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Esther Williams

"America's Mermaid," Esther Williams, was famous for movies featuring "water ballet" now known as synchronized swimming

A Modest Proposal

Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' is considered one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the English language

Italian Fascism

The term "Fascism" derives from fasces, a bundle of rods used in the Roman Empire to symbolize strength through unity

Colin Powell

Colin Powell began his military career in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at City College of New York

Drawing and quartering

In Britain, the penalty of drawing and quartering was usually reserved for commoners, including knights. Noble traitors were merely beheaded

Georges Perec

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

Neoproterozoic

The greatest ice ages occurred during the Neoproterozoic

Holocaust

The Jews of Europe were the main victims of the Holocaust in what the Nazis called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question"

Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge was the youngest of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence

Bedouin

Traditional Bedouin nomadic culture is noted for generous hospitality and protection of woman, as well as violent conflicts and tribal justice

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey coined the idea of "abundance mentality," which allows everyone to be successful rather than winners vs losers

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell's philosophy is often summarized by his phrase "Follow your bliss"

Freemasonry

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

Benjamin Rush

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

Francisco Goya

Spanish painter Francisco Goya is both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the modern artists

Carnatic music

Like all art forms in Indian culture, Carnatic music is believed to have a divine origin

Idi Amin

For his killing of civilians, Idi Amin was called the "Butcher of Uganda," although he preferred to call himself Dada—"Big Daddy"

Flow (psychology)

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

Michael Faraday

Although Michael Faraday received little formal education he became one of the most influential scientists and one of the best experimentalists in the history of science

Mount Everest

The precise height of Mount Everest is unknown, with measurements ranging from 29,000 to 29,035 feet

Imhotep

Imhotep is considered the founder of Egyptian medicine

Halo

Plain round halos typically have been used to signify saints and angels while square halos were sometimes used for the living

Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes, two for poetry and one for drama

Atheism

"Positive" or "strong" atheism is the assertion that no deities exist while "negative" or "weak" atheism is simply the absence of belief in the existence of any deity

Kingdom of Mysore

The Kingdom of Mysore was an important center of art and culture in Southern India

Chemosh

Chemosh was the supreme Moabite deity who was believed to bring victory to his people when they honored him properly, but allowed their enemies to prevail when they fell into sin

Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, generally regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential scientists in history, wrote more on religion than on science

Bankruptcy

In the Jewish law there was no provision for bankruptcy; instead, all unpaid debts were canceled every seven years

Korean War

The Korean War is technically not over since it ended with an armistice not a peace treaty

Book of Jeremiah

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

Buckingham Palace

The first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria

Romanticism

Romanticism, popular from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, emphasized emotion and imagination in contrast to reason that was the focus of the Enlightenment

Nicolaus Copernicus

The "Copernican revolution," placing the sun instead of the Earth at the center of the universe, is considered "the" scientific revolution and marked the starting point of modern astronomy and cosmology

Maasai

Traditionally the Maasai measured wealth in terms of cattle

Affirmative action

Some policies adopted as affirmative action, such as quotas for race or gender in college admissions, have been criticized as a form of reverse discrimination

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

Albania

The capital and largest city of Albania is Tirana

Judo

Despite the meaning of "judo" being "the gentle way," it is very demanding and injury can easily occur

Howard Carter (archaeologist)

William Flinders Petrie, from whom Howard Carter learned his archaeological skills, had little faith in Carter's ability to be a great archaeologist

Marcus Daly

Marcus Daly was an Irish-born American businessman known as one of the three "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana