Who Puts the GLAD in Gladiator?

Image result for HerculesOne of the most common stereotypes that constantly shows up throughout movies, books, and other forms of medium is the dumb jock. The dumb jock is typically both attractive and athletic but never smart. One example is Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls; Cady Heron, the main character and new girl, pretends to be bad at math, so her crush can spend time with her to help her. However, Cady notes that while helping her, Aaron consistently messes up, so she has to drop hints for him to get to the right answer. We have all seen this type of character, whether it be in a book, movie, or in other popular culture references.

However, what most people don’t know is that the dumb jock stereotype originates from Heracles. Heracles, although abnormally strong, hated sitting and learning. Because of his irrational temper, this led to young Hercules striking, and killing, his music teacher, Linus, with a lyre. After this incident, Hercules focused on using his physical strength to develop mental strength. However, by our standards today, Hercules, in no way, was a smart man.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Today, Atlas Air Wolrdwide Holdings’ stock went down an estimated 1% (Google). What is Atlas Air? Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a cargo airlines that does a variety of things; it leases aircrafts (Boeing 747 freighters), provides expertise to companies that don’t have the people nor experience to fly, and has a training center for the US Air Force! There is one associated airline with Atlas Air: Titan Aviation. Both, Atlas Air and Titan Aviation, are owned by Atlas Air Worldwide. The company went bankrupt at one point, but now the it’s doing alright. Atlas Air and Titan Holding’s logos are a man carrying the world on his shoulders. Does that remind you of any myth? In Greek/Roman mythology¹, the titan Atlas had the burden of holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. The only way he could pass his burden onto someone else is if they took the burden willingly. The airlines was named after this mythological character.

¹ Greek and Roman mythology are largely the same; they use different names but the stories are quite similar.