Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, was an American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, and an experiment in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. (Thats the one that got our attention). She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. Bly was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker. When Bly was first approached with this opportunity she wasn’t quite sure if she had what it took to pass as mentally ill, but she later found is wasn’t so hard to submerse herself in the world of insanity, and what she found changed the world of psychiatric care forever.