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Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries

Golden Horde

The Golden Horde was a Mongol state established in the thirteenth century after the break up of the Mongol Empire

John Logie Baird

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird was the first to demonstrate a working television


Violin makers are called "luthiers"


Goliath, champion warrior of the Philistines, was reputed to be over nine feet tall yet he was defeated by the young Israelite boy David, who later became king

Phineas T. Barnum

P.T. Barnum used entertainment not only as a money-making venture but also to explore social issues, challenging racism and prejudice


Kanji are the Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geographical and historical isolation of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has resulted in the development an ecosystem with unique floral and faunal habitats


The Spanish term "Negrito" (little black) refers to pygmy populations in Asia


Plain round halos typically have been used to signify saints and angels while square halos were sometimes used for the living

Electron microscope

The first electron microscope prototype was built in 1931 by German engineers Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll


Polyandry, the form of polygamy in which a woman is married to more than one husband, is the least frequent form of marriage in human society


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


There are millions of asteroids in the Solar System

Akkadian Empire

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

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison was the first Protestant missionary to China, baptizing ten converts over a period of 27 years


The name Boudica means Victoria in English

Flag of India

The Flag of India has at its center the Ashoka Chakra, taken from the Lion Capital of Asoka sculpture

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was a founder of the Kit-Kat Club an English club in London with strong political and literary associations


Ancient Egyptians mummified cats and crocodiles as well as people


The town of Orono in Maine takes its name from the great Penobscot chief or sagamore, Joseph Orono

Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine has been ironically summarized in Latin America as "America for the Americans"

Black Hills

The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota "Pahá Sápa" - "hills that are black"

Bob Hope

Bob Hope is recognized as "The Most Honored Entertainer" by The Guinness Book of World Records

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

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

John Rolfe

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

Andre Malraux

André Malraux won the Goncourt Prize for French literature for his novel "La Condition humaine" ("Man's Fate")


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

Indus River

The Indus is the most important river in Pakistan providing essential water for its economy

Abnormal psychology

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


The name Beijing literally means "northern capital"


News-oriented journalism has been described as the "first rough draft of history"


Dwarves are famed miners and metalsmiths, and some myths suggest they have the ability to forge magical items.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

During Mohammad Reza Shah's reign, Iran celebrated 2,500 years of continuous monarchy since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great

Saudi Arabia

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

Axial Age

Many of the great philosophers and religious leaders including Confucius, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Zarathustra flourished at roughly the same time, a period called the Axial Age by Karl Jaspers

United Nations

The United Nations was established after World War II for the purpose of securing world peace


There was no formal scientific definition of "planet" until 2006


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