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Marine engineering

Marine Engineers are the members of a ship's crew that operate and maintain the propulsion and other systems on board the vessel


The archipelago of Zanzibar was a separate state which united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union

Georges Perec

Georges Perec's detective novel La disparation was written entirely without using the letter "e"

John Locke

John Locke believed human beings start life "from scratch," with the mind at birth a "tabula rasa" or blank slate, which is then filled with knowledge through experience


Five tribes formed the original Iroquois Confederacy, which had a constitution known as the Gayanashagowa (or "Great Law of Peace") memorized with the help of special beads called wampum


Litigation related to asbestos is the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history

Weimar Republic

Historians invented the phrase "Weimar Republic" for the government of Germany from 1919 to 1933 officially called Deutsches Reich, usually translated as "The German Reich"

Colin Powell

Colin Powell began his military career in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at City College of New York

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' in which the characters suffer hardships before finding happiness, herself suffered great hardship and loss in her own life leading her to a spiritual quest for healing

Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass' first novel "The Tin Drum" is regarded as a key text in European magic realism

Big Ben

The nickname "Big Ben" refers to the largest bell in the Elizabeth Tower and not to the clock tower itself


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

Sri Lanka

The distinctive civilization of Sri Lanka can be traced back to the sixth century B.C.E.


The Kalash people of North-Western Pakistan are a small non-Muslim ethnic group with a very different culture from those surrounding them

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner changed the manager of the New York Yankees twenty times during his first twenty-three seasons.

Akkadian Empire

The Akkadian Empire has been described as the first true empire in world history


The form that we now recognize as the symphony took shape in the early eighteenth century

Mount Fuji

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

Maya Plisetskaya

Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya danced "Swan Lake" 800 times and was known as "Queen of the air"


Violin makers are called "luthiers"

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow had a vision of a table where people sat talking about human nature, brotherhood, war and peace, and he devoted himself to developing a psychology for the "peace table"


Aikido can be understood as "the way of spiritual harmony" and a path to peace


Amillennialism is a view in Christian eschatology that denies a literal thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on earth

Chaim Weizmann

Chaim Weizmann was a noteworthy scientist before becoming the first president of Israel

Classical music

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

Bhimbetka rock shelters

The rock shelters and caves of Bhimbetka contain numerous cave paintings which depict the lives of the people who lived there over periods spanning thousands of years

John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell led the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon


Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life for nomads living on the steppes of Central Asia for at least three thousand years


The phenomenon of magnetism was known in ancient times but it was not until the nineteenth century that the connection was made between magnetism and electricity

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park in Maine was the first National Park established east of the Mississippi River

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon has one of the highest concentrations of hoodoos of any place on Earth.


At summer solstice, an observer standing within the Stonehenge stone circle will see the sun rise directly above the Heelstone


The Pawnee had an elaborate mythology that incorporated their sophisticated understanding of the movement of the stars

Richard Felton Outcault

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

Yellow River

The Yellow River is known as the "Mother River of China" and "the Cradle of Chinese Civilization"


Détente usually refers to the easing of relations in the Cold War

Phoenix (mythology)

Diverse cultures include variations on the phoenix, a bird with the ability to be reborn


Potawatomi were forced to walk a "Trail of Death" from their homelands in Indiana to an Indian Reservation in Kansas


The village of Lidice was destroyed and its people killed in retribution for the killing of one of Hitler's leaders

Tina Turner

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