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Namib Desert

The Namib Desert, stretching 1,000 miles along the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa, is believed to be the world's oldest desert having been arid for at least 55 million years

Joseph Campbell

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

Ewha Womans University

Ewha Womans University was founded by American Methodist missionary Mary Scranton as Ewha Girls School (Pear Blossom Academy)


Tlingit spirituality is expressed through art, especially in the form of detailed carvings on totem poles

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Edith Stein

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


Cicero suggested that the best orator should be the best human being, understanding the correct way to live, acting upon it by being active in politics, and instructing others through speeches, through example, and through making good laws.

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima, which he named la Ciudad de los Reyes (the City of Kings), to serve as the capital of Peru on January 18, 1535


The Berlin Wall, which had divided the East and West sections of the city since 1945, was demolished in 1989


Kiowa ledger art originated in the captive Kiowa artists' use of the white man's record keeping books (ledgers) to preserve their history using traditional pictographic representations


As original members of the Iroquois League, or Haudenosaunee, the Mohawk were known as the "Keepers of the Eastern Door" who guarded the Iroquois Confederation against invasion from that direction

Elgin Marbles

When he brought the Elgin Marbles to Britain Lord Elgin was accused of vandalism by his contemporaries

Etta James

Etta James bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll music

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

Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid was the world's tallest building for four millennia

Ray Bradbury

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

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina

American Samoa

American Samoa is the location of early twentieth-century American anthropologist Margaret Mead's controversial study, "Coming of Age in Samoa."


Before the invention of the metronome, words were the only way to describe the tempo of a musical composition

Robert Morrison

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

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt's paintings have brought some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art

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

Islam in India

Islam constitutes the second-most practiced religion in India after Hinduism


Pueblos are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US

Catherine Parr

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

Open University

The Open University has more disabled students than any other UK or European university.


The location in Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where six teenagers had visions of Mary is known as "Apparition Hill"

Ralph Abernathy

Ralph Abernathy was the best friend, partner, and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the earliest days of the American Civil Rights Movement

Saint George

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


The eggplant or aubergine is widely used in Indian cuisine where it is called brinjal, and is considered the "King of Vegetables"


Alabama is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird, and is also known as the "Heart of Dixie"


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

Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie's work was not recognized in France until he received the Nobel Prize for his work on radiation, together with his wife Marie Curie and Henri Becquerel, at which point he was given a professorship at the Sorbonne


Although sightings of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, continue to be reported the majority of scientist remain skeptical about the existence of such a creature


The Chickasaw were one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" who adopted practices of European Americans but were then forcibly removed to the Indian Territory during the era of Indian Removal


Even within societies which allow polygamy, in actual practice it generally occurs only rarely.

White tea

White tea was formerly a luxury reserved for the emperor of China

Ivy Lee

Ivy Lee issued what is often considered to be the first press release in 1906.

Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave contains the oldest human footprint that can be dated accurately.


The Wyandot, an Iroquoian confederacy of four tribes, were called the Huron by French explorers