Concealed in iron helmets, chain mail, and leather cuirasses, Viking re-enactors make a formidable impression, revealing how these ancient raiders stirred such terror in their victims.Photograph by David Guttenfelder, National Geographic.
More than a millennium ago in what’s now south-eastern Sweden, a wealthy Viking warrior was laid to rest, in a resplendent grave filled with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses.
The site reflected the ideal of Viking male warrior life, or so many archaeologists had thought.
New DNA analyses of the bones, however, confirm a revelatory find: the grave belonged to a woman.
The study, published recently in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, sends ripples of surprise through archaeologists’ understanding of the Vikings, medieval seafarers who traded and raided across Europe for centuries.
Swift and deadly, the Vikings dominated the seas of northern Europe from the late eighth century to the 11th century.
It was held up before as kind of the ‘ideal’ Viking male warrior grave,” says Baylor University archaeologist Davide Zori, who wasn’t involved with the research.
“[The new study] goes to the heart of archaeological interpretation: that we’ve always mapped on our idea of what gender roles were.”Viking lore had long hinted that not all warriors were men”.
One early tenth-century Irish text tells of Inghen Ruaidh (“Red Girl”), a female warrior who led a Viking fleet to Ireland.
And Zori notes that numerous Viking sagas, such as the 13th-century Saga of the Volsungs, tell of “shield-maidens” fighting alongside male warriors.
Andrea settling herself for the drive on Slinkin’ Leopard in the Mount Arapiles Rock Formation in Western Victoria. Image Credit: Simon Madden
by Simon Madden
Ten years as a gymnast made Andrea Hah strong and determined. Now, when she puts this kind of determination into rock climbing, she sets records.
From age eight, Andrea Hah trained with the Victorian Institute of Sport, ultimately doing 34 hours of gymnastics a week, only 20 hours of school classes and having supervised weigh-ins twice a day. Then, at just 16, it was all over.
Young ex-gymnasts are often branded as ‘burnt out’. Andrea refers instead to her “retirement” and speaks fondly about the institute’s staff who, knowing the importance of a new focus, helped her apply her skills to a new discipline.
She tried many things: aerial skiing, Cirque du Soleil, hurdling, trampolining, diving, yet none seized the young girl’s attention.
Until rock climbing.
In rock climbing, there is no one to answer to but yourself. There are no coaches’ frowns, no weigh-ins or skin folds.
“The best thing about climbing is that it is self-driven,” Andrea says, “I don’t have anyone to report to if I don’t perform. If I don’t want to train or participate in competitions, I don’t have to.”
Finding your place in the world is difficult and even the most cocksure feel like frauds sometimes.
Andrea would take some time to make this new world her own, but when she finally did, the results were spectacular.
Could you be the most beautiful girl in the world?
The late Prince wondered it and many of us joined him in his pondering, but Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is proving that holding the title “most beautiful girl in the world” is an impossible feat.
There is so much beauty everywhere- in every country across the globe and trying to compare would be a shame. Noroc has been focused on finding this beauty and has backpacked the globe with her camera to document her findings in The Atlas of Beauty.
Noroc has traveled to more than 60 countries and photographed beautiful women in 37 of them.
A pretty genius way to travel the world and have something gorgeous to show for it. Landscape pics get boring, but looking at stunning women never gets old.
Check out more work by Mihaela Noroc on her website.
From Top to Bottom: Kichwa woman in the Amazonian rainforest; Woman from Yangon, Myanmar; Maori woman, New Zealand; Woman from California, U.S.A.; Columbian woman, The Americas.
See more Images via The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer Seeks Out Gorgeous Girls All Over the World.
At the turn of the twentieth century, it was all about Evelyn, Camille, and Irene, the original “Gibson Girls” and the models for the drawings that changed the way America thought about women.
Though the 1890s may seem buttoned up by modern standards, they were anything but. Independent, well-read, and urbane, a new class of woman was emerging in America’s cities.
This “New Woman” did not care to be chaperoned in public. She was athletic and free-spirited. Above all, she was educated, taking advantage of new access to secondary school and college.
Photo: Evelyn Gibson (Getty Images).
She was also scary. By the 1890s, the reform fervor of suffragists and their sisters had ceased to be cute and started to be all too real.
The status quo was being challenged by Progressive politics, new divorce laws, and women who chose to work outside the home.
Charles Dana Gibson, a popular illustrator, looked down on reform zeal in women.
And so he created “the Gibson girl,” a catch-all representation of a kinder, gentler New Woman—one who rode bikes, wore casual clothing, and flaunted her attitude, but was above all beautiful and anonymous.
By the 1910s, to visit Gibson’s office was to push your way through hundreds of gorgeous models with big hair and small waists, each vying for a go as one of Gibson’s girls.
Now read on via The Gibson Girls: The Kardashians of the Early 1900s | Mental Floss.
Greta Garbo, Swedish born American Actress – 1905 to 1990.
Nearly 75 years after she turned her back on the movie industry that made her a superstar, she’s still the pin up girl for premature retirement.
Greta Garbo with Melvyn Douglas in “Two Faced Woman” (1941).
Wanting to be alone was a running theme through her films, so it made sense that, after doing Two-Faced Woman (1941), Garbo walked away from show business.