On This Day: In 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space on the space shuttle Challenger. She went on to become President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, an organization that works to create fun science programs and publications for kids in grades 3 – 8 (with a particular focus on girls).

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  1. Profile photo of mrmisconception
    June 18, 2012 at 11:58 am —


    • Profile photo of marilove
      June 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm —

      omg lol

      • Profile photo of mrmisconception
        June 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm —

        Pod F. Thomcast fan?

        • Profile photo of davew
          June 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm —

          Definitely! I started listening to the Great Undiscovered Project in the middle. It was the most bizarre thing I had ever heard yet I could not stop. Since then I’ve gone back to the beginning and it makes slightly more sense.

          BTW his new DVD “Laboring Under Delusions” is also excellent. I’m not sure my wife enjoyed it as much as I did though.

          • Profile photo of mrmisconception
            June 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

            He’s quite dry and not for everyone but I find him hilarious.

  2. Profile photo of Buzz Parsec
    June 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm —

    Haven’t had time to read all the links yet (I do have to work sometime, and I’ve been busy ranting about Psychology Today), nut there seems to be something a bout June…

    June 16, 1963: Valentina Tereshvoka
    June 18, 1983: Sally Ride
    June 16, 2012: Liu Yang

    Numerology or Astrology, anyone? Or selection bias, data mining, Texas sharpshooter fallacy?

    • Profile photo of Mary
      June 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm —

      I noticed that too. There’s even a cake for the Russian woman!

  3. Profile photo of scribe999
    June 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm —

    Dasmine Cathey’s story is quite complex and goes deeper than most of those heart-string-tugging, ESPN-style biographies found in sports journalism. Also:

    U. of Memphis to Revisit Athlete Admissions Policies in Response to Article


    • Profile photo of Mary
      June 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm —

      Thanks for the followup link. Yeah, I was really touched by his situation, there was no easy solution for him.

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