Playing Cards Pay Homage to Groundbreaking Women in History

Earlier this week, Donald Trump told a group of supporters: “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

In reply, Clinton told her supporters: “Mr. Trump accused me of playing the ‘woman card.’ Well, if fighting for women’s health care, and paid family leave, is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

Later that night, Every Voice communications director Adam Smith tweeted this question:

… which was then spotted by Iowa City-based siblings Zach and Zebby Wahls. They took that idea and launched a Kickstarter for "The Woman Card[s]," a set of playing cards featuring pioneering women. It was funded in less than five hours, and has now raised nearly $20,000 (its original goal was $5000) with 31 days to go (at the time of writing). The internet moves fast, huh?

The cards are sketched by Zebby, who is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa. The first sketch was of course, Clinton (the ace in the deck), followed by the queen, Beyonce. While all the figures have yet to be drawn, the full deck has been selected and includes figures like Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the king, along with Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and more.

While the idea is a fun take on politics, the Wahls write on their Kickstarter page that it “isn't just a novelty,” but a way to honor the achievements of female trailblazers in a variety of fields.

While the project is not affiliated with the Clinton campaign, the siblings are supporters of the candidate and a portion of the profit will go to support Hillary for America. The Wahls wrote that Clinton’s people told them that they have something similar in development, so bone up on your favorite two-deck card game and get reading to draw a hand of awesome women from history.

The Woman Card[s] will likely be shipped starting in early July (plenty of time before the big election) and you can check them out here.

[h/t Zach Wahls on Twitter]

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How Accurate are Hollywood Medical Dramas? A Doctor Breaks It Down
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Medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy get a lot of things wrong when it comes to the procedures shown on the screen, but unless you're a doctor, you'd probably never notice.

For its latest installment, WIRED's Technique Critique video series—which previously blessed us with a dialect coach's critique of actors' onscreen accents—tackled the accuracy of medical scenes in movies and TV, bringing in Annie Onishi, a general surgery resident at Columbia University, to comment on emergency room and operating scenes from Pulp Fiction, House, Scrubs, and more.

While Onishi breaks down just how inaccurate these shows and movies can be, she makes it clear that Hollywood doesn't always get it wrong. Some shows, including Showtime's historical drama The Knick, garner praise from Onishi for being true-to-life with their medical jargon and operations. And when doctors discuss what music to play during surgery on Scrubs? That's "a tale as old as time in the O.R.," according to Onishi.

Other tropes are very obviously ridiculous, like slapping a patient during CPR and telling them to fight, which we see in a scene from The Abyss. "Rule number one of CPR is: never stop effective chest compressions in order to slap or yell words of encouragement at the patient," Onishi says. "Yelling at a patient or cheering them on has never brought them back to life." And obviously, taking selfies in the operating room in the middle of a grisly operation like the doctors on Grey's Anatomy do would get you fired in real life.

There are plenty of cliché words and phrases we hear over and over on doctor shows, and some are more accurate than others. Asking about a patient's vitals is authentic, according to Onishi, who says it's something doctors are always concerned with. However, yelling "We're losing him!" is simply for added TV drama. "I have never once heard that in my real life," Onishi says.

[h/t WIRED]

#RateaSpecies? Zoos Share Amazon-Style Reviews of Animals on Twitter

The online rating system popularized by sites like Amazon and Yelp has finally reached the animal kingdom. As Earther reports, zoos, aquariums, and science museums are taking to Twitter to review fuzzy, scaly, and feathery specimens with the hashtag #rateaspecies.

The official Twitter account of the Oregon Zoo kicked off the trend on March 9 by tweeting out a picture of a river otter with a four-star review. "Overall very good first impressions," the tweet reads. "Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me." Shervin Hess, who runs digital media at the zoo, told Earther he got the idea from an Amazon review he read that described hiking boots in a similar way.

He followed the tweet with reviews of other animals, each one receiving a four-star rating (Hess says he wouldn't consider giving an animal anything less). Soon other institutions on Twitter started jumping on the hashtag.

"High-quality squeak system, thrives in rocky situations," the Yosemite Conservancy wrote of the pika. It earned four stars despite being "maybe TOO cute" and a "potential pun hazard."

Check out more of the top-rated species below.

[h/t Earther]


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