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The Picts - "painted people" - were ancient inhabitants of Scotland who lived north of Hadrian's Wall

Kyoto University

Kyoto University was founded to train scientists to support the rapid industrialization of Japan during the Meiji period

Rudolf Steiner

The life work of Rudolf Steiner was his development of Anthroposophy, a philosophy based on the premise that the human intellect has the ability to contact the spiritual world

Lev Vygotsky

Lev Vygotsky has been called the "Mozart of Psychology"


Vermont is the only New England state with no Atlantic Ocean coastline

Academy Awards

George Bernard Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and won an Oscar for screenwriting

Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is famous for its massive stone sculptures known as "moai"

Mount Everest

The precise height of Mount Everest is unknown, with measurements ranging from 29,000 to 29,035 feet

Norse Mythology

The dualism that exists in Norse mythology is not an opposition of good versus evil, but order versus chaos


The history of robots goes back as far as ancient myths and legends


There nine generally accepted subspecies of giraffe


The Balinese people are descendants of a prehistoric race who migrated through mainland Asia to the Indonesian archipelago

Vocational education

The general philosophy of vocational education stands in stark contrast to the ideology of a liberal arts education.

Rebecca Latimer Felton

The first woman to serve in the United States Senate was Rebecca Latimer Felton, aged 87, who served for one day

Constructivist architecture

Constructivist architects aimed to instill the avant-garde in everyday life, constructing the spaces in which a socialist utopia could be achieved


The werewolf phenomenon can be traced all the way back to shape-shifting practices of shamans who transformed into animals including wolves

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Disaster relief

Organizations providing disaster relief to all those affected began in the nineteenth century

Sunshine policy

The "Sunshine Policy" of South Korea towards North Korea was named after Aesop's fable in which the man removed his coat voluntarily to enjoy the warmth of the sun

Felix Adler (professor)

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


Xiuzhen means “to practice and learn the way of the truth” and is the principal technique in the Taoist quest for immortality

Max von Laue

Nobel Prize winning German physicist Max von Laue openly resisted the Nazi regime's anti-Jewish Deutsche Physik

Kingdom of Mysore

The Kingdom of Mysore was an important center of art and culture in Southern India

Augustus Caesar

Augustus Caesar ended a century of civil wars and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness, known as the Pax Romana, "Roman peace"

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was buried with full military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize


A coin was often placed in the mouth of a dead person as payment to Charon for passage across the river Styx to the world of the dead.

Phoenician Civilization

The Phoenicians are credited with spreading the Phoenician alphabet throughout the Mediterranean world, so that it became one of the most widely used writing systems

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey coined the idea of "abundance mentality," which allows everyone to be successful rather than winners vs losers

Mercury (planet)

Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the solar system, orbiting the Sun once every 88 days

Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Tennessee, a small rural community that she described in her 1973 hit song "Nutbush City Limits"


Nineveh was the largest city in the world prior to its destruction in 612 B.C.E.

Joseph Warren

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


In 2001 the name of the Indian city of Kolkata was officially changed from "Calcutta"

Richard Felton Outcault

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

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems published almost twenty years after her death by suicide

Gustav von Schmoller

German economist Gustav von Schmoller was concerned with social challenges posed by rapid industrialization and urbanization

A. S. Neill

Scottish educator A. S. Neill founded Summerhill School as an experiment in free learning

Monroe Doctrine

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