Monthly Archive: July 2013

Tiny Songbirds Devour Bats

Chickadees, known as “tits” in Europe, are some of the best-loved garden songbirds and feeder visitors. However, roving bands of one colorful little bird vie with raptors for the title of most bizarre and bloodthirsty killer. How? Only by massacring roosting pipistrelle bats for extra protein in Europe’s dark forests.

Gertrude Lythgoe: Female Rum-Runner

During the Prohibition Era (1920-1933) in the United States, the import, sale, and consumption of alcohol was forbidden by law. Seemingly overnight, organized crime and bootlegging enterprises rose to meet the public’s demand for booze. One legendary rum-runner was Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe, known as the Queen of the Bahamas.

The First Transgender Woman: 1930

In 1930, Lili Elbe became the first person in the world to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. Born Einar Mogens Wegener in 1882, she became biologically female at a time when the term “transgender” hadn’t even been invented. Unfortunately, the pioneering operation would eventually prove fatal.