Hello, I'm Lauren Lapkus,
and today we're gonna discuss
the Wright brothers
and the Wright sister.
Am I right?
- Okay, so everyone'sreally familiar
with the Wright brothers.
Everyone knows about their planes
and their whole thing, but they didn't know
that there's a younger sister, Katharine.
So basically, our story begins in 1874
in Dayton, Ohio,
and basically she and Orville and Wilbur
were, like best friends, and they'd do, like,
all kinds of old-timey activities
that were fun for people then.
Like, they would collect bones
and sell them to fertilizing plants.
- Classic thing to do.
- You know, classic,like bone collecting.
And they made a pact together
that they were nevergonna get married.
Like, the brothers were like, let's not get married.
Why don't we all just, like, be together?
We'll just be, like, a unit. And Katharine's like,
maybe I'll meet someone I actually like.
Like, you guys are my brothers, and I don't really feel
like that about you guys, and I don't think I should
feel like that about you guys. And they're like,
no, no, no, no, no. Let's just stick together
and be, like, a thing.
And she's like, fine, I guess.
And then basically, like,the brothers
started getting reallyinto the idea of manned flight,
and so they're like--like, I don't care about school.
I want to work on my planes. And he's like,
I want to work on my planes too.
I want to work on planes with you.
I love you. And Katharine was like,
I believe in you.
And they didn't graduate high school.
They were just really focused on the whole plane situation,
so meanwhile, Katharine graduated
from Oberlin College in 1898,
so she was very, like, smart and successful
in her own "Wright."
- Oh, man.- I didn't want to do that,
but I had to.- Okay.
So when she graduates from college,
Orville's like, I have a present for you.
It's a diamond ring.
And she's like, okay.
Are you proposing to me, or what is it?
He's like, no, it's like a brother-sister thing.
Like, it's just, like, a ring. Like, it'll just--
it'll just be like-- it's like our pact.
And she's like, okay, that's kind of weird,
but I guess I'll wear it
until I meet someone.
He's like, no, you'll never meet anyone.
She's like, I might meet someone.
He's like, you won't meet anyone.
Oh, I just spilledall over the couch and myself.
- That's okay.- Okay.
- Moving right along.
So in 1901,
Orville and Wilbur build the Wright glider,
and they go to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina,
and they're like, we're gonna fly the first plane ever.
But then it goes really horribly.
It, like, falls apart, and it was a complete disaster,
and basically they had a horrible time.
So basically they're just like, forget this.
Like, this is a nightmare.
Like, I'm never gonna be good at this.
Not within a thousand years
will man ever fly a plane.
And Katharine's like, you guys got to believe in yourselves.
No one's ever done this.
Why would you think it would work perfectly
the first time? You have to try again,
and also let me help you,
because I'm smarter than both of you.
And so they got reinvigorated,
and basically they decided
they were gonnafly planes again, because--
- You have to drink every timeyou say "basically."
So their family had, like, a bicycle shop,
and so, like, they were working in this shop,
trying out all these different ways
to make planes.
And Katharine's like, let's look at research
from other people who've done this before.
You guys aren't--you're just making it up at this point.
And so she's, like,translating from German
and all these languages, and she's like,
this says you need to fly like this.
You have to go and make the wings, like, bigger.
Make the wings, like, taller, and--
and go and believe in it more and all this stuff.
And they created a whole new plane together.
And so basically--
- Uh, you got to drink.
Basically.- Oh, shit.
Okay, so December 17, 1903,
they try it again at Kitty Hawk,
and Orville Wright fow--fowered--
[laughing]Powered the first flight.
20 feet above the ground,
and it's epic,
and I don't like the word "epic,"
but I have said it here because it's accurate.
It's a really big deal,
and they have, like, 700 successful flights.
They're up, and the they're down.
They're all over the place.
So, like, Katharine fliesin the plane
for the first time ever,
and she was like,
I feel like a bird,
and birds are so happy,
and birds sing because they're happy.
So Wilbur's like, we couldn't have done it without you.
I love you.
So then, years later,
Katharine is like, all right, [bleep] this.
I'm getting married. I'm 52.
I might as well get married at this point.
I feel like the pact is over.
Meanwhile, Orville's like,
no, the pact's not done. I hate you.
I'm not gonna speak to you ever again,
and she's like, whatever. I have this dude now,
and I don't really care if you don't talk to me anymore.
And they, like, make out in front of Orville.
It's really rude.
It's so dumb.
- It's really rude. - It's so rude.
Orville's like, damn, this blows.
We all have knownabout Orville and Wilbur
for as long aswe all have lived,
but if they didn'thave Katharine,
they wouldn't have hadthe belief in themselves.
They wouldn't have confidence,and they wouldn't have had
the ability to translate things to know what--
how things really work.
There's always someone else behind the scenes
who's helping people.
No, I bet that's not true.I take it back.
But sometimes there is.
- You got that right.
- You got that right.
- You got the right one,baby, uh-huh.