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Napoleon Bonaparte

Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was actually slightly taller than an average Frenchman of the nineteenth century

Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram's experiments showed that people may act in inhumane ways when ordered to do so by an authority figure and when their peers also act in the same way

Cairo

Cairo is nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture

Imhotep

Imhotep is considered the founder of Egyptian medicine

Miskito

The Miskitos are indigenous people of Central America living along the Mosquito Coast in Honduras and Nicaragua

Trimurti

The Trimurti is the Hindu representation of God as Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer)

Acculturation

John Wesley Powell is credited with coining the word acculturation

Symphony

The form that we now recognize as the symphony took shape in the early eighteenth century

Akkadian Empire

The Akkadian Empire has been described as the first true empire in world history

World Cup

The host nation for the World Cup final tournament is automatically qualified to play in the tournament

Habsburg

The House of Habsburg was one of the most powerful families in Europe being Holy Roman Emperors and rulers of Austria (and the Austrian Empire) for over six centuries

Che Guevara

Socialist revolutionary Che Guevara was born in Argentina and received the nickname "Che" because of his frequent use of the Argentine word Che, meaning "pal" or "mate"

Eucharist

The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is a sacramental reenactment of the Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples, in which Christians partake in the "body" and "blood" of Christ

Grand Ole Opry

In 1954 a teenage Elvis Presley made his first (and only) performance at the Grand Ole Opry

Gerard Debreu

Gerard Debreu won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1983

Indian Railways

Indian Railways constitutes one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting transporting six billion passengers a year

Kiribati

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

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize

Bookselling

The earliest booksellers were scribes who copied books as they were demanded

Huron

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

Virtue ethics

Virtue ethics started from Plato and Aristotle

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building remained the tallest skyscraper in the world for over 40 years

Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, patron saint of sick persons and of Lourdes in France, was a simple shepherd girl

Novatianism

Novatian opposed Pope Cornelius for accepting lapsed Christians, and established himself as antipope

Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark expedition trekked 4,000 miles across America and only one man died, from appendicitis

Kaabah

"Ka'bah" comes from the Arabic word "muka'ab" meaning cube

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River

Dogen

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

Galileo Galilei

Galileo was accused of heresy in 1633 for his support of Nicolaus Copernicus' heliocentrism and it was not until 1992 that Pope John Paul II announced that the Catholic Church's denunciation of Galileo's work had been a tragic error

Cain and Abel

The story of Cain and Abel in Genesis tells of the first human murder when Cain killed his brother Abel

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Antoinette Brown Blackwell was the first woman to be ordained as a Christian minister in the United States

Netherlands

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

Greenland

About 80 percent of Greenland is covered by ice, the world's second largest ice sheet

Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar, the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat, was named after Mahatma Gandhi who was himself a Gujarati

Petroglyph

Petroglyphs, or rock engravings, have been found dating back at least 10,000 years

Yahweh

Yahweh is the primary Hebrew name of God in the Bible

Exercise

Physical exercise is beneficial to both physical and mental health

Electron microscope

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

Kelvin

Zero on the Kelvin scale is known as Absolute zero, the temperature at which nothing could be colder

Patriarchy

Patriarchy literally means "rule of fathers"