History BadassBookworm / RealLife

1st Nov '15 7:22:44 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Herpetologist Karl P. Schmidt, bitten by an African boomslang snake in the process of identifying it. Realizing that no antivenin for the boomslang's bite existed in North America, and thus how utterly buggered he was, he quietly misinformed his assistant that he believed the snake could not deliver a lethal dose of venom and went home at the end of his work day. The following day he got up, ate a large breakfast, went to work, and [[FaceDeathWithDignity died just after lunchtime]].
26th Oct '15 4:34:33 PM Epicazeroth
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** During WWII, Ayer was an agent for both the SOE and MI6.
21st Oct '15 8:13:09 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Peabody Award-winning news anchor Creator/AndersonCooper graduated from Yale with a degree in political science, interned with the ''CIA'', and is a bestselling author. He also got his start as a journalist by having a friend fake him a press pass and borrowing a home video camera, then ''sneaking into Myanmar'' to cover the ongoing civil unrest. He has since reported from every major war and disaster zone of the past two decades, including Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Iraq at the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami aftermath of Sri Lanka, the earthquake in the Philippines, Egypt at the height of the Arab Spring, Libya, the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, and live on-the-ground during the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He's reported with bombs going off behind him, got punched in the face (repeatedly) in Cairo, was nearly decapitated by a flying street sign during a hurricane, contracted malaria in Africa, and spends a terrifying amount of time wearing a bulletproof vest. IntrepidReporter, thy name is Anderson Cooper.
16th Aug '15 9:39:07 AM Kalmbach
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time.
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, whose {{Badass}} deeds are already [[MemeticMutation the stuff of legend]], read a whole book every day of his Presidency, as many as three if he had some spare time. He also wrote a few, including at least one that became required reading at the United States Naval Academy, and negotiated a treaty to end the RussoJapaneseWar, earning himself a Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
15th Aug '15 5:16:01 PM Prfnoff
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* Action star Dolph Lundgren has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, can speak in five languages, and reportedly has an IQ of 160.
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* Action star Dolph Lundgren Creator/DolphLundgren has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, can speak in five languages, and reportedly has an IQ of 160.160. * Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers, was an accomplished poet and translator; it is said the first book printed in England was his translation of the French work ''The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers.'' He was also a Knight of the Garter, a talented commander, and was a Lancastrian who managed to survive [[CurbstompBattle Towton]].
24th Jun '15 11:20:20 AM Jihonson
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* Dolph Lundgren has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, but is better known as an action movie star.
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* Action star Dolph Lundgren has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, but is better known as can speak in five languages, and reportedly has an action movie star.IQ of 160.
21st Jun '15 4:47:24 AM LENZ5369
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Removed filler text...like saying having a drama degree makes on a 'book worm'...
* Contrary to popular [[DumbJock belief]], there are a number of intelligent football players. For instance, there's current [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Indianapolis Colts quarterback]] Andrew Luck, who has a degree in architecture from Stanford. Perhaps most revealingly, supposed "thug" Richard Sherman (notoriously dirty and politically controversial cornerback on the Superbowl-winning 2013 Seattle Seahawks) has a Master's in Communications (incidentally, also from Stanford; his and Luck's time even overlapped). ** Sadly, plenty of people are willing to label black people thugs in general.

* The majority of people who work for the FBI, CIA, or any intelligence agency in the world. Not only do you have to have above average intelligence to even qualify to work for them, but after you become accepted into the job you have to go through rigorous physical training every month, or even every week to keep yourself in shape. Operatives especially have to keep themselves and their bodies well-built and muscular, seeing as how they often put themselves in harms way all the damn time. ** This also holds true for many special operations units. While they do have to be in incredible physical condition, their training is frequently described as being primarily a mental test - which makes sense, given the huge breadth of skills each man has to master. Every soldier in the US Army Special Forces (the Green Berets), for instance, has to master at least one foreign language just to get the job in the first place, to say nothing of learning advanced emergency medicine or applied chemistry & physics. ** The Military Channel series ''Surviving the Cut'', which looks at the selection process for elite American military units demonstrates this. The Special Forces episode showed that one of the toughest challenges faced by the candidates wasn't hauling a 440 pound barrel several miles: it was ''designing'' the jury-rigged cart they'd use to haul it.

* Creator/BruceLee was not a just a master martial artist, he was also a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in drama and wrote books about the philosophy of martial arts. He was also a pioneer in fitness and nutrition, which were not quite exact sciences in the 1960s. According to TheOtherWiki, he also wrote poetry.
21st Jun '15 4:35:23 AM LENZ5369
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* Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a wonkish bookworm Fulbright scholar with a master's degree from [[IvyLeague Cornell University]]. She's also married to an equally Badass Bookworm astronaut and test pilot who has flown in combat, and she enjoys [[WrenchWench fixing her own cars]], [[BikerBabe riding and racing motorcycles]], and taking part in a little roller derby now and then. Oh, yeah, she also survived a [[TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain bullet to the brain]] in an assassination attempt and is making what doctors have called a [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow remarkable and miraculous recovery]]. Though many patients describe rehab as the hardest thing they've ever done, Giffords decided her rehab regimen was "too wimpy" and designed a more rigorous plan. Unfortunately, Congresswoman Giffords has been unable to return to work and has had to resign her seat in Congress, but that doesn't make her and her amazing feat of recovery any less badass. It just makes her human.
21st Jun '15 4:01:25 AM LENZ5369
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* Annmaria Rousey Demars. Ph.D.'s in both engineering and statistics. Barely over five feet tall. Judo gold medals. And she's obviously a great teacher too: her daughter Rhonda Rousey won a gold in judo at the Beijing Olympics. Do NOT mess with this family!
18th Jun '15 10:03:18 PM Hemma
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Dolph Lundgren
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* Dolph Lundgren has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering, but is better known as an action movie star.
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