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Mauritania

The "Guelb er Richat" or Richat Structure, also known as the "Eye of the Sahara," is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of west–central Mauritania

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066, the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey

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).

Marcus Daly

Marcus Daly was an Irish-born American businessman known as one of the three "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana

Kwakwaka'wakw

Kwakwaka'wakw have made great efforts to revive their traditional culture—their language, dances, masks, totem poles, and the previously outlawed potlatch

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature

Mary Baker Eddy

A central tenet of the Church of Christ, Scientist founded by Mary Baker Eddy is spiritual healing of disease

Flag of India

The Flag of India has at its center the Ashoka Chakra, taken from the Lion Capital of Asoka sculpture

Darjeeling

Tourism and the tea industry constitute the two most significant contributors to Darjeeling's economy

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began as a defense against [[Communism

Rumi

The Sufi poet Rumi referred to Allah (God) as his Beloved

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is known as the "Lost City of the Incas," having been abandoned a century after being built

Planet

There was no formal scientific definition of "planet" until 2006

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca in the Andes is the world's highest lake navigable to large vessels

Jogging

Jogging is considered a means towards improved health and fitness

Drawing and quartering

In Britain, the penalty of drawing and quartering was usually reserved for commoners, including knights. Noble traitors were merely beheaded

Mercury (planet)

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

Saint Andrew

It is said that Saint Andrew, refusing to be crucified on the same type of cross as Christ because he was not worthy, was martyred on an X-shaped cross.

Muhammad Yunus

Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the initiation of microcredit

Centaur

The most common theory of the origin of centaurs is that when non-riding cultures first saw nomads mounted on horses they thought they were half-horse, half-man creatures.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart was originally created as the Badge of Military Merit by George Washington

Gustav von Schmoller

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

Parachute

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

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe achieved independence from Great Britain in 1980, with Robert Mugabe elected as President

Benjamin Bloom

The American educational psychologist, Benjamin Bloom, carried out research that showed that a "decade of dedication" is more important than giftedness in achieving success in a given field of learning

Chickasaw

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

Sir Thomas Browne

The seventeenth century English author Sir Thomas Browne merged the new method of scientific inquiry with his Christian faith

University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is commonly known as "Todai" in Japan, an abbreviation of the Japanese characters that make up "Tokyo Daigaku," the Japanese name of the University

Modern dance

Modern dance developed in the twentieth century as a rebellion not only against the constraints of classical ballet but as a way to express contemporary social concerns

Canada

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

Norman Bethune

In his lifetime Norman Bethune was virtually unknown in his homeland of Canada but received international recognition when Chairman Mao Zedong wrote about his work in China

Naphthalene

Naphthalene is the primary ingredient in mothballs

Anthropology

The anthropologist Eric Wolf once described anthropology as "the most scientific of the humanities, and the most humanistic of the sciences."

Positive psychology

Positive psychology studies people's happiness rather than diagnosing mental illness and treating what makes them miserable

American Samoa

American Samoa is the location of early twentieth-century American anthropologist Margaret Mead's controversial study, "Coming of Age in Samoa."

Philosophy

Until the Renaissance, 'philosophy' and 'science' were considered the same discipline.

Portia Simpson-Miller

Portia Simpson-Miller was Jamaica's first female Prime Minister

African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)

The Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a seminal event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Romanticism

Romanticism, popular from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, emphasized emotion and imagination in contrast to reason that was the focus of the Enlightenment

Mythical creature

Mythical creatures are often chimeras, composed of parts of two or more animals