanying this post, died on August 22, 1965 at the age of 60. She succumbed to injuries from a horsebackriding accident. To honor her contributions the citizens in her hometown of Cresco, Iowa named the local airport for her.
Sources: Iowa Pathways, Workingnurse.com, and Wikipedia
(Image of Ellen Church, circa 1930, is courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, A-45935-C, part of their America by Air online exhibit.)
* The role of air steward was created decades earlier by a German airline in 1912. Heinrich Kubis is the first person, male or female, to serve in that position.
 

The first stewardess was a nurse!

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day (Historical): Ellen Church (1965)

It was Ellen Church’s dream to fly, so in 1930 she applied for a job as a pilot with United Airlines. The president of the fledgling passenger company, Steve Stimson, however, would not hire a woman pilot. Instead the two decided to give Ms. Church the position of stewardess - the first-ever in aviation history*.

Ms. Church, who was a registered nurse, had convinced Mr. Stimson that having female nurses on airplanes would alleviate many of the concerns passengers and their families had about flying. At this point, the planes flew at 5,000 feet, which created for some very bumpy rides. In addition, the planes were unpressurized, unheated, and stopped numerous times for fuel and other necessities on long flights.

With the support of Mr. Stimson, Ms. Church recruited the first staff of stewardesses, or “sky girls,” finding seven other women to join her. According to sources, the women selected had to be 115 pounds or less in order to make sure that the then-fragile planes were not too heavy. The low ceilings also forced all the new hires to be shorter than 5’4”. The original group of Boeing stewardesses were Ms. Church, Jessie Carter, Cornelia Peterman, Church, Inez Keller, Alva Johnson, Margaret Arnott, Ellis Crawford and Harriet Fry.

Ms. Church was on the first flight, from Oakland to Chicago, and was responsible not only for passenger health and safety, but also distributed box lunchs and helped to re-fuel the plane - all while wearing a traditional nurse’s uniform to give added reassurance. The first flight took 13 stops and 20 hours. (You can now fly non-stop between the two cities in 4 hours.)

Ms. Church only worked for United for 18 months before a car accident ended her career.

However more than a decade later her nursing skills were once again in demand with the outbreak of World War II. She spent the duration of the war in southern Europe and North Africa helping evacuate military casualties by air. Prior to D-Day, she was assigned the task of training all the evacuation nurses for the invasion of Normandy. For her service she earned the Air Medal (given “to anyone who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.”) as well as several campaign medals including the European-African-Middle Eastern medal with seven bronze stars denoting sevice in seven different military actions.

Ellen Church, who also designed the stewardess uniforms seen in the photo accompanying this post, died on August 22, 1965 at the age of 60. She succumbed to injuries from a horsebackriding accident. To honor her contributions the citizens in her hometown of Cresco, Iowa named the local airport for her.

Sources: Iowa Pathways, Workingnurse.com, and Wikipedia

(Image of Ellen Church, circa 1930, is courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, A-45935-C, part of their America by Air online exhibit.)

* The role of air steward was created decades earlier by a German airline in 1912. Heinrich Kubis is the first person, male or female, to serve in that position.

 

The first stewardess was a nurse!

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corgiaddict:

Phoebe and her new friend

I believe you mock me.

corgiaddict:

Phoebe and her new friend

I believe you mock me.

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bookpatrol:

The Classics for the Masses: The Loeb Classical Library heads online 

When James Loeb founded the Loeb Classical Library in 1911 he had two simple goals:

1. To make the work of classical authors accessible to as many readers as possible—regardless of their knowledge of Greek or Latin—so they could profit from the wisdom of the ancients that had enriched his life so much.

2. He wanted the Loeb Classical Library to offer the best of Anglo-American classical scholarship

Loeb was also way ahead of the crowd by having the books in the series designed to fit into one’s pocket (the Penguin paperback was still 20+ years away).

Technology has finally caught up with Loeb’s dream and coming this fall the entire library will be available online. Users will not only have access to every Loeb classic in print but will also will also to:

  • Toggle between single- and dual-language reading modes;
  • Browse works and volumes of the library by author, language, period, form, genre, and subject;
  • Search across the full Loeb corpus in English, Latin, and Greek;
  • Bookmark, organize, and annotate content in personal digital workspaces and 
  • Share notes and reading lists with classmates, students, and colleagues

Now this is how I dreamed the internet would be.

More at Harvard Magazine: Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library goes digital

Free literature library.

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corgiaddict:

Cara the fluffy corgi at the corgi walk in the Pearl for the Oregon Humane Society. http://corgiwalk.com/ the Corgi walk is in August every year in Portland Oregon if people are interested.

How did we miss Corgi Walk??

corgiaddict:

Cara the fluffy corgi at the corgi walk in the Pearl for the Oregon Humane Society. http://corgiwalk.com/ the Corgi walk is in August every year in Portland Oregon if people are interested.

How did we miss Corgi Walk??

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Yes.

Yes.

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nprglobalhealth:

Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test
Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states.
The study was small. Only 25 people were given the experimental vaccine. But the findings are promising. They demonstrate that the vaccine is safe and that it triggers a strong response from the immune system, scientists reported Friday in the Lancet journal.
Until last year, chikungunya was found only in parts of Africa and Asia. Then in December, the virus started circulating on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean.
From there, chikungunya spread like wildfire. It hopped from island to island in the Caribbean and spilled over into Central America and parts of South America. By July, chikungunya had found its way to Florida. At least four people have caught the virus in Florida. And the state has recorded 138 imported cases. New York state has the second largest number of imported cases, 96.
Chikungunya usually isn’t fatal. But it causes a high fever, headache, nausea and extreme joint pain — which can linger for months. And there’s no cure or vaccine.
Continue reading.
Photo: Residents walk amid fumes as workers spray chemicals to exterminate mosquitoes in a neighborhood of Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince on May 21. The virus swept through Haiti this spring, infecting more than 40,000 people. (Hector Retamala/AFP/Getty Images)

nprglobalhealth:

Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states.

The study was small. Only 25 people were given the experimental vaccine. But the findings are promising. They demonstrate that the vaccine is safe and that it triggers a strong response from the immune system, scientists reported Friday in the Lancet journal.

Until last year, chikungunya was found only in parts of Africa and Asia. Then in December, the virus started circulating on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean.

From there, chikungunya spread like wildfire. It hopped from island to island in the Caribbean and spilled over into Central America and parts of South America. By July, chikungunya had found its way to Florida. At least four people have caught the virus in Florida. And the state has recorded 138 imported cases. New York state has the second largest number of imported cases, 96.

Chikungunya usually isn’t fatal. But it causes a high fever, headache, nausea and extreme joint pain — which can linger for months. And there’s no cure or vaccine.

Continue reading.

Photo: Residents walk amid fumes as workers spray chemicals to exterminate mosquitoes in a neighborhood of Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince on May 21. The virus swept through Haiti this spring, infecting more than 40,000 people. (Hector Retamala/AFP/Getty Images)

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vintageeveryday:

A windy day in Philadelphia, 1947.

Hold on to your hat. It’s Monday.

vintageeveryday:

A windy day in Philadelphia, 1947.

Hold on to your hat. It’s Monday.

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satelliteof:

gameraboy:

It sure is!
La Grande Duchesse candy advertisement by Allen Anderson

This message brought to you by candy

Candy gets the girl.

satelliteof:

gameraboy:

It sure is!

La Grande Duchesse candy advertisement by Allen Anderson

This message brought to you by candy

Candy gets the girl.

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