Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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Between the war years of 1942 and 1944, trains carried 98 percent of military personnel and over 90 percent of freight for the military. These incredible photos show how women in America helped keep the railroads running smoothly and keep this vital part of the war effort. By the end of the war, there were approximately 116,000 women working on railroads across the United States. The photographs were taken in April 1943 by Office of War Information photographer Jack Delano, who captured the women of the Chicago and North Western Railroad Roundhouse in Clinton, Iowa, as they cleaned, lubricated, maintained, and fixed trains Hawking locomotives .