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Morse Code

Morse code has been in use for more than 160 years — longer than any other electronic encoding system

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt

C. Lloyd Morgan

Lloyd Morgan's Canon is both the most quoted and the most misrepresented statement in the history of comparative psychology

David

David means "beloved" in Hebrew

Arapaho

The Arapaho fought in the Indian Wars alongside the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne in the northern plains and together with the Southern Cheyenne were victims of the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado

Constantinople

In the Middle Ages, Constantinople was the richest European city and was known as the "Queen of Cities"

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is famous for its massive stone sculptures known as "moai"

Micronesia

Micronesia is one of three major cultural areas in the Pacific Ocean, the other two being Melanesia and Polynesia

Elf

The earliest preserved description of elves comes from Norse mythology

Ansgar

Saint Ansgar is known as "Apostle to the North" for his efforts in bringing Christianity to Scandinavia

Darjeeling

Tourism and the tea industry constitute the two most significant contributors to Darjeeling's economy

Giraffe

There nine generally accepted subspecies of giraffe

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The Prime Minister of the UK traditionally resides at 10 Downing Street in London

Book of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus contains two of the Bible's most famous sayings: "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" and "Love your neighbor as yourself"

Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, patron saint of sick persons and of Lourdes in France, was a simple shepherd girl

Altamira (cave)

Altamira is the only cave where paintings extend into the area where the occupants lived.

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, stood for only 56 years before falling during an earthquake

Dravidian peoples

The origin of the Dravidian languages, spoken by over 200 million people located primarily in Southern India, has remained unclear and controversial

Ancient Pueblo Peoples

The ancestors of the Pueblo people built incredible cities, cliff dwellings, along the walls of canyons as well as enormous "great houses" and roads along the valleys

Ghana Empire

The modern country of Ghana is named after the ancient Ghana Empire, although they do not share any common territory

Shinto

Shinto is commonly translated as "the Way of the Gods"

Jujutsu

Jujutsu means "gentle art" and is rooted in the ancient cultural traditions of Japan

Prisoner of war

To be entitled to prisoner of war status, the captured service member must have conducted operations according to the laws of war

Pygmy

The Spanish term "Negrito" (little black) refers to pygmy populations in Asia

Indigenous peoples of the Americas

There was no definitive culture for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas although cultural practices were shared within geographical zones among otherwise unrelated peoples

Code of Hammurabi

The term "written in stone" comes from the Code of Hammurabi, first King of the Babylonian Empire, who had the laws inscribed on a large stone stele

Seoraksan

The Cheonbuldong valley on Seoraksan in South Korea is named for rock formations that look like 1,000 Buddhas

Asteroid

There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems published almost twenty years after her death by suicide

Joseph Haydn

Haydn has been called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet"

Myanmar

The largest country in mainland Southeast Asia is Myanmar (Burma)

Neoclassical Music

Neoclassical music emerged as a reaction to romanticism with a return to the order and emotional restraint of classical music following the ferment of the First World War

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina

Urie Bronfenbrenner

Developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner believed that children need sustained interaction with their parents and a supportive society in order to develop into successful adults

Open University

The Open University has more disabled students than any other UK or European university.

Freedom of religion

In 1948 the United Nations defined freedom of religion as a universal human right

Hel

In Norse Mythology "Hel" refers both to the cold realm inhabited by the dead who died not in battle and the cold deity who rules it

Abiathar

When Abiathar escaped from King Saul and fled to David he brought the sacred ephod, which he used on several occasions to provide David with crucial advice from God

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot Confederacy consisted of three tribes, the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood), and the Piegan

Flow (psychology)

In Positive psychology "Flow" is a state of absorption in an activity and an intrinsically rewarding experience