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By Lily Gu
The Civil War is inarguably full of badasses.
From generals like Ulysses S. Grant to spies and medics like Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton, they’re spread out all over the battlefields, like coffee cups in a college library during Finals Week.
With all these candidates, it’s hard to say any one of them is the bravest or most accomplished.
But this isn’t about any quantifiable accomplishment.
It’s about fancy battle shenanigans that would look awesome if they were adapted into a movie (which they were).
It’s about explosions and bloodshed and battle-lust and glory.
Which brings us to our biggest badass of American history: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
This dude was a college professor from Maine who heard there was a war going on, so he saddled up and volunteered to join the Union army.
Said Union army was only too happy to get him, and made him lieutenant colonel, which is a phrase that usually refers to people who’ve had at least some experience with military strategy, with the exception of our man Joshua.
Luckily, Chamberlain was a fast learner, and after scanning every military work he could get his hands on and going through a steeper-than-Everest learning curve, he was all set to be second-in-command of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Fast-forward to the Battle of Gettysburg.
While the Union forces were suffering setbacks, Confederate soldiers attacked their left flank.
The 20th Maine happened to be at the far left, next to a small hill called, appropriately, Little Round Top.
They hold position, and after a period of harsh fighting, Chamberlain orders a bayonet charge on the Confederates.
They run down the hill, the entire line swinging nonstop, until finally Chamberlain gets to the guy leading the assault.
He orders the Confederate officer to surrender, and the officer whips out a pistol and shoots him in the face.
And actually misses, but Chamberlain doesn’t even flinch, just puts his sword to the guy’s throat until he gets an official surrender.
They take 101 Confederate soldiers prisoner.
Chamberlain gets a Medal of Honor for this, and goes on to top that at Petersburg.
And that’s saying a lot considering that he probably saved the Union from defeat at Gettysburg and therefore the country from splitting in two.
Unfortunately, there’s no Medal of Superhonor, but if there was, he’d totally have earned it.
If you imagine a storm with bullets instead of raindrops, that might look something like Petersburg – Chamberlain’s directing the action, the bullets are flying, and all of a sudden a Confederate bullet tears through his side, crushing his hipbones and ripping into his bladder and urethra.
So Chamberlain’s suffered what’s basically a mortal wound, by the standards back then (and also, probably, by our standards, just from the sheer pain factor).
Surprisingly, his first thought isn’t “oh, jeez, I’m gonna die,” but, rather, “dying right now would be bad for morale, so I’m just gonna walk it off.”
Which he does.
He uses his saber as a crutch to stay upright, while blood is POURING from his vitals, and continues to direct the assault.
He holds himself up by spit and stamina until he can’t anymore, and he collapses, and when the surgeons get to the field he yells at them to go and save his men instead.
Now that’s badassery.
But, of course, the surgeons don’t take orders from commanding officers, so they go ahead and treat his wounds anyway.
He survives, continues to survive for a bunch of other battles, literally getting his horse shot out from under him a few times, and goes on to preside over the surrender at Appomattox.
Proving that he’s a gallant winner as well as a badass, he orders his men to stand at attention and carry arms in a show of respect for their defeated countrymen.
A general would later call him “one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army.”
Now here’s the part where it gets gross.
The Wikipedia article states that he suffered from complications due to his wounds in the Battle of Petersburg, but that doesn’t even begin to describe how much it just. Sucked.
To get shot in the Civil War era and have to live with a hole in your bladder burning like the fires of hell for decades.
He had to wear a Civil War era catheter, which was like a modern-day catheter except ten times worse.
Because sanitation at the time was not exactly the greatest, his wounds got infected, and left him in what he described as “unspeakable agony” for almost fifty years.
Still, he kept going, running for governor of Maine and getting elected with the support of the Republican Party – this was back when the Republicans were the guys up north – giving speeches at soldiers’ reunions, and even helping to found the Maine Institution for the Blind.
His later years lacked the glory and excitement of his battlefield, but were at least as commendable, if not more so.
At 85, in 1914, he died as he lived – a major badass.
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Tonight we bring onto you one of the best videos we could find on the Internet right now.
Ye will soon thank us for this glorious bounty.
But first, let’s set the stage.
Opal Covey is a 75-year-old Toledo resident who has become a fixture in the northwestern Ohio community. (Opal Covey also sounds like a law firm that specializes in a sad sort of construction law.)
Oh course she’s a fixture because she is constantly talking about why she believes that God told her that she will be mayor one day.
“In 2000, the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘you’re going to be mayor’,” Covey told NBC 24. “So, I know I have to keep on running until that happens.”
Covey has run for mayor of the city four times before, but has never garnered more than 400 votes.
In her 2015 campaign, Covey decided to stop by local radio station, 1370 WSPD. After an interview, host Fred LeFebvre and Covey had quite the conversation in a hallway at the station. Luckily for us all, it was recorded.
Things start to go downhill around the 1:00 mark of the video after LeFebvre calls Covey a “false prophet” for not winning elect before.
We’d hate to spoil the rest.
Watch: Candidate For Toledo Mayor Speaks In Tongues
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By Kelsey D’Auben
This past Saturday night millions of Americans tuned into the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s 41st season with host Amy Schumer, whose performance included a number of hilarious sketches such as “Porn Teacher,” “Hands Free Selfie Stick,” and an opening monologue where she showcased her roots in stand-up comedy.
Schumer was made an overnight sensation this past summer with the premier of Trainwreck, a film she wrote and starred in. She also won an Emmy award for the third season of her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer.
While hosting on SNL, she also promoted her upcoming HBO special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, which will be available Saturday. It’s safe to say that just over the past few months Schumer has risen up to the top of the comedic world and has become one of the biggest names in comedy today.
For most of history, men have run the comedy scene. From the early days of Charlie Chaplin, to Monty Python in the 70’s, and even into the early 2000s when Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell dominated the genre.
But recently things seem to be changing.
Schumer, along with others such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, or any of the very female heavy cast of Saturday Night Live are just a few of the big names you think of when you talk about comedy today. All of these women are constantly gaining success and popularity, especially among the newer and younger audiences of today.
These women have the numbers to back their success too. Some of the most popular comedies at the box office this summer were films featuring female leads. Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer grossed over $130 million, Spy starring Melissa McCarthy over $236 million, and the all female cast of Pitch Perfect earned a whooping $285 million at the box office.
“To a degree, everyone’s going to be offended by something, so you can’t just decide on your material based on not offending anyone”- Sarah Silverman
While on the other end, some comedies with a male lead were not nearly as successful at the box office, including an under whelming performance by the Ed Helms helmed flick- Vacation and Ted 2, a macho soaked comedy about a talking bear.
Female comedies have also been popular with critics. Trainwreck scored an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Spy a very impressive 93%. Meanwhile, Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, was expected to be a huge hit only scored a 29% on the popular movie rating website.
So why is it that this type of female driven comedy has gained so much popularity over the past few years? It could well be because comedy is now being aimed at a younger, more socially aware audience. Previous generations were much less conscious of political correctness so comedians of the time felt much less inclined to avoid offensive material, and most of these comics were men.
But this is not the case today. Younger audiences now are much more sensitized and much less comfortable with hearing offensive jokes. They just don’t find it funny anymore. Some older comedians, like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock who were very popular in the 90’s, have even gone so far as to say that they will no longer perform at college campuses because the audiences are “too politically correct.”
However, this old school way of thinking isn’t as popular amongst female comics. Sarah Silverman, whose career also began in the early 90’s and was known for being edgy and not-so-politically correct, has spoken out against comedians like Seinfeld and Rock who believe political correctness is ruining comedy.
“To a degree, everyone’s going to be offended by something, so you can’t just decide on your material based on not offending anyone,” Silverman said in a recent interview. “But, I do think it’s important, as a comedian, as a human, to change with the times. To change with new information.”
Because female comics have only started to be taken seriously within the past few years their style tends to be more progressive and more politically correct to accommodate to the taste of today’s audiences. They are reaching out towards younger demographics that the older male comics just don’t understand. Not only does this progressive female comedy make them more popular amongst younger crowds, but they are also generally more accepted by minorities and other diverse groups because their type of comedy is less likely to exclude people by making them the butt of a joke.
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