She asked her sister to decapitate her to prevent her from becoming a trophy to the enemies

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Ishi-jo wielding a naginata, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Onna-bugeisha


Women had to be prepared to put up a smiling face in front of two hundred people watching their labor

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Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)


Do we share about 4% of our DNA with Neanderthals?

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Le Moustier by Charles R. Knight, 1920. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)


She played a substantial role in the establishment of the modern nation of Iraq.

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Gertrude Bell in 1909, visiting archaeological excavations in Babylon. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)


Russia’s longest-ruling female leader had numerous secrets

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Portrait of Catherine II in front of a Mirror. Image Source: The Hermitage Museum

Her name was not Catherine and she was not a Russian


The opponent had the last laugh (or bite)

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Sigurd. The Viking king. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sigurd the Mighty


Art

Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.

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The Temptation of Anthony. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2011

Surrealism


The aspiring actress found on the side-walk, sawed in half.

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Black Dahlia. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

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