Tuesday, January 25, 2011

...no fear.

Around the world in 80 days? How about 72? On this day in 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in as many. 'Nellie Bly' was the pen name of American pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. In addition to her writing, she was also an industrialist and charity worker. What will you do on this day? I can't promise to travel the world, and 'faking' insanity may be a stretch but I can promise that I will do my best and give it my all.

"Go forth a conqueror and win great victories." Virgil