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For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara to the northern Mediterranean coast of Africa.


The Kalash people of North-Western Pakistan are a small non-Muslim ethnic group with a very different culture from those surrounding them

Buckingham Palace

The first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria


There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System

Dr. Seuss

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

Positive psychology

Positive psychology studies people's happiness rather than diagnosing mental illness and treating what makes them miserable

Johan Huizinga

Johan Huizinga suggested that the essential quality of human beings is playfulness

Tuscarora (tribe)

After conflict with European settlers the Tuscarora left their lands in North Carolina and settled in New York where they became the sixth tribe to join the Iroquois Confederacy

Joseph Warren

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


Yahweh is the primary Hebrew name of God in the Bible


Navajo code talkers played a significant role in the Pacific Theater of World War II


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

Lincoln Tunnel

The first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in 1937


True matriarchal societies were, and are, extremely rare

Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Dürer was, in effect, the first non-Italian artist to associate the humanistic disciplines with the esthetic pursuits of art.

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

Neolithic Age

The term "Neolithic" was invented by John Lubbock in 1865 as a refinement of the three-age system of stone, bronze, and iron ages


The term "turbine" comes from the Latin "turbo" which means vortex


"Kimono" in Japanese means "something worn" or "clothes"

Elisha ben Abuyah

Elisha ben Abuyah was known as "Acher" ("outcast") and condemned as a heretic by his fellow Tannaim


Modern golf is considered to be a Scottish invention

Edward VII of the United Kingdom

King Edward VII was known as the "uncle of Europe" as he was related to nearly every other European monarch

Cold War

Walter Lippmann was the first to bring the phrase "Cold War" into common use with the publication of his 1947 book of the same name

Book of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus contains two of the Bible's most famous sayings: "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" and "Love your neighbor as yourself"

Jomo Kenyatta

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

Janet Jagan

In 1997 Janet Jagan became the first woman President of Guyana


Polyandry, the form of polygamy in which a woman is married to more than one husband, is the least frequent form of marriage in human society

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel refused to write or talk about his experiences in the Holocaust for 10 years after his liberation

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall discovered that chimpanzees use tools, an ability previously thought to be uniquely human.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan believed that Heaven had commissioned him to establish a world empire

Qin Shi Huang

Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of unified China, was buried with an army of thousands of life size terracotta soldiers to guard him in the afterlife

North Korean defectors

Since the end of the Korean War many people have defected from North Korea by crossing into China

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended prior to passage to explicitly include women's rights

Affirmative action

Some policies adopted as affirmative action, such as quotas for race or gender in college admissions, have been criticized as a form of reverse discrimination


Those previously referred to as "Eskimo" include both Inuit and Yupik cultures

Academies (Shuyuan)

Yuelu Academy (Shuyuan) was established in 976 C.E. and still exists today as Hunan University

Foot binding

In China, girls' feet were bound so the arch was forced upward, resulting in a "lotus foot"


The Netherlands is often called "Holland" although this is not accurate; North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker was active in the Civil Rights Movement

Wellesley College

Wellesley College was founded by Pauline and Henry Fowle Durant to give women an opportunity for higher education