Naughty Nurse Postcards, and More

The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical ProfessionalSmithsonian Magazine

“As if it wasn’t already governed by contemporary gender roles, nursing became entrenched as a distinctly female profession in the 1920s and 1930s. Male doctors drew strong lines between nursing and medicine, and this pervaded popular culture. “Female stars of stage and screen played nurses, while men are courageous soldiers and handsome doctors,” notes Hallam.”

Watch 10,000 League of Legends Games in 30 SecondsThe New York Times

“Selecting from a pool of more than a hundred heroes with diverse skills, players wage pyrotechnic war as knights, robots and ninjas. At peak hours, up to eight million people are fighting to raise their rankings. Global competition is intense and, over time, specialized roles have evolved as millions of players collectively find optimal strategies.”

What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for JapanThe Atlantic

“What they concluded is that one of the bullet train’s key benefits to companies is its ability to unite firms and suppliers. In Japan, the median distance between a firm and its supplier or customer is about 20 miles, and usually, only the most profitable companies can afford to invest in scouting out suppliers across the country. Fast trains can level out that advantage, allowing even small firms to make deals with faraway suppliers and still be assured of quality. In other words, it might be the difference, at least for a Japanese food company, between sourcing eel from Tokyo’s enormous Tsukiji fish market and getting it from the smaller town of Hamamatsu, where it’s a local specialty.”

The last craftsman’s search for a successorALTO Magazine

“Osami Mizuike is the last of his kind. He’s the sole craftsman in the world who hand-makes traditional Japanese scissors called nigiri basami. The 70-year-old Mizuike from Ono, Japan, has been creating these tools since he was 15. There were once hundreds of craftspeople like him making these pieces. Now he’s the last remaining – and he’s looking for a successor.”

Breaking 43 Years of Silence, the Last FBI Burglar Tells the Story of Her Years in the UndergroundThe Nation

“It was clear to Judi Feingold what she should do after she and seven other people broke into an FBI office near Philadelphia in 1971, removed every file and then anonymously distributed them to two members of Congress and three journalists: Get out of town.”

The Secret Life of Max SternThe Walrus

“Max Stern’s career as a Canadian art dealer began in the unlikeliest of places: a prison camp. He had escaped Düsseldorf for London in 1937, but in May 1940, when Hitler’s push across the English Channel seemed increasingly likely, Scotland Yard rounded up more than 2,000 German and Austrian citizens, mostly Jews, and incarcerated them as enemy aliens. Stern was sent to an internment camp on the Isle of Man.”

The fatal attraction of leadBBC

“For millennia lead has held a deep attraction for painters, builders, chemists and winemakers – but it’s done untold harm, especially to children. And while it’s no longer found in petrol, you’ve still got several kilograms of it in your car.”

Photo courtesy of Chris Wieland.

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