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Jose Marti

José Martí is often called the "Apostle of Cuban Independence"

Contact lens

The first corrective contact lenses were made of blown glass

Australian Aborigine

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

Dybbuk

Belief in dybbuks, souls of the dead that attach themselves to living persons on earth, became widespread in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Ancient Pueblo Peoples

The ancestors of the Pueblo people built incredible cities, cliff dwellings, along the walls of canyons as well as enormous "great houses" and roads along the valleys

Kanji

Kanji are the Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system

Edward Albee

Edward Albee's most famous play is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, stood for only 56 years before falling during an earthquake

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitism developed during his years as a struggling artist in Vienna, Austria

Westminster Abbey

Since 1066, the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey

Posidonius

The Greek polymath Posidonius attempted to create a unified worldview, showing the interconnectedness of the world and how all forces have an effect on each other and on human life

Coin

A coin was often placed in the mouth of a dead person as payment to Charon for passage across the river Styx to the world of the dead.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh wrote over 600 letters to his brother Theo

Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is such a significant physical feature on the earth that it is clearly visible from space

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the passing off of another person's work as one's own

Naphthalene

Naphthalene is the primary ingredient in mothballs

Gas chamber

The gas chamber was originally introduced to provide a more humane method of execution than hanging.

Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was second only to Adolf Hitler in power in Nazi Germany and was the founder and commander of the Nazi concentration camps

Aikido

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

Otis Chandler

Although Otis Chandler made the LA Times great he did not want to become its publisher and he did not want his sons to take over its leadership when he retired.

Joseph Pulitzer

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

War

In accord with Just War theory, wars between nations should be declared by the legitimate government authority

Hijacking

The term hijacking arose in connection with the seizing of liquor trucks during Prohibition in the United States.

Satya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba, who claimed to be an incarnation of God, was renowned for his philanthropic endeavors and promotion of the unity of religions

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo synthesized Eastern and Western thought, teaching about spiritual evolution and the importance of the feminine

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize

Hogan

The Navajo word for hogan (hooghan) means "the place home"

Novatianism

Novatian opposed Pope Cornelius for accepting lapsed Christians, and established himself as antipope

Tabernacle (Judaism)

The Hebrew word for "tabernacle" is "mishkan" which means "Place of [Divine] dwelling"

Keio University

Keio University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, was founded as a school of Western studies

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is famous for patenting the invention of the cotton gin but he made no money from it

Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum is an infamous medieval European treatise that focused on identifying, characterizing, and combating witchcraft

Robot

The history of robots goes back as far as ancient myths and legends

Gilgamesh, Epic of

One of the stories in the Gilgamesh epic directly parallels the story of Noah's Great Flood

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

Social psychology

Social psychology developed as a field separate from the behavioral and psychoanalytic schools that were dominant at the time

Micronesia

Micronesia is one of three major cultural areas in the Pacific Ocean, the other two being Melanesia and Polynesia

Mishima Yukio

Twentieth century Japanese author Mishima Yukio performed "seppuku"-ritual suicide-to end his life

University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is commonly known as "Todai" in Japan, an abbreviation of the Japanese characters that make up "Tokyo Daigaku," the Japanese name of the University

Seoraksan

The Cheonbuldong valley on Seoraksan in South Korea is named for rock formations that look like 1,000 Buddhas