The National Geographic Society - 901 words
Its right here, was the old guards response when I asked him where I could find the National Geographic Society. Immediately upon entering the gates of the Shura Council Compound, I found a plaque on one of the two buildings indicating it to be the National Geographic Society. I entered the Society and began to analyze all of its aspects to determine whether or not the museum is achieving its purpose of improving the study of geography in Egypt. The National Geographic Society is not fully achieving its purpose due to several reasons. First of all, the lack of advertising is preventing the attraction of more visitors and funding. Secondly, poor organization makes it harder on visitors and re ...
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Salem Witch Trials - 1,393 words
Many of the American colonists brought with them from Europe a belief in witches and the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for being witches and follower of Satan. Most of these executions were performed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Mostly all of the accused were women, which makes some modern historians believe that the charges of witchcraft were a way of controlling the women who threatened the power of the men. During the witchcraft trials, hundreds of arrests were made, and some were even put to death on Gallows Hill (Karlsen 145). In 1698, the villagers of Salem won the right to establish their own Church. They chose the Reverend Samuel Parris as their mini ...
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Documentary Review - 618 words
The documentary I watched is about Thaipusam festival. I watched it on National Geographic Channel and was amazed to discover the meaning, the process and the traditions and practices of Thaipusam. It was interesting to watch the procession yet at the same time learn more about it in detail. Every January/February, depending upon the lunar month - on a full-moon day in the Tamil month of Thai, the Hindus will celebrate Thaipusam in honour of their Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam (sometimes referred to as Lord Murugan) who is a son of the Hindu God Shiva. He is believed to represent virtue, youth and power. As mentioned in the documentary, Thaipusam is celebrated in Singapore and also in Malaysia ...
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Waste - 1,261 words
Environmental pollution encompasses the different ways that the human activity damages the natural environment. It can be in the form of an open garbage dump or as simple as a burning house. Pollution can also be invisible, odourless, and tasteless, thus, making environmental pollution one of the most serious and insidious problems facing humanity and other life forms today. One of the chief sources and most visible forms of environmental pollution is solid waste. In order to reduce solid wastes, one has to understand the sources and volumes of solid waste generated by humans, and then the impacts and handling of the solid wastes. Only then can one begin to propose solutions to this environm ...
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Graham Bell - 1,134 words
Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was educated there and at the University of London. He studied under his grandfather, Alexander Bell, a well known speech teacher. (Robert V. Bruce, Bell) His mother, Elisa Grace Symonds, was a portrait painter and a musician. His father, Alexander Melville, Bell, taught deaf-mutes to speak and wrote textbooks on correct speech. He invented Visible Speech, a code of symbols that indicated position of the throat, tongue, and lips in making sounds. (World Book Bell and his brothers helped their father in demonstrations of Visible Speech, Beginning in 1962. He also became a student-teacher at West House, a b ...
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An Analogy Of Civilized Man To Primitive Man - 1,103 words
... terlife. ( The Book Of The Ancient World, p 25 ) The word government comes from the Latin word, gubernare, which means, to steer a ship. Among primitive people that live today, the leader may be only the oldest person in the tribe, and therefore respected. People tend to follow those that are respected. ( The Third Chimpanzee, p 220 ) It might be that the leader of an early culture might well have been the best hunter, organizer and the strongest man in the village. In ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, just to name a few, the kings or rulers were anointed as God-Kings. It is not unthinkable to consider that somewhere in early human development, the duties and responsibilities of the ...
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The Advancement Of The Mayan Civilization - 1,382 words
The highly advanced citizens of the ancient Mayan civilization used hieroglyphics to keep important historical records, made many advancements in mathematics, and had a highly accurate astronomy system. Throughout their years of existence, the Mayans proved to be one of the most advanced civilizations ever recorded. Their hieroglyphic writing skills have been documented to be some of the most sophisticated in all of ancient America. The Mayans also had an amazing understanding of mathematics and the workings of the universe. They have, through these things and more, to be on of the most advanced ancient civilizations in all of the world. The Mayan civilization had a rich and interesting hist ...
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Alcatraz - 1,307 words
Alcatraz Island was opened from 1934 to 1963. At that time it was the last stop in the federal penitentiary pipeline. It housed famous criminals such as Al Scarface Capone, George Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Stroud, The Birdman of Alcatraz (American Automobile Association 81). The warden, James Johnston, turned it into such a brutal place that even the most hardened criminals started calling it Hellcatraz. That raises the question was Alcatrazs brutality essential, or just plain cruel? Located on a twenty-two acre island in San Francisco Bay, about a half mile off shore (National Geographic), Alcatraz was built out of an old military fort. It consisted of a cellhouse, the old fort, work bu ...
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Alexander The Great - 771 words
Alexander III, king of Macadonia from 336 until his death in 323 B.C. continues to be the subject of study and debate into the 21st centruy A.D.. Some scholars have devoted their lives to the man who was king, king of kings, and a god in his lifetime. The scarce evidence tantalized and invited speculation and theory. He has been pictured as everything from an alcoholic, homosexual, mass murderer, to the precursor of Christ sent to bring brotherly love to the world. He has been a Christain saint, an Islamic prophet, and a benefactor of the Jews. He remains a folk hero from Sophia to Kabul. To this day his name is invoked for good luck. For centuries Alexander has been erroneously judged by st ...
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Makah Indians And Whaling - 1,212 words
... he loss of our traditional seafood and sea mammal diet. We also believe that the problems troubling our young people stem from lack of discipline and pride. And we hope that resuming whaling will help The only chance of survival for the hundreds of Native American cultures is tradition. Being a people whose histories were recorded orally until only recently in history, tradition is rooted in the memory of the people. In the Makah memory tradition is the whale hunt. To the environmentalist the whale hunt is where it belongs, in the memory. The whale hunt to them is nothing but commercial exploitation, killing for a profit. Indeed, there is a profit in whaling. The Makah have shown interes ...
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Machu Picchu - 1,813 words
M A C H U P I C C H U E X A M I N E D High in the Peruvian Andes are ancient ruins located near the headwaters of the Amazon River. In recent years, these ruins have seen an increase in tourist visitations. So what has caused the increase of people to a remote area in the eastern Andes above the Rio Urubamba? It is Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu the city built by the Inca during the 1400s, was brought to the worlds attention by Hiram Bingham. This site contains numerous interesting objects the skillful Inca constructed from stone. After taking into account what is at Machu Picchu, one can see what lures hordes of individuals to this lost city in the mountains. Machu Picchu was built after Pachac ...
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Brigham Young - 788 words
"Whenever I see a pretty woman I have to pray for grace." - a quote from the founder and first Prophet of the Mormon Church and predecessor of the Great Prophet Brigham Young. Brigham Young was a very much-disliked person in his time but was also a praised person in his religion. A practical man of enormous common sense, he marched his people to the Rockies, directed the establishment of more than 325 western towns, built railroads, constructed stores, erected factories, brought Utah tens of thousands of immigrants, and created the superbly organized and brilliantly administered missionary system that brings well over one hundred thousand new members into the Mormon church each year. Reasons ...
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Evolution A Theory - 1,144 words
... p after all the animals, the work load was considerably reduced by the fact that the animals were kept in the dark and therefore entered into a state of hibernation. The earth's human population and all present-day species of birds and land animals are all descendants of the Noah's ark survivors. There have been numerous aerial sightings and eyewitness accounts of persons who have actually seen the ark close up on the slopes Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. Constructing a wooden ship the size of the ark in times of antiquity would require an enormous expenditure of labor and materials. Where did Noah, by all accounts an ordinary man, obtain the Wooden ships do not withstand violent wind a ...
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Population - 1,508 words
A population according to the funk and Wangnall Dictionary is a grouping of individuals subject to the processes of birth, death, and migration.. During the first 2 million years of our history the human population had very little effect upon the overall world ecosystem, with no more than 10 million members. In the New Stone Age, less than 10,000 years ago, the number of humans began to increase more rapidly. By the beginning of the Christian era it had reached 250 million, and by the year 1650 CE up to half a billion(Internet Source)Reproduction resulted un having children which were perfect for doing farmwork, collecting dowry and starting family. By 2030,the population is projected to hit ...
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Effects Of Alcohol - 981 words
Australian industry loses more than one billion dollars a year because of sickness caused by alcohol. Alcohol plays a part in more than 50% of serious crimes in Australia. In violent crimes it plays an even bigger part: more than 75% of them are linked to alcohol. About half of the people killed in road accidents are killed because somebody has drunk to much. Effects of alcohol on human behaviour From the above facts it is clear that alcohol has a major impact on the lives of Australians. This is particularly more so because it is not illegal and because it is so widely used. The effects of alcohol on a individual's body vary according to: (2) the individual's body (size weight, health). the ...
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If Capitol Walls Could Talk - 2,386 words
... upuy du Lome was forced to resign over the matter, and tensions between the US and Spain increased. Six days after Hearst published the Lome letter, the USS Maine sailed into Havana harbor. The surprised Spanish, who had only been given a few hours notice that the Maine was coming, were quite upset. Although the Maine claimed to be on a friendly mission, it was a powerful warship. The Spanish authorities felt that the US was trying to intimidate them and was interfering with Spanish sovereignty by trying to affect Spanish policy toward the Cuban insurrectos. On February 15, 1898, in an event that still remains a mystery, the Maine suddenly exploded as it sailed around Havana harbor. This ...
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Children Smiling - 1,539 words
In every crisis situationwhether war, deep poverty, or natural disasterchildren are the greatest victims. They are the weakest physically; therefore they are the first to succumb to disease or starvation. Due to their age, they are incapable of understanding why they are forced out of their homes, why their neighbors have gone against them, or why they are forced in to refugee camps with no explanation. With no responsibility for their fates, they are by definition innocent. They are full of energy, unless they are seriously ill, and are willing to smile at all costs. From my personal experience in Botswana, the children are more visible than adults, and are more readily accepting of being p ...
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Avalanch - 1,836 words
... cause slab avalanches. The people do others things on the mountain, like cause loud noises and other things that they just don't realize they did to tell others what might have caused the avalanche. The truth is that most of the avalanches are cause by the victims. It is said that 90% of avalanches are cause by the victims. (About Avalanches) There are things a person can do to prevent being caught in an avalanche. One thing is keep a close watch on the weather and get the forecast before you go climbing. Do not climb or ski if there is a storm coming or it is drifting. Be watching the temperature because that makes the snow loose or hard. If the snow gets to 0 degrees o day it will be ...
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Genghis Kahn - 1,120 words
Genghis Khan was considered a great military leader. And in many ways he was. Genghis Khan didnt use the size of his army to defeat an enemy. He used logic and cunning. This was one of the traits that made Genghis Khan as well known as he was. Genghis Khan was born and raised on the Mongolian steppe some time in the 1160s.(Boyle 623) After his father, Yesugei, was killed by a rival tribe named the Tartars, Genghis and his brother Qasar, and his two half-brothers, Bektair and Belgutai were left with their mother Holun. Life on the steppe was hard, especially in the winter time, and Temujin, (Genghis Khans original name before he was elected Khan; meaning Universal Ruler), and his brothers bar ...
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Goverment Cover Ups - 1,464 words
There has always been a big controversy over weather there really are extra-terrestrials, and flying saucers. UFO is another way to sum up both of these. Remember that UFO means unidentified flying object. It does not stand for alien. There has also been a lot of speculation about there really being aliens and the government keeping the citizens in the dark for various reasons. Howard Blum had an interesting way of looking at the situation. He said, Theyre covering up not what they know, but what they dont know. Theyre embarrassed, and even a little frightened, by their inability to explain certain phenomena (Huyghe 92). Many people take the lite view of things and thinks the government is j ...
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