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Literacy

One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is to achieve universal primary education, a level of schooling that includes basic literacy and numeracy

Industrial agriculture

Most of the meat, dairy, eggs, fruits, and vegetables available in supermarkets are produced using industrial agriculture

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

Dian Fossey

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

Paul Revere

Paul Revere became a patriotic icon due to the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Paul Revere's Ride," which described Revere's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the Brit

Mythical creature

Mythical creatures are often chimeras, composed of parts of two or more animals

Ivy League

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

Longhouse

Native American longhouses serve a symbolic as well as practical purpose

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison was the first Protestant missionary to China, baptizing ten converts over a period of 27 years

Dogen

Dogen studied Zen Buddhism in China and then spread the teachings and practice of Zen meditation in Japan

Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman is considered the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century

Victorian era

The Victorian era was a time of unprecedented population increase in England

Mercury (planet)

Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the solar system, orbiting the Sun once every 88 days

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

Philosophy

Until the Renaissance, 'philosophy' and 'science' were considered the same discipline.

Classical music

Classical music is considered primarily a written musical tradition, preserved in music notation

Kiribati

It has been predicted that the land territory of Kiribati will be submerged as sea levels rise due to global climate change.

Dravidian peoples

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

Seoraksan

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

Yelena Bonner

Yelena Bonner continued her activism in support of human rights in Russia after the death of her husband Andrei Sakharov, and the break up of the Soviet Union, until her death in 2011

Saint Andrew

It is said that Saint Andrew, refusing to be crucified on the same type of cross as Christ because he was not worthy, was martyred on an X-shaped cross.

Electron microscope

The first electron microscope prototype was built in 1931 by German engineers Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll

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

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh wrote over 600 letters to his brother Theo

Jomo Kenyatta

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

Espionage

The use of espionage dates back well into ancient history.

Nagaland

In Nagaland, a small state in India, over 90 percent of the population are Christian, predominantly Baptist

Joshua Nkomo

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

Carnatic music

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

Cave painting

Cave paintings probably had a religious or informational purpose rather than being purely decorative

Matriarchy

True matriarchal societies were, and are, extremely rare

Coin

A coin was often placed in the mouth of a dead person as payment to Charon for passage across the river Styx to the world of the dead.

Jogging

Jogging is considered a means towards improved health and fitness

Hijacking

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

Hammurabi

Hammurabi, first King of the Babylonian Empire, is best known for his laws - the Code of Hammurabi - which were inscribed on a large stele for all to see

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451', envisioned many technological innovations in his writings

Constantine I

Constantine the Great was the first Roman Emperor to accept Christianity

Margaret Thatcher

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

Penobscot

The town of Orono in Maine takes its name from the great Penobscot chief or sagamore, Joseph Orono

Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass' first novel "The Tin Drum" is regarded as a key text in European magic realism