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Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was called "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" for her refusal to give up her seat in a bus to a white passenger

Oak

Oak used for wine barrels increases the antioxidant activity of the wines

Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer

Joseph Pulitzer

Hungarian-born Joseph Pulitzer is known both for creating yellow journalism and the Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism

Distance education

Distance education has been around at least since Isaac Pitman taught shorthand in Great Britain via correspondence in the 1840s.

Ancient Greece

The culture of Ancient Greece, from the period of around one thousand years ending with the rise of Christianity, is considered the foundation of Western civilization

Monroe Doctrine

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

Potawatomi

Potawatomi were forced to walk a "Trail of Death" from their homelands in Indiana to an Indian Reservation in Kansas

Northern Mariana Islands

The Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are the northernmost islands of Micronesia

Songhai Empire

At its height, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Songhai Empire was the largest empire in West Africa

Human sexuality

Human sexual activity is more than a physical activity, it impacts the minds and hearts as well as the bodies of the participants

Elgin Marbles

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

Forgiveness

Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness

Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area (including its waters), and the fourth by land area

Ethel Merman

Tony Award winning star of musical theater Ethel Merman never took singing lessons

Literacy

One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is to achieve universal primary education, a level of schooling that includes basic literacy and numeracy

Stonehenge

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

Lev Vygotsky

Lev Vygotsky has been called the "Mozart of Psychology"

Erwin Rommel

Rommel's campaign in Africa earned him the nickname “The Desert Fox”

Sweat lodge

Many cultures have used sweat lodges for the purpose of purification, healing, and relaxation

Satan

Abrahamic religions do not consider Satan to be a wholly evil being, but rather one who became the adversary of his creator, God

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples

Howard Carter (archaeologist)

William Flinders Petrie, from whom Howard Carter learned his archaeological skills, had little faith in Carter's ability to be a great archaeologist

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault was almost 70 years old when he wrote his Histoires ou Contes du temps passé (also known as Mother Goose Tales).

Ghetto

Historically, the term "ghetto" referred to restricted housing zones where Jews were required to live

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is famous for patenting the invention of the cotton gin but he made no money from it

Veil of Veronica

The Veil of Veronica is said to have an imprint of the face of Jesus, imprinted on the cloth when Saint Veronica wiped the sweat of his face on the way to Calvary

Kalash

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

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was a founder of the Kit-Kat Club an English club in London with strong political and literary associations

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

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

Horse

In the wild, horse societies are matriarchal. At the center of the herd is the alpha or dominant mare (female horse).

Goliath

Goliath, champion warrior of the Philistines, was reputed to be over nine feet tall yet he was defeated by the young Israelite boy David, who later became king

White tea

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

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geographical and historical isolation of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has resulted in the development an ecosystem with unique floral and faunal habitats

Hermann Rorschach

Hermann Rorschach, inventor of the Rorschach inkblot personality test, was nicknamed "Klecks," meaning “inkblot,” because of his childhood interest in Klecksography, the making of fanciful inkblot pictures

Parachute

An early parachute design was called "Homo Volans" (Flying Man)

Francisco Goya

Spanish painter Francisco Goya is both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the modern artists

Richard Felton Outcault

Richard Felton Outcault created the cartoon characters "The Yellow Kid" and "Buster Brown"

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