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's philosophy is often summarized by his phrase "Follow your bliss"
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
The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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 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
When he brought the Elgin Marbles to Britain Lord Elgin was accused of vandalism by his contemporaries
Alexander the Great was called "the Two-Horned One" in Islamic
and Arabic-language sources and "Alexander the Cursed" in Zoroastrian
The Great Pyramid was the world's tallest building for four millennia
Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451', envisioned many technological innovations in his writings
Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca
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 was the first Protestant
missionary to China, baptizing ten converts over a period of 27 years
Gustav Klimt's paintings have brought some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art
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
Pueblos are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US
Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII
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"
Saint George was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Pagan
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
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 was formerly a luxury reserved for the emperor of China
Ivy Lee issued what is often considered to be the first press release in 1906.
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