My Humps, My Humps: The Short But Spectacular Life of the U.S. Camel Corps

In 1854, it was time for a big idea – a big hump of an idea. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (yes, that Jefferson Davis) went to Congress to pitch a novel concept that had caught his ear years before. President Pierce and Congress were skeptical, but he left with $30,000 to bring a fleet of camels to the United States for military use.

Squad Goals: Henriette DeLille and Sisters of the Holy Family

Over the last two years we’ve added several impressive ladies to our squad: Qiu Jin, Juliette Gordon Low, Canada’s Famous Five, and the “lady killers” of the game of bridge, Fritzi and Rixi, also known as Frisky and Bitchy. But we have a special place reserved, of course, for sisters. Today we’re honoring a different kind of sisterhood – that of the 175-year old,African-American Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tell him, bird, bye

In 1914, over 100 years ago, the final passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. All attempts to breed them in captivity  failed. Martha suffered from a palsy that made her tremble and had never laid a fertile egg. The passenger pigeon was extinct, thanks entirely to mankind.

How did this happen?