In 1808, Napoleon, running out of scenic holiday destinations to invade, somehow totally forgot about his neighbor to the south, Spain. So that year he dispatched his troops, kicking off the Peninsular War.
Only 20 years old and working as a barmaid in the town of Valdepenas, Juana Galan was not expecting a surge of French soldiers to come storming through her village. But on June 6, that’s exactly what happened. At that time, most of the men were fighting Napoleon’s forces elsewhere in the nation. Juana, unfazed by things like rifles and Frenchmen and French riflemen, began organizing the women in her village to form a trap for the approaching army.
When the army arrived, Juana and her friends were ready. They dumped boiling water and oil on the French troops, which by all accounts will instantly take the fight out of pretty much anyone. Then Juana, armed with only a batan, beat back the heavily armed French cavalry with her squad of village women, almost none of whom were armed with guns.
The French retreated, giving up on capturing not just Juana’s town but the entire province of La Mancha, leading to ultimate Spanish victory. Today, she is seen in Spain as a national hero, a symbol of resistance, strength, patriotism, feminism and hitting shit with a stick.
“Hitting shit with a stick”, I love this.
A right whale photographed near the Valdes Peninsula, off the coast of Argentina, by Justin Hofman. He used an SLR camera and an underwater video camera, getting as close to the curious, quiet, and shy animals as he could.
Even though the image shows a frightful size comparison, right whales are among the gentlest creatures on Earth and are endangered because of human activities.
420 is so close I can almost taste all the bad jokes I’ll have to weed through
7 People Who Just Got Mauled by Kittens
They can be very brutal.
we will murder you with love and fluff.
foxes are the most important animals on earth
im going to keep reblogging this until it isn’t cute anymore
This is what the NYT article should have been. I am 100% behind what the article is saying and pushing for.
i need feminism because when jesus does a magic trick it’s a goddamn miracle but when a woman does a magic trick she gets burned at the stake
i mean they did also kill jesus. that was a pretty significant thing that happened. like i understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did kill jesus.