#25. Gregory Pincus

“After the condom came the pill — and blessed be the pill! Perhaps some future historian will hail it as our century’s greatest contribution to happiness.”–Paul Blanshard, 1973 A funny thing happened to the world population in the nineteenth century. It doubled. After taking all of humanity’s existence to reach one billion people in the early 1800s, the population closed… Read More #25. Gregory Pincus

Five Interesting Things about the Declaration of Independence You Might Not Have Known But Now Will

Tomorrow marks 241 years to the day since 56 Americans founded a new country by writing and signing the Declaration of Independence. Or does it? Here are five interesting things you might not have known about the Declaration of Independence. 1. Though 56 men signed it, it was mostly drafted by five men, with one… Read More Five Interesting Things about the Declaration of Independence You Might Not Have Known But Now Will

Trump, Caesar, and Shakespeare Walk into a …

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” -Julius Caesar, Bellum Civile Far be it for me to to disagree with ancient Rome’s most famous figure, but it seems that these days experience teaches very little.[1] Wednesday’s attack on the Republicans’ Congressional baseball practice left Congressman Steve Scalise badly wounded and Congress, like the rest of us,… Read More Trump, Caesar, and Shakespeare Walk into a …

#27. Joan of Arc

“Then occurred a miracle, or the nearest thing to an attested miracle in recorded history.” –Historian Morris Bishop on the story of Joan of Arc She is the smallest person on this list, and she died the youngest. With no formal education or military experience, this teenage peasant turned the tide of a war that… Read More #27. Joan of Arc