18th Century Explorer Dude Was Actually a Woman Dressed As a Man

In 1766, since women were not allowed on French naval vessels, Jeanne Baret dressed as a teenage boy in order to accompany her manfriend, renowned botanist Philibert Commerson on a voyage. Glynis Ridley, who wrote a biography of Baret, explains: "The captain of the ship actually interrogated her at one point… and she said she was a eunuch." Now, a plant — Solanum baretiae, a distant relative of the tomato and potato — has been named for Baret. Obviously her story would be an amazing movie, so let's think about casting choices! Charlotte Gainsbourg? Virginie Ledoyen? Ludivine Sagnier?

[The Mary Sue, Live Science]