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Shoes
A SHOE is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while the wearer is doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration and fashion . The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Additionally, fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear in the 2010s varies widely in style, complexity and cost. Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and simple strap and be sold for a low cost. High fashion shoes made by famous designers may be made of expensive materials, use complex construction and sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars a pair. Some shoes are designed for specific purposes, such as boots designed specifically for mountaineering or skiing
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Maasai People
The MAASAI ( Kenyan English : ) are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting southern Kenya
Kenya
and northern Tanzania
Tanzania
. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes , and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak the Maa language (ɔl Maa), a member of the Nilo-Saharan family that is related to Dinka and Nuer . They are also educated in the official languages of Kenya
Kenya
and Tanzania, Swahili and English . The Maasai population has been reported as numbering 841,622 in Kenya
Kenya
in the 2009 census, compared to 377,089 in the 1989 census. The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs
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Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (/dʒəˈruːsələm/ ; Hebrew
Hebrew
: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‬ Yerushaláyim ; Arabic : القُدس‎ al-Quds ) is a city in the Middle East
Middle East
, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea
Dead Sea
. It is one of the oldest cities in the world , and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions Judaism
Judaism
, Christianity
Christianity
and Islam
Islam
. Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem
Jerusalem
as their capital , as Israel
Israel
maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine
State of Palestine
ultimately foresees it as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally
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Rawhide (textile)
RAWHIDE is a hide or animal skin that has not been exposed to tanning . It is similar to parchment , much lighter in color than leather made by traditional vegetable tanning. The skin from buffalo , deer , elk or cattle from which most rawhide originates is prepared by removing all fur , meat and fat . The hide is then usually stretched over a frame before being dried. The resulting material is hard and translucent. It can be shaped by rewetting and forming before being allowed to thoroughly re-dry. It can be rendered more pliable by 'working', i.e. bending repeatedly in multiple directions, often by rubbing it over a post, sometimes traditionally by chewing. It may also be oiled or greased for a degree of waterproofing. USESIt is often used for objects such as whips , drumheads or lampshades , and more recently, chew toys for dogs
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Sisal
SISAL
SISAL
(/ˈsaɪsəl/ , Spanish: ), with the botanical name AGAVE SISALANA, is a species of Agave
Agave
native to southern Mexico
Mexico
but widely cultivated and naturalized in many other countries. It yields a stiff fibre used in making various products. The term sisal may refer either to the plant's common name or the fibre, depending on the context. It is sometimes referred to as "sisal hemp", because for centuries hemp was a major source for fibre, and other fibre sources were named after it. The sisal fibre is traditionally used for rope and twine , and has many other uses, including paper , cloth , footwear , hats , bags , carpets , and dartboards
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Twine
TWINE is a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarns twisted, and then twisted together. More generally, the term can be applied to a cord . Natural fibres used for making twine include cotton , sisal , jute , hemp , henequen , and coir . A variety of synthetic fibres are also used. APPLICATIONS This section IS IN A LIST FORMAT THAT MAY BE BETTER PRESENTED USING PROSE . You can help by converting this section to prose, if appropriate . Editing help is available
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Papyrus
PAPYRUS /pəˈpaɪrəs/ is a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as writing surface . It was made from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus
Cyperus papyrus
, a wetland sedge . Papyrus
Papyrus
(plural: papyri) can also refer to a document written on sheets of such material, joined together side by side and rolled up into a scroll , an early form of a book. An official letter on a papyrus of the 3rd century BCE Papyrus
Papyrus
is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt (at least as far back as the First Dynasty ), as the papyrus plant was once abundant across the Nile Delta
Nile Delta
. It was also used throughout the Mediterranean region and in the Kingdom of Kush
Kingdom of Kush

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Ancient Egypt
ANCIENT EGYPT was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa , concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile
Nile
River in the place that is now the country Egypt
Egypt
. Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt
Egypt
and coalesced around 3100 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology
Egyptian chronology
) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt
Egypt
under Menes (often identified with Narmer
Narmer
). The history of ancient Egypt
Egypt
occurred as a series of stable kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods: the Old Kingdom of the Early Bronze Age , the Middle Kingdom of the Middle Bronze Age
Middle Bronze Age
and the New Kingdom of the Late Bronze Age
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North America
NORTH AMERICA is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere
Western Hemisphere
; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas
Americas
. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean
, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
, and to the southeast by South America
South America
and the Caribbean Sea
Caribbean Sea
. North America
North America
covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface
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Bison
B. bison B. bonasus †B. antiquus †B. latifrons †B. occidentalis †B. palaeosinensis †B. priscus †B.schoetensacki BISON are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison
Bison
within the subfamily Bovinae
Bovinae
. Two extant and six extinct species are recognised. Of the six extinct species, five went extinct in the Quaternary extinction event . Bison palaeosinensis evolved in the Early Pleistocene
Pleistocene
in South Asia
South Asia
, and was the evolutionary ancestor of B. priscus (steppe bison ), which was the ancestor of all other Bison
Bison
species. From 2 MYA to 6,000 BCE , steppe bison ranged across the mammoth steppe , inhabiting Europe and northern Asia with B. schoetensacki (woodland bison), and North America with B. antiquus , B. latifrons , and B. occidentalis . The last species to go extinct, B
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Indigenous Peoples Of The Americas
The INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS are the pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas
Americas
and their descendants. Indígenas or pueblos indígenas ("indigenous peoples") is a common term in Spanish-speaking countries , and pueblos nativos or nativos (lit. "native peoples" in the sense of descendants of non-immigrants) may also be heard, while aborigen (aborigine) is used in Argentina
Argentina
, and pueblos aborígenes (aboriginal peoples) is common in Chile
Chile
. The term "Amerindian" (short for "'Indians of the Americas") is used in Quebec
Quebec
, the Guianas , and the English-speaking Caribbean
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Flip-flops
FLIP-FLOPS are a type of sandal typically worn as a form of casual wear. They consist of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap known as an upper that passes between the first and second toes and around both sides of the foot. This style of footwear has been worn by the people of many cultures throughout the world, originating as early as the ancient Egyptians in 1,500 B.C. The modern flip-flop descends from the Japanese zōri , which became popular after World War II
World War II
when soldiers returning to the United States
United States
brought them back. They became popular unisex summer footwear starting in the 1960s. CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 History * 3 Design and custom * 4 Health and medical implications and injuries * 5 See also * 6 References ETYMOLOGYThe term flip-flop has been used in American and British English since the 1960's to describe the thong or no-heel-strap sandal
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Yucca
See text. SYNONYMS Clistoyucca (Engelm. ) Trel. Samuela Trel. Sarcoyucca (Engelm.) Linding. YUCCA is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae
Asparagaceae
, subfamily Agavoideae
Agavoideae
. Its 40-50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen , tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers . They are native to the hot and dry (arid ) parts of the Americas
Americas
and the Caribbean
Caribbean
. Early reports of the species were confused with the cassava (Manihot esculenta). Consequently, Linnaeus mistakenly derived the generic name from the Taíno word for the latter, yuca (spelled with a single "c"). It is commonly found growing in rural graveyards and when in bloom the cluster of (usually pale) flowers on a thin stalk appear as floating apparitions
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Hindus
HINDU ( pronunciation (help ·info )) refers to any person who regards themselves as culturally, ethnically, or religiously adhering to aspects of Hinduism
Hinduism
. It has historically been used as a geographical, cultural, and later religious identifier for people indigenous to South Asia . The historical meaning of the term Hindu
Hindu
has evolved with time. Starting with the Persian and Greek references to the land of the Indus
Indus
in the 1st millennium BCE through the texts of the medieval era, the term Hindu
Hindu
implied a geographic, ethnic or cultural identifier for people living in the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
around or beyond the Sindhu ( Indus
Indus
) river. By the 16th century, the term began to refer to residents of the subcontinent who were not Turkic or Muslims
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Marathon
The MARATHON is a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles, or 26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race . The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides , a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants
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Athens
ATHENS (/ˈæθɪnz/ ; Greek : Αθήνα, Athína , Ancient Greek : Ἀθῆναι, Athênai) is the capital and largest city of Greece . Athens
Athens
dominates the Attica
Attica
region and is one of the world\'s oldest cities , with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. Classical Athens
Classical Athens
was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus
Piraeus
, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens
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