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Wil Wheaton explains why being a nerd is awesome

Wil Wheaton explains why being a nerd is awesome…

Temple Houston, son of Sam Houston, orphaned at 7 raised by sister. At 19 graduated w/ honors from Baylor with law degree and passed the bar to become youngest practicing lawyer in Texas. He spoke French, Spanish and 7 Indian languages. He became renowned for defending prostitute Millie Stacey in 1899. His closing summary (the Soiled Dove Plea) is still studied by law students today, considered the perfect defense argument and one of the finest masterpieces of oratory in the English language.

"Yes, girls and women can and do advance science."

To evade the Taliban, Shabana Basij-Rasikh went to school disguised as a boy, taking different paths to avoid detection and hiding her books. Now at 24, she is on yet another mission: to make education attainable for all Afghan girls. In 2008, Basij-Rasikh started a boarding school with four girls. Today, the school has 35 students and has helped 40 girls get scholarships to boarding schools and universities in five different countries, with scholarships amounting to $7.7 million.

Queen Boudicca, England, ? – AD 61 In revenge for public humiliation and the rape of her two daughters, Boudicca was nearly successful in driving the Roman settlers from early England. She was perhaps the only person in history who successfully organized warring Celtic tribes into one army, decimating three Roman cities before her defeat.

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18-year-old Brittany Wenger of Sarasota, Florida, the winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, built an artificial neural network to detect patterns in a large database of breast tissue samples, creating a low-cost and highly accurate method for diagnosing breast cancer. She tested her computer program in 7.6 million trials and found that it successfully helped doctors detect more than 99% of malignant tumors using a minimally-invasive procedure.

The Titanic. Rigel, a Newfoundland dog, belonging to First Officer Murdoch, saved the passengers in Life Boat 4. They were drifting in front of the Carpathia, too weak to call out. Thanks to the barking, Captain Rostron saw the boat on the starboard end of the bridge and ordered the engines stopped. Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia kept the dog.

Lt. Murdoch's Dog, Rigel

Hedy Lamarr - actress. Invented a system for remote-controlling torpedoes that later gave us Bluetooth & wifi

NohaNoor: Hedy Lamarr

Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, "Oh, it was nothing. Someone had to look after the children."

Navy pilot George H.W. Bush, 1942. Before going to college, Bush signed up to join the navy and fight in World War II. He rose to the level of lieutenant. He was a navy pilot flying 58 combat missions in the Pacific. He was injured bailing out of his burning aircraft during a mission and was rescued by a submarine.

George H.W. Bush -- Academy of Achievement Photo Credit

helen richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator ... she was the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the united states ... the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and was one of the first female flight instructors

Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed

Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944. These female pilots of the British Air Transport Auxiliary flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to air bases in England during WWII ~

“Lilian Yonally was a WASP – a Women Airforce Service Pilot. During WWII, the 1,100 WASPs flew military aircraft on training flights in the USA to train volunteer male pilots for combat missions.”

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova: the only female pilot & navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during WWII. From May 1942 she served as navigator & later became head of communication of the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment—referred to as the Night Witches. Dospanova made 300+ combat missions & was injured in 1943 while landing in blackout conditions. She survived the crash but fractured her legs. 3 months later, she returned to keep fighting, going all the way to Berlin for victory.

Once Upon A Time In War

Nadezhda Popova, was a "night witch" - a female pilot who flew a plywood and canvas airplane (reminding Germans of a broomstick) at night - who flew 852 missions after her brother was killed by the Germans. She and others volunteers (most in their teens and twenties) few 30k missions and dumped 23k tons of bombs on German invaders. They flew in the depth of night with no parachutes, guns, radios, or radar guided by compasses and maps.

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

In 2005, Lisa Shannon watched Lisa Ling's report on Oprah about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and was aghast to learn about the daily rape of women and death toll of 4 million. Inspired to take action, she started raising money to help Congolese women. To date, she has raised $12 million through charitable walks and runs. Read more: www.burlingtonfre...

Naeema Azar of Pakistan, shown with her son Ahmed, was disfigured and blinded when her husband threw acid on her. She has bravely spoken out against acid attacks, refusing to hide herself and working with the Progressive Women's Association of Pakistan to end the ready sale of acid. Hers is the face of courage. Half The Sky

2008 Pakistan, Armenia

One Woman's Dangerous War Against the Most Hated Man on the Internet. When Charlotte Laws learned that her daughter's computer had been hacked & her personal photos, name, age, location & employer were posted to a "revenge porn" website, this mother & former private detective launched a tireless campaign to take down a dangerous sociopath. Along the way, she discovered so many similar victims, she created a 10-inch thick file for the FBI.

Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American woman to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles.

She took the opportunity to throw her support behind The Malala Fund, an education charity that recently launched with a ten million dollar donation from Pakistan. | See Malala Yousefzai Speak Publicly For The First Time Since Being Shot By The Taliban

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The 37 Wisest Things Michael Scott Ever Said