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's detective novel La disparation
was written entirely without using the letter "e"
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
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
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"
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' first novel "The Tin Drum" is regarded as a key text in European magic realism
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
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 changed the manager of the New York Yankees twenty times during his first twenty-three seasons.
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 is the tallest volcano
and the highest mountain in Japan
Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya danced "Swan Lake" 800 times and was known as "Queen of the air"
Violin makers are called "luthiers"
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
Chaim Weizmann was a noteworthy scientist before becoming the first president of Israel
Classical music is considered primarily a written
musical tradition, preserved in music notation
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
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
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 created the cartoon
characters "The Yellow Kid" and "Buster Brown"
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
Diverse cultures include variations on the phoenix, a bird with the ability to be reborn
The village of Lidice was destroyed and its people killed in retribution for the killing of one of Hitler
Tina Turner was born in Nutbush, Tennessee
, a small rural community that she described in her 1973 hit song "Nutbush City Limits"