This lovely lady is the brave and pioneering investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Bly (born Elizabeth Cochran) began her career in journalism in the late nineteenth century by adopting a pen name and launching into a new kind of investigative journalism in which she championed the poor and disenfranchised. Defying sexism and poor opportunities for young women at every turn, Bly gained fame and recognition by her distinctly empathetic and critical writing style and her willingness to undergo intense undercover investigations in order to expose corruption and its effects on the nation’s underprivileged. Her biggest story was her first assignment for Joe Pulitzer’s the “New York World”, where she posed as a mad woman in a mental asylum in order to expose the horrendous conditions and cruelty the inmates suffered. As if her continued, life-long career of advocacy wasn’t enough, this incredible woman embarked on a world trip in 1889, in order to beat the record set by Jules verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, which she finally did, arriving back in New York City after 72 days. You wish you were this cool.

Or at least the brooding music of my dreams, which I believe I have mentioned a few (too many?) times before.


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Russian piano badass, composer extraordinaire, and brooding man of your dreams.


Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) was the first leader and founder of Girl Scouts. Juliette was also a very talented artist, and created many paintings and sculptures throughout her life. She founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912.

On returning to America in 1912, Juliette placed her historic telephone call to her cousin, Nina Anderson Pape: ‘Come right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!’” – Wikipedia

Now THAT is a love story!


Captain Robert Heriot Barclay fought valiantly with Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, before losing his left arm in another engagement in 1809. This didn’t stop his naval career though. He went on to lead the British fleet on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812.

His greatest claim to fame was his loss at the Battle of Lake Erie to Captain Oliver Hazard Perry. But he lost valiantly, even becoming friends with Perry afterwards. Most importantly, in the conflict he lost a leg and sustained enough nerve damage in his right arm to render it useless.

He wrote to his fiancée after the battle, attempting to break their engagement for her sake because of his injuries. She wrote back that if he had enough of his body to house his soul, she would still take him.