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Golf

Modern golf is considered to be a Scottish invention

Bahadur Shah II

Bahadur Shah II, the last Moghul emperor of India, had little political power and was finally exiled for treason by the British

Literacy

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

Fidel Castro

Castro's dying wish was to avoid a cult of personality developing by banning statues and naming of streets in his honor

Cartoon

The original meaning of "cartoon" comes from the Italian "cartone," meaning "big paper," and referred to a drawing made on paper as a full size study for artwork

Black Hills

The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota "Pahá Sápa" - "hills that are black"

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

Ancient Pueblo Peoples

The ancestors of the Pueblo people built incredible cities, cliff dwellings, along the walls of canyons as well as enormous "great houses" and roads along the valleys

Andersonville prison

Andersonville Prison was notorious for its overcrowding, starvation, disease, and cruelty during the American Civil War

Acculturation

John Wesley Powell is credited with coining the word acculturation

Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances, is also known as the Devil's Triangle

Graham Greene

Graham Greene's intense focus on moral issues, politics, and religion, mixed with suspense and adventure, became the trademark of his popular novels.

Iran-Iraq War

The First Persian Gulf War was between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran and lasted from September 1980 until August 1988

Toby Riddle

Toby Winema Riddle, one of few Native American women to be so honored, received a military pension by congressional act acknowledging her role as a key participant and mediator during peace and war

Bethlehem

Bethlehem means “house of meat” (Arabic) or “house of bread” (Hebrew)

Passamaquoddy

Passamaquoddy are known for their arts and crafts, such as jewelry, basketry, wood carving, and building birch bark canoes

Adonis

In Greek mythology Adonis was resurrected by Zeus following his premature earthly death

Earth lodge

Several Plains Indians tribes lived in semi-subterranean buildings covered with earth, known as earth lodges

Waseda University

The Waseda University academic cap is square and was specially designed to be unique, immediately identifying its wearer as a Waseda student

Feng-huang

Unlike the Phoenix of the Western World, the Feng-Huang is immortal without needing to go through a cycle of death and re-birth.

Thanksgiving

As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the English and continental European Harvest festival.

Patriarchy

Patriarchy literally means "rule of fathers"

Samaritan Pentateuch

The Samaritan Pentateuch claims that only Mount Gerizim was authorized to be the sacred altar and temple, not Jerusalem

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg was an end on the first All-America team selected in 1889 and he was elected to both the charter class of the College Football Hall of Fame (1951) and the charter class of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.

C. Lloyd Morgan

Lloyd Morgan's Canon is both the most quoted and the most misrepresented statement in the history of comparative psychology

Florida Keys

Key West, located in the Florida Keys, is the southernmost city of the continental United States and only 94 miles from Cuba

Marriage

Traditionally, marriage has been a prerequisite for starting a family, which then serves as the building block of a community and society

Francisco Goya

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

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. outlived four of his children, who met tragic deaths while in the prime of their lives

Golden Horde

The Golden Horde was a Mongol state established in the thirteenth century after the break up of the Mongol Empire

Kiribati

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

Yoruba People

The Yoruba are one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in sub-Saharan Africa with "Yorubaland" spanning parts of the modern states of Nigeria, Benin, and Togo

C. V. Raman

C. V. Raman completed his Masters degree in physics while still a teenager

Albania

The capital and largest city of Albania is Tirana

Wahhabism

Wahhabism subscribes to the doctrine of oneness of God ("Tawhid"), rejecting aspects of contemporary Islam as polytheism

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Felix Adler (professor)

Felix Adler founded the Society for Ethical Culture, a nontheistic religious movement

Mercury (element)

The chemical element mercury is the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure

Blueprint

Blueprints were originally created using photosensitive blue coating on paper

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work after World War I in establishing the League of Nations, although the United States never joined the League