The Wright Stuff

The Wright brothers got off the ground thanks to their way smarter sister.

We all know the story of how Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the first successful airplane. But not everyone knows that they had a brilliant younger sister, Katharine Wright, who basically saved their asses, or that their relationship with her was — how to put this? — gross. Gross and weird.

The Wright siblings grew up in a fairly normal home (give or take their bone-gathering hobby and some creepy group-marriage vibes). But, as drunk historian Lauren Lapkus points out, Katharine proved herself when her brothers couldn’t get their plane to work. Thanks to her persistence — not to mention her fluency in German — the guys went down in history as aviation pioneers.

And sure, there was still some jealousy on Orville’s part when Katharine finally got married. But hey, that’s family for you.