Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday Reading

Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies At 107
by Rebecca Hersher
In order to get the numbers small enough, new hires were taught to do something called "lip pointing." After painting each number, they were to put the tip of the paintbrush between their lips to sharpen it. 
Twelve numbers per watch, upwards of 200 watches per day — and with every digit, the girls swallowed a little bit of radium.
Read More at NPR


But For Video: Why Would He Lie? Edition
By Scott H. Greenfield
There was nothing unusual about the defense arguing that a police officer fabricated a claim of whole cloth, a complete lie. The prosecutor’s response was invariably the same: Why would the cop lie? 
And indeed, the judge would peer over his spectacles, look down his nose at the defendant and counsel, and admonish them both for their attempt to smear some fine, upstanding defender of truth, honor and law with their scurrilous claims.  Because why would the cop lie?
Read More at Simple Justice


Amelia Earhart: Early Pioneer in the Age of Technology
By Neil Gehrels

In 1928, a year after Lindberg's transatlantic flight, she was asked to join a team with two men with the purpose of her becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic.  They flew that year and she gained fame from the accomplishment.  However, she wasn't satisfied since a man did the flying and she was only a co-pilot.  She later complained that she "was just baggage, like a sack of potatoes".  That was never to happen again.


What it means to be a bridesmaid these days has run amuck. Once upon an ancient to Victorian time, a bridesmaid’s main job was to dress like the bride as a divergence to evil demons who wished to dispel bad luck on the bride (think how Pippa Middleton diverted everyone’s attention). Nowadays, the duties of a bridesmaid are endless. It includes being a shoulder to cry on, party planner, envelope licker, penis paraphernalia collector, moral compass, yes-woman, Mother of the Bride interference runner, 24/7 on-call support, mind reader, errand girl, attention giver and wine supplier at every occasion. And to boot bridesmaids get to buy their boss multiple presents, spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on travel and buy their own work uniform that they will wear once.


By Mona Concepcion
I’ve had a life long battle with my eyebrows. I started shaping them when I was in the seventh grade, before I knew what I was doing and wanted to hack at my body hair so the girls in my class would stop calling me a werewolf. A werewolf! (And where are you now, werewolf-shamers? Reaching high levels on Candy Crush?! If so, can you tell me what I’m doing wrong because I haven’t passed level 200.)





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