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Mercury (planet)

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

Jogging

Jogging is considered a means towards improved health and fitness

Dr. Seuss

The real name of the popular author of children's books, Dr. Seuss, was Theodor Seuss Geisel

Abnormal psychology

Many early societies attributed abnormal behavior to the influence of evil spirits.

Diwali

Diwali, or the "Festival of Lights," is a Hindu celebration signifying the triumph of good over evil

Sri Lanka

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka can be traced back to the sixth century B.C.E.

Defense mechanism

Defense mechanisms work by changing unacceptable impulses into acceptable forms, or by unconsciously blocking such impulses, and thus reducing anxiety.

Murder

In some jurisdictions if the victim survived longer than "one year and a day" the perpetrator could not be tried for murder

Sunshine policy

The "Sunshine Policy" of South Korea towards North Korea was named after Aesop's fable in which the man removed his coat voluntarily to enjoy the warmth of the sun

David

David means "beloved" in Hebrew

George Washington

Because of his central role in the founding of the United States, George Washington is often called the “Father of the Nation”

Yoruba People

The Yoruba are one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in sub-Saharan Africa with "Yorubaland" spanning parts of the modern states of Nigeria, Benin, and Togo

Jujutsu

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

Malawi

Malawi is known as the "Warm Heart of Africa."

Pueblo Indians

The Pueblo Indians successfully revolted against Spanish colonization in the seventeenth century. Although this success lasted only 12 years it deterred the Spanish from attempts to eradicate their culture and religion.

Alexander Cartwright

Abner Doubleday was once credited with the invention of baseball, but the story is now considered a myth by sports historians, and Alexander Cartwright is now recognized as the true inventor of baseball.

Code of Hammurabi

The term "written in stone" comes from the Code of Hammurabi, first King of the Babylonian Empire, who had the laws inscribed on a large stone stele

Incense

All of the major religions incorporate the burning of incense in their rites

Jose Marti

José Martí is often called the "Apostle of Cuban Independence"

Muhammad Yunus

Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the initiation of microcredit

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

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker in Deadwood, in what is now South Dakota

Thesaurus

The word "thesaurus" comes from a Greek word meaning "treasury"

Alfred L. Kroeber

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin's father is anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber who studied "Ishi," the last of the Yahi tribe

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by the Hungarian-born American journalist, Joseph Pulitzer, a prominent newspaper publisher who was also responsible, along with William Randolph Hearst, for originating yellow journalism

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine has been ironically summarized in Latin America as "America for the Americans"

Stonehenge

At summer solstice, an observer standing within the Stonehenge stone circle will see the sun rise directly above the Heelstone

Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo synthesized Eastern and Western thought, teaching about spiritual evolution and the importance of the feminine

Kolkata

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

Grenada

Grenada is known as the "spice isle" because it is a leading producer of several different spices

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

Benito Mussolini

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

Ancient Pueblo Peoples

The ancestors of the Pueblo people built incredible cities, cliff dwellings, along the walls of canyons as well as enormous "great houses" and roads along the valleys

Akbar the Great

Akbar the Great, leader of the Moghul Empire, fostered pluralism and tolerance for all religions

Social psychology

Social psychology developed as a field separate from the behavioral and psychoanalytic schools that were dominant at the time

New Zealand

Maori settlers originally called the North Island of New Zealand "Aotearoa," a name which is now used for the entire country

Wake Island

Wake Island has no indigenous inhabitants, its population consisting entirely of military and civilian contractors who maintain the airfield and facitilities

Donald O. Hebb

Donald O. Hebb's work laid the foundation for neuropsychology as he sought to understand how neurons in the brain contributed to [[psychology