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Cain and Abel

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


The location in Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where six teenagers had visions of Mary is known as "Apparition Hill"

Paul-Henri Spaak

Paul-Henri Spaak was nicknamed "Mr. Europe"

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


The Sumerian deity "Enki" ("Lord of the Earth") was born when the tears of Anu, the chief god, met the salt waters of the sea goddess Nammu

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga's "cabin on chicken legs" may be based on real buildings.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn's own life provided material for many of her best selling songs and her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," was a best seller and was made into an Oscar-winning film


Illusions are distortions of sensory perception, "mocking" the senses so that most people are deceived


The term "turbine" comes from the Latin "turbo" which means vortex


The name Beijing literally means "northern capital"

Florida Keys

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

Tina Turner

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


Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand


Nunavut is the newest, largest, and most northerly territory of Canada

W. H. Auden

Auden was one of the first prominent critics to praise J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Hernán Cortés

It has been said that when Hernan Cortes reached Mexico the Aztecs thought he was their god Quetzalcoatl

Freedom of religion

In 1948 the United Nations defined freedom of religion as a universal human right


Some form of flute has been used in virtually every world culture and as far back in time as 40,000 years ago

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first African American female writer to be published in the United States


Chemosh was the supreme Moabite deity who was believed to bring victory to his people when they honored him properly, but allowed their enemies to prevail when they fell into sin


King Arthur's sword Excalibur comes from another realm, and when Arthur dies it must be returned there


Whales are the largest mammals, the largest vertebrates, and the largest known animals in the world.

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


The Donatists were the first Christian movement to oppose the union of church and state


The word galaxy derives from "galaxias" meaning "milky," the Greek term for our own Milky Way galaxy


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

Max von Laue

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


Dystopia refers to a place too bad to be practicable, the opposite of utopia which is too good


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

Papua New Guinea

The motto of Papua New Guinea is "Unity in Diversity"

Classical music

Classical music is considered primarily a written musical tradition, preserved in music notation


The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem ever written

Dick Clark

Due to his perennial youthful appearance, Dick Clark was often referred to as "America's oldest teenager"

John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963


Cheondogyo is an indigenous Korean neo-Confucianist religion with elements of Buddhism, Daoism, and Catholicism

Forced labor

Slave trading, often referred to as "human trafficking," remains a major problem in the modern world.

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

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


The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca made by Muslim devotees

Donald O. Hebb

Donald O. Hebb's work laid the foundation for neuropsychology as he sought to understand how neurons in the brain contributed to [[psychology

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff had piano roll recordings made of many of his performances