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Abnormal psychology

Many early societies attributed abnormal behavior to the influence of evil spirits.

John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright was commissioned to paint several royal portraits and paintings of aristocracy, but did not receive the title "King's Painter" nor did he receive a knighthood

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of The Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina


The word "thesaurus" comes from a Greek word meaning "treasury"

Ghana Empire

The modern country of Ghana is named after the ancient Ghana Empire, although they do not share any common territory


The first aviation facility to be called an "airport" was Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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


In Nagaland, a small state in India, over 90 percent of the population are Christian, predominantly Baptist


The coca plant has been called the "divine plant of the Incas"

Ancient Egypt

The civilization of Ancient Egypt was one of the oldest and longest lasting human civilizations

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


Baal is the archetypal fertility deity: his death brings drought and his resurrection brings rain and new life

Australian Aborigine

Before the arrival of the British there were at least 300,000, and possibly 1 million, Indigenous Australians living in Australia

Dr. Seuss

The real name of the popular author of children's books, Dr. Seuss, was Theodor Seuss Geisel

Rumah Gadang

Every aspect of a Rumah Gadang ("Big house") has a symbolic significance related to Minangkabau adat (customary belief and law)

Lee Falk

Lee Falk's comic strip character 'The Phantom' inspired the costumed image of what has today become known as the "superhero."

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

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


One of the earliest hominids, dated to over one million years old, was found in Eritrea

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives


The Blackfoot Confederacy consisted of three tribes, the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood), and the Piegan

Elgin Marbles

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

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay Cosmetics after retiring from her job frustrated at being passed over for promotion due to being a woman


Many of the stories from Genesis are retold in the Qur'an

Wake Island

Wake Island has no indigenous inhabitants, its population consisting entirely of military and civilian contractors who maintain the airfield and facitilities

Joseph Pulitzer

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


The term "hobby" came from "hobby-horse" which was a child's toy

Bering Strait

Plans to build a bridge or tunnel across the Bering Strait were proposed as far back as the nineteenth century

Abydos, Egypt

So rare is a full list of pharaoh names that the Table of Abydos has been called the "Rosetta Stone" of Egyptian archaeology

Bette Davis

Bette Davis co-founded the "Hollywood Canteen," a club providing food, dancing, and entertainment by Hollywood stars for servicemen on their way to fight overseas in World War II

Muhammad Yunus

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

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death and died on the 139th anniversary of Einstein's birth


The largest country in mainland Southeast Asia is Myanmar (Burma)

Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes, two for poetry and one for drama

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was the first African-American woman to play on the world tennis tour, winning eleven Grand Slam titles

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bhumibol Adulyadej, king for 70 years, had the longest reign in [[Thailand

Mount Rushmore

The original plan for the Mount Rushmore monument was for the figures of the presidents to be carved down to their waists

Virtue ethics

Virtue ethics started from Plato and Aristotle

United States Constitution

The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights

Mary Baker Eddy

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

Baba Yaga

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


Death is the inevitable end of physical life and the majority of people make preparations for this process

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the tallest volcano and the highest mountain in Japan


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


The term "Islam" means voluntary submission or surrender to God