A woman named Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Coch …

Nellie-BlyA woman named Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) was the first to attempt a journey around the world in 80 days inspired by the Jules Verne book. She did it in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes – a world record. She also pretended to be insane to get herself admitted to Blackwell Island (an insane asylum for women) to write an exposé on the horrible conditions there. Her write up was so explosive that it actually led to a reformation of the policies at the asylum and a huge increase in funding for care of the mentally ill.