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Laurence J. Peter

The "Peter Principle" states that "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence"

Greenland

About 80 percent of Greenland is covered by ice, the world's second largest ice sheet

Horse

In the wild, horse societies are matriarchal. At the center of the herd is the alpha or dominant mare (female horse).

Abnormal psychology

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

Melanesia

Melanesia consists of 2,000 islands and 12 million people who practice a variety of subsistence economies

Che Guevara

Socialist revolutionary Che Guevara was born in Argentina and received the nickname "Che" because of his frequent use of the Argentine word Che, meaning "pal" or "mate"

Freedom of religion

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

Maasai

Traditionally the Maasai measured wealth in terms of cattle

Yupik

Yupiit believe in benign and evil spirits, and their mediators (shamans) can communicate with both

Solomon Asch

Solomon Asch's experiments uncovered the tendency to conform among many people, but they also revealed the existence of independence in the face of erroneous group opinion.

Rebecca Latimer Felton

The first woman to serve in the United States Senate was Rebecca Latimer Felton, aged 87, who served for one day

Navajo

Navajo code talkers played a significant role in the Pacific Theater of World War II

Cyril Burt

Cyril Burt claimed that individual differences in intelligence were innate

Islam in India

Islam constitutes the second-most practiced religion in India after Hinduism

Cape Breton Island

The residents of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in Canada, can be grouped into five main cultures: Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English

Murder

In some jurisdictions if the victim survived longer than "one year and a day" the perpetrator could not be tried for murder

Personality assessment

Greek philosopher Hippocrates recorded the first known personality model basing his four "types" on the amount of body fluids, or "humors," an individual possessed.

Johann Jakob Bachofen

Johann Jakob Bachofen's seminal work Mother Right presented a radically new view of the role of women in a broad range of ancient societies

Italian Fascism

The term "Fascism" derives from fasces, a bundle of rods used in the Roman Empire to symbolize strength through unity

Ursula K. Le Guin

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Gwin was the daughter of anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber

Positive psychology

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

Utopia

The term “Utopia” was coined by Thomas More as the name for the ideal state in his book, "Utopia," which described a fictional perfect society

Excalibur

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

Elizabeth I of England

Elizabeth I, whose reign is called the Elizabethan era or the Golden Age, ruled England during a period of political and religious turmoil and set her nation's course to become the leading Protestant world power for the next three centuries

John Rolfe

Many Americans are descended from John Rolfe and Pocahontas through their son, Thomas Rolfe

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan believed that Heaven had commissioned him to establish a world empire

Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an ardent admirer of Mahatma Gandhi despite their differences

Transylvania

In the seventeenth century, Transylvania was an autonomous state and passed through a "Golden age" for religions and culture

Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar, the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat, was named after Mahatma Gandhi who was himself a Gujarati

Chichen Itza

The pyramid "El Castillo" at Chichen Itza was constructed so that on the equinoxes the rising and setting sun casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent, representing the feathered-serpent god Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl, that slides down th

Lascaux

There is a prehistoric cave painting of a "unicorn" at Lascaux

Psychology

The term "Psychology" comes from Greek and means "study of the soul"

Kingdom of Mysore

The Kingdom of Mysore was an important center of art and culture in Southern India

Cayuga

The Cayuga were one of the original five tribes that formed the Iroquois Confederacy

Bogota, Colombia

The city of Bogota, Colombia has been called the "Athens of South America"

Bureaucracy

Max Weber saw the ideal of bureaucracy as a means for achieving maximum efficiency

Adonis

In Greek mythology Adonis was resurrected by Zeus following his premature earthly death

Rudolf Laban

Rudolf Laban was a pioneer of modern dance in Europe

David Livingstone

David Livingstone, the first European to see it, renamed the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall the Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria

Michael Faraday

Although Michael Faraday received little formal education he became one of the most influential scientists and one of the best experimentalists in the history of science