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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI differs from standardized tests measuring traits that can be improved with practice, instead identifying preferred types.

University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is commonly known as "Todai" in Japan, an abbreviation of the Japanese characters that make up "Tokyo Daigaku," the Japanese name of the University

John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright was commissioned to paint several royal portraits and paintings of aristocracy, but did not receive the title "King's Painter" nor did he receive a knighthood

Structural engineering

Structural engineering has advanced significantly through the study of structural failures

Bureaucracy

Max Weber saw the ideal of bureaucracy as a means for achieving maximum efficiency

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, died after being shot by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel

Freemasonry

In Freemasonry, the Supreme Being is referred to as the "Great Architect of the Universe," in keeping with the use of architectural symbolism

Mishima Yukio

Twentieth century Japanese author Mishima Yukio performed "seppuku"-ritual suicide-to end his life

Habsburg

The House of Habsburg was one of the most powerful families in Europe being Holy Roman Emperors and rulers of Austria (and the Austrian Empire) for over six centuries

Asteroid

There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System

Norman Bethune

In his lifetime Norman Bethune was virtually unknown in his homeland of Canada but received international recognition when Chairman Mao Zedong wrote about his work in China

Prejudice

Prejudice is a prejudgment based on membership in a group

Benjamin Rush

Despite having been a slave owner himself, Benjamin Rush became an ardent abolitionist

Lascaux

There is a prehistoric cave painting of a "unicorn" in the Hall of Bulls

Jomo Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, was elected fourth president in 2013

Austria-Hungary

The Austro-Hungarian Empire lasted 51 years from its creation in 1867 until it was dissolved in 1918 at the end of the First World War

David Glasgow Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut was the first full admiral in the United States Navy

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

Atlantis

There have been dozens—perhaps hundreds—of locations proposed for Atlantis

Hijacking

The term hijacking arose in connection with the seizing of liquor trucks during Prohibition in the United States.

Longhouse

Native American longhouses serve a symbolic as well as practical purpose

Kwakwaka'wakw

Kwakwaka'wakw have made great efforts to revive their traditional culture—their language, dances, masks, totem poles, and the previously outlawed potlatch

Water

Water covers about 71 percent of the Earth's surface

Georges Perec

Georges Perec's detective novel La disparation was written entirely without using the letter "e"

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi's name means "a bright collection of strange victories"

Horse

In the wild, horse societies are matriarchal. At the center of the herd is the alpha or dominant mare (female horse).

Cain and Abel

The story of Cain and Abel in Genesis tells of the first human murder when Cain killed his brother Abel

Ansgar

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

Mary I of Scotland

Mary, Queen of Scots became queen when she was six days old, and died by beheading, convicted of treason against England as part of a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was Europe’s first fascist leader, and ruled Italy as a totalitarian state using the title "Il Duce" ("the leader")

Wahhabism

Wahhabism subscribes to the doctrine of oneness of God ("Tawhid"), rejecting aspects of contemporary Islam as polytheism

South Korea

Park Geun-hye, daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, was the first woman to be elected President in South Korea

Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile offenders are generally treated more in terms of reform than punishment with the result that probation, or suspended sentencing, is common

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics after retiring from her job frustrated at being passed over for promotion due to being a woman

Bogota, Colombia

The city of Bogota, Colombia has been called the "Athens of South America"

Book of Jeremiah

The Book of Jeremiah is best known for its theme of the "New Covenant" that involves a personal relationship with God

Seoraksan

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

Picts

The Picts - "painted people" - were ancient inhabitants of Scotland who lived north of Hadrian's Wall

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Edith Stein

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born Edith Stein, a Jew, and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp