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Ethel Merman

Tony Award winning star of musical theater Ethel Merman never took singing lessons

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was a founder of the Kit-Kat Club an English club in London with strong political and literary associations

Albert Bierstadt

Although Albert Bierstadt's paintings were not fully recognized in his lifetime, he is now regarded as one of the greatest landscape artists in history.

Robert K. Merton

Robert K. Merton coined the expression "self-fulfilling prophecy"

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began as a defense against [[Communism

Jujutsu

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

Richard Felton Outcault

Richard Felton Outcault created the cartoon characters "The Yellow Kid" and "Buster Brown"

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

Wovoka

Wovoka, also known as Jack Wilson, was a Paiute shaman who received a vision of peace and instructions on how to perform the Ghost Dance

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey is the first known person to be voluntarily contacted by a mountain gorilla

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

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was called "the Two-Horned One" in Islamic and Arabic-language sources and "Alexander the Cursed" in Zoroastrian literature

Mourning

The color of deepest mourning among medieval European queens was white rather than black

Aikido

Aikido can be understood as "the way of spiritual harmony" and a path to peace

Adult education

Some of the first formalized adult education institutions were correspondence schools.

Saint George

Saint George was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Pagan gods

Joshua Nkomo

Joshua Nkomo was declared a national hero in recognition of his leading role in the struggle to establish Zimbabwe's independence

Berber

The Berbers are the indigenous people of North Africa west of the Nile River

Novatianism

Novatian opposed Pope Cornelius for accepting lapsed Christians, and established himself as antipope

Benjamin Bloom

The American educational psychologist, Benjamin Bloom, carried out research that showed that a "decade of dedication" is more important than giftedness in achieving success in a given field of learning

Horse

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

Dwarf

Dwarves are famed miners and metalsmiths, and some myths suggest they have the ability to forge magical items.

Satan

Abrahamic religions do not consider Satan to be a wholly evil being, but rather one who became the adversary of his creator, God

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga's "cabin on chicken legs" may be based on real buildings.

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

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.

Bogota, Colombia

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

Urbanization

Urbanization can be planned or organic.

Atlantis

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

Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren died during the Battle of Bunker Hill, fighting in the front lines for the American Revolution

Edith Stein

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

Biome

The British Empire was known as "the empire on which the sun never sets"

Charles Kingsley

Author Charles Kingsley was one of the first to praise Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species," and seeking a reconciliation between science and Christian doctrine

Florence

Florence, well known for art and architecture, is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Sweat lodge

Many cultures have used sweat lodges for the purpose of purification, healing, and relaxation

Margaret Thatcher

A Soviet newspaper gave Margaret Thatcher the nickname "Iron Lady," which she enjoyed as it reflected her uncompromising politics and steadfast leadership

David Glasgow Farragut

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

Ivy League

The term "Ivy League" came from the ivy plants that cover many of these institutions' buildings

Appalachian Mountains

The birth of the Appalachian Mountains predates the formation of the American continent

Illusion

Illusions are distortions of sensory perception, "mocking" the senses so that most people are deceived