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Curse of Ham

In the Genesis story Ham is not cursed directly but rather his youngest son, Canaan

Baekdu Mountain

Baekdu (Changbai) Mountain, a dormant volcano between China and North Korea, has one of the highest crater lakes in the world, called "Heaven Lake"

Kolkata

In 2001 the name of the Indian city of Kolkata was officially changed from "Calcutta"

Bankruptcy

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

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

Bette Davis

Bette Davis co-founded the "Hollywood Canteen," a club providing food, dancing, and entertainment by Hollywood stars for servicemen on their way to fight overseas in World War II

Marlene Dietrich

Prior to World War II Marlene Dietrich rejected an offer by representatives of the Nazi Party, asking her to return to Germany to star in German films, and instead became an American citizen

Book of Jeremiah

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

Marriage

Traditionally, marriage has been a prerequisite for starting a family, which then serves as the building block of a community and society

Emma of Normandy

The name "Emma" was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife of King Ethelred the Unready of England and then of King Canute the Great of Denmark

Felix Adler (professor)

Felix Adler founded the Society for Ethical Culture, a nontheistic religious movement

Ahilyabai Holkar

Ahilyabai Holkar was one of India's great women rulers

Ljubljana

The symbol of the city of Ljubljana is the dragon, which is found in the coat of arms, on top of the tower of the Ljubljana Castle, and on the Dragon Bridge

Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was the center of interactions between Asia and Europe for six centuries

Barbershop music

Barbershop music is a four-part a cappella style of singing famous for its "ringing" chords in which an overtone is produced that sounds like a fifth note

Greenland

About 80 percent of Greenland is covered by ice, the world's second largest ice sheet

Vaishnavism

Vaishnavism differs from other traditions of Hinduism by recognizing Vishnu as the supreme deity

Hades

In Greek mythology Hades has been used to refer both to the "underworld" or Hell and the deity that rules the dead

Marshall Plan

The European Recovery Program was named the Marshall Plan for the U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall

Manhattan Center

The Manhattan Center was originally built by Oscar Hammerstein I as an alternative venue to the Metropolitan Opera House

Diego Velázquez

Paintings of Diego Velázquez, Spanish artist of the Baroque period, were recreated by several twentieth century painters, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, in their own style

Pluto

Pluto, considered the solar system's ninth planet since its discovery in 1930, was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006

Due process

The right to due process is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and [[U.S. Bill of Rights

Blackfoot

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

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

Wahhabism

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

Museum

The earliest museums in ancient Greece were educational institutions where scholars gathered and the arts and learning were cultivated

Greenhouse gas

Without "greenhouse gases" the Earth would be so cold as to be uninhabitable

Hermann Rorschach

Hermann Rorschach, inventor of the Rorschach inkblot personality test, was nicknamed "Klecks," meaning “inkblot,” because of his childhood interest in Klecksography, the making of fanciful inkblot pictures

Bushmen

The Bushmen have left over 20,000 individual rock paintings, all preserved in caves at more than 500 different sites.

Cape Breton Island

The residents of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in Canada, can be grouped into five main cultures: Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Transylvania

In the seventeenth century, Transylvania was an autonomous state and passed through a "Golden age" for religions and culture

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River

Solomon Asch

Solomon Asch's experiments uncovered the tendency to conform among many people, but they also revealed the existence of independence in the face of erroneous group opinion.

Grantland Rice

In 1922 Grantland Rice became the first play-by-play announcer carried live on radio for the World Series game.

Songhai Empire

At its height, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Songhai Empire was the largest empire in West Africa

Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic

Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is such a significant physical feature on the earth that it is clearly visible from space

Waseda University

The Waseda University academic cap is square and was specially designed to be unique, immediately identifying its wearer as a Waseda student