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Extinction

The current pace of global average temperature rise puts approximately 25 to 35 percent of plant and animal species at increased risk of extinction. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)
books

Inchage

Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, avoided reading reviews of his work and instead measured them with a ruler. The longer the review, the better he felt about it. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
writing

Whoops

Alexandre Dumas fought his first duel at age 23. During the course of the duel, his trousers fell down. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
science

Vaxx your kids

By 1979 the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared smallpox to be the first infectious disease to have been eradicated from the face of the earth, through the use of…
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Nan’yehi

Upon her husband’s death, Cherokee leader Nancy Ward (Nan’yehi) took his place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks, and led the Cherokee to victory. After the victory, she became head of…
books

Rum ‘n cuppa

On days when he gave public readings from his novels, Charles Dickens had two tablespoons of rum with fresh cream for breakfast, and a pint of champagne for tea. (Source:…
consent

Contraception, people!

An estimated 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. (Source: WHO)
funny

Robo-Dick

There is a life-size android version of the SF writer Philip K. Dick, built in 2005 by David Hanson. It has been christened ‘Robo-Dick’.
consent

VAWA 2

Some studies show that up to 1 in 5 women reports being sexually abused before the age of 15. (Source: WHO)
science

Glaciers melting

In 1910 Glacier National Park was home to more an estimated 150 glaciers. That number has now shrunk to 25 as of December 2016. (Source: National Park Service)
feminism

That’ll learn ’em

The first American woman to go to medical school was admitted as a joke. When Elizabeth Blackwell applied to Geneva Medical School in 1847, the students thought it was a…
books

Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.
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Merit Ptah

The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she may be the first woman recorded by name in…
Rational

Once in every 2-3 years

By the end of this century, what have been once-in-20-year extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation.  (Source:…
feminism

Midwifery

After childbirth, midwives support mothers to breastfeed and to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. They check the health of the newborn and also counsel the mother on newborn care, birth spacing…
science

Meteors

There are over 20 million observable meteors per day. The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons. The typical size of a meteor is about one…
books

J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
feminism

antibodies for baby

Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. (Source: WHO)
books

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…
science

Hurricanes & Typhoons

According to expert Jeff Masters, 2016 saw the strongest storms ever observed in two regions. We also witnessed seven Category 5 storms, which is a huge number. Among typhoons that…
books

Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
books

tsundoku

The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
science

Parts per million

The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)
food

Cuppa

The first recorded reference to anyone in England having a cup of tea is in Samuel Pepys’ diary on 25 September 1660. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
blasphemy

Climate Change is Probaby Us

In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United…
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