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"I'll Do It Myself" Moments in History

When it comes to a particular scientific breakthrough, or generally trying to prove something can be done, sometimes it comes down to one person putting it all on the line and hammering it out themselves. History is pretty wild, but also this Tumblr thread proves why mundane people are incredibly important to history. Also, here's the very fast story of the first soldier to take way too many military-grade amphetamines.

Stories from history of times someone just did something themselves | pyrangarlit 35.0k points 1 day ago edited 1 day ago John Snow (not one father epidemiology No one believed him Cholera outbreak is now Soho because contaminated water pump. He broke They arrested him vandalism and held him until outbreak suddenly ended
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Courageous Man Who Stood Up Against Evil Honored In Touching Twitter Thread

Just cause everyone thinks something's right doesn't mean that it's not completely messed up. An obvious sentiment that can get dangerously easily lost amidst the madness of the times. This Twitter thread seeks to honor a courageous man in history, Silas Soule, who stood up for the right thing even when it ended up costing him his life. 

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This shot of five photographers (remember when that was a profession that only a few could enter?) on a New York City rooftop in 1920 might be the earliest instance we have of what would be considered a modern selfie. Self-referential meta-photography was born with the selfie itself, apparently, as there's also a shot of the photo being made:

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This ancient 20-sided die is believed to be from Egypt in 304 to 30 B.C.E. Clearly the Egyptians knew a thing or two more about tabletop gaming than we thought!

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Sorry, be back with more posts in a second, I have to stave off these mad Castlevania flashbacks first.