for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.
how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever
pretty sure I’ve reblogged this before but it can happen again
Hypatia (ca. 351–370 AD) was a Greek philosopher and the daughter of Theon of Alexandria, who taught her mathematics. About 400 AD she became head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, where she lectured on the philosophy known as Neoplatonism. This combined Plato’s ideas with a mix of Christian, Jewish, and East Asian influences and emphasized striving for an unreachable ultimate reality. Her edition of Euclid’s Elements, prepared with her father, became the basis for all later versions. Christians deemed her philosophical views pagan - one day, in March 415 AD, during Lent, a mob of Christians led by Peter the Reader, waylaid Hypatia’s chariot as she travelled home.The mob attacked Hypatia, stripped her naked as a form of humiliation, then dragged her through the streets to the recently Christianised Caesareum, where they killed her.
She is considered to be the first woman of any importance in the history of mathematics.