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The differences you see between each person are sparks of life and these scattered "points of light" comprise the collective engine that makes the world go-round. Some people will have natural advantages imparted by genes, culture or environment while others will demonstrate enviable resolve, tenacity and creativity to mold their circumstances into a strength. There is inherent beauty and purpose in all!
People are the cure and curse of mankind.
We have the power to unite and the power to divide. It is up to us how we make use of this power.
"You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as the unknown - only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood."|
The benefits extolled by diversity are nascent in our own being. Given the proper nurturing, appreciation and freedom of expression, it is one of the most powerful leveraging tools available to commerce, and mankind. Pique your Curiosity, Compassion and Creativity... "C" to the power of cube where synergy is nurtured yielding results that are far greater than anything any one individual can achieve on their own.
Understanding some of the peculiarities, history, similarities and nuances of people can go a long way in building a bridge of communication and understanding.
Listed below is diverse trivia spanning multiple generations, cultures and faiths. For a unique look at how each person brings a different vantage point to the table check out the Perspectives page. Explore them, share them, inquire about them. In the Inclusion Tips page there are "icebreakers" that you can use to break those odd moments of discomfort in a social setting to spawn meaningful dialogue. Build new friendships, strengthen the team and become the leader you want to be.
- Sears showed that employee attitudes are directly related to customer retention where a 0.05% rate of employee dissatisfaction equaled a 1.3% rate of customer dissatisfaction; this relationship translated into a 0.05% revenue loss, or $200 million in lost sales.
- In India four New Year's dates mark the calendar.
- A smile is the one universal action, the one signal, the one form of communication that is used by every culture in every country.
- Vince Lombardi, the famed Washington Redskins coach, was the son of an immigrant Italian butcher.
- Liquor is forbidden by the Islamic religion and should never be given as a gift or requested to be served.
- Hans Christian Andersen, Cher, Tom Cruise, Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Louganis and Gen. George S. Patton, are (were) all dyslexics.
- on 9/11, 90 nationalities were represented in the 2749 deaths (out of a potential 50-,000) that occurred in the World Trade Center. The grief was shared worldwide.
- In 2008, the world's oldest living man was Japan's Tomoji Tanabe at 113 years old.
- What were those people working on all that time? Pablo Picasso produced 20,000 pieces of art, Einstein wrote more than 240 papers, Bach wrote a cantata every week, Mike Oldfield did 2300 recordings of Tubular Bells, Thomas Edison conducted more than 9,000 experiments to develop the light bulb and over 50,000 experiments to develop the fuel cell.
- Whose playing with technology? By Nov 2011, people around the world had spent an equivalent 200,000 years playing the smart-phone game Angry Birds after its 2000 release.
- Does your credit score reflect your societal contribution? Bankruptcy can happen to anyone. Walt Disney, Larry King, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson and Kim Basinger have all filed for bankruptcy at some stage of their life.
- In China you can say "Thank you" by tapping four fingers down on the table.
- Is formal education everything? US Presidents who never attended college: Grover Cleveland, Abraham Lincoln, Harry S Truman, and George Washington.
- Be careful who you mock. Albert Einstein was dubbed "der Depperte (the dopey one)" while others labeled him as "almost backwards" in his youth because of his difficulty with language which those around him feared he would never learn. One schoolmaster declared that he would never amount to much. Einstein came to believe that his slow verbal development allowed him to observe with wonder the everyday phenomena that others took for granted.
- Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies that originated in India.
- Where is your next market, your next customer, your next friend? ~10 percent of all human beings ever born, are alive at this very moment.
- France is home to the largest Islamic community in Europe
- A gentleman is a man who can disagree without being disagreeable.
- Even the uneducated created a world known the world over. The name for the Australian marsupial Kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with 'Kanguru', which in the native language meant "I don't know."
- Is America's centerpiece built solely by "Americans?" Scottish stonemasons beautified the White House in 1790.
- "Carnival" began as an opportunity for black Trinidadians to mimic and mock the lavishly costumed and masked galas introduced by French Roman Catholic planters. Today, it is celebrated throughout the Caribbean, England, the United States and Canada.
- A red dot worn on the foreheads of married women from India is called a "bindi;" it is a symbol of the universe in the Hindu religion.
- Muslims stop everything 5 times a day to pray.
- A hard-working customer base is around the corner. 50,000 US Latino citizens turn 18 each month.
- Ole Singstad (1882-1969), a Norwegian-American civil engineer, designed the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) Lincoln Tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The tunnel carries almost 120,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest vehicular tunnels in the world.
- In 1976, Sarah Caldwell became the first woman to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
- Sir Isaac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England.
"Science without religion is lame,|
religion without science is blind."
- Forbes Magazine identified 1,226 billionaires in 2012. The richest is a Mexican mogul called Carlos Slim Helu with a net wroth of $69 Billion (ahead of Gates, Buffet and Bloomberg)
- The UK has the highest number of expatriates among developed countries with more than three million British living abroad.
- Ralph V. Giles, President of the Dodge car brand, is a Haitian-American who was responsible for designing the chrysler 300, the luxury sedan and winner of the most new car awards in history.
- Sean Connery has worked as a milkman, coffin-polisher, and builder.
- Richard Branson has started 250+ companies.
- The Pew Research Center indicates that 1 out of every 8 Americans aged 40-60 are both raising a child... and caring for a parent in what is affectionately called the Sandwich generation.
- "Delayer Boom" is the number of American women who decided to have children later in life.
- J. Willard Marriott is the billionaire that began with a root beer soda fountain at 14th Street and Park Road N.W., Washington, DC in 1927.
- More than 80 million baby boomers will file for retirement benefits over the next 20 years, at an average of 10,000 per day
- Maya Ying Lin, a Chinese-American, designed the Vietnam's Veteran Memorial while a senior at Yale University.
- Bill Russell (Muslim), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Muslim) and Michael Jordan (Christian) are 3 African-American NBA players who have won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award 5 times.
- The Japanese blood type theory of personality that a person's ABO blood type is predictive of their personality, character, and compatibility with others is a popular belief in parts of East Asia, including South Korea and China. In all these places, asking someone their blood type is considered as normal as asking their astrological sign. It is also common for Japanese-made video games (especially role-playing games) and the manga series to include blood type with character descriptions.
- Soccer, which originated in England in 1863, and can be further traced back to China, ranks as the most popular sport on a worldwide basis.
- Iranian women must wear head scarves and cover their bodies with loose and shapeless garments so that they remain "as pearls in its shell."
"When we lose the right to be different,|
we lose the privilege to be free."
Charles Evan Hughes
Governor of New York, Chief Justice of the USA
- Abraham Lincoln's grandfather was slain by Indians yet he fought for unity.
- The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime!
- It is impolite to show ones teeth in Japanese culture.
- Rita Moreno, a Hispanic American, has won awards for excellence in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), movies (Oscar) and theater (Tony).
- German chemist Felix Hoffman created aspirin from the chemical Salicylic acid, found in the bark of the willow tree, which was used by the ancient Greeks and Native Americans to counter fever and pain.
- Are you a "lefty?" Gerald Ford, George Bush, Tommy Lasorda, Ted Koppel, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Bill Clinton are all left-handed.
- There are four different generation mindsets in the marketplace. Can you name them? What are some of the intergenerational differences, issues and opportunities?
- Sir Frederick Grant Banting, a Canadian physician and Nobel Laureate is credited with the co-discovery of insulin as a diabetes treatment.
- It is considered a lack of respect and a personal affront to have direct eye contact in Japanese culture. Only an occasional glance into the other person's face is considered polite.
- Salsa is the best selling condiment in the Unites States, ahead of Ketchup
- Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, never attended school and was taught to write by his wife.
- India is the largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world and one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10,000 years old).
"As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future."|
- The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
- All major religions support organ and tissue donations.
- Hispanic buying power is projected to reach $1.3 Trillion in 2015, a cumulative increase of around 25%.
- Can diverse people really work together? More than 10,000 researchers, engineers and students from 60 countries on six continents contribute to the Large Hadron Collider projects 330 feet beneath the border of Switzerland and France.
- The board game Checkers, known as draughts in Great Britain, traces back to 1600 BC in ancient Egypt.
- The banjo originated in Africa and was brought to America in the 17th Century by black slaves.
- Chewing gum, first manufactured in 1870, is a product made from chicle, a form of sapodilla tree sap from Yucatan and Guatemala.
- The main difference between workforces in the US and China revolve around Authority and Individualism views
- Christian Neethling Barnard, a South African surgeon, performed the first human transplant.
- Does size matter? James Madison, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, was the shortest president of the US. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest at six feet, 4 inches.
- Gary Kimovich Kasparov from Russia, at age 22 became the youngest world champion of chess.
- Lewis Waterman, a New York insurance agent, patented the first practical fountain pen.
- The belly dance or "womb dance" was believed to have been practiced not only as a rite of worship with its rippling of abdominal "birthing" muscles but also as a form of childbirth preparation.
- Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese.
- The communication style of Hispanics is much more formal than that of Anglos. Hispanics tend to be very polite, which can be interpreted by Anglos as being subservient or servile.
- The thermometer, invented in 1714 by Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit was a German physicist, born in Poland.
- Pepper, long considered the world's most important spice-flavoring food for over 3000 years is native to India.
- The Chinese Dragon's purpose is to scare away evil spirits at weddings, New Year's festivities and other important Chinese events.
- Ralph Teetor, a prolific (and blind) inventor, invented the cruise control. Teetor, blind since the age of five, built his first car, a one-cylinder, by the age of 12. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His first job post-graduation was to develop technology for steam turbine rotors used in torpedo boat destroyers during World War I.
- Groundhog day is a holiday custom brought to America from Great Britain and Germany.
- In Latino society, family or group needs take precedence over the needs of the individual.
"America's history is distinguished by its adventurous spirit, never satisfied with the stautus quo, always believing it can be better."|
Former VP, Global Diversity, Dell
- The 13th century poet Saint Gyandev, from India, created the game of snakes & ladders. It was originally called "Mokshapat." The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same (i.e. good deeds take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births).
- It is considered rude, offensive and having a lack of interest if direct eye contact is not given in the United States in social and business situations.
- Mormons in the United States say that if a woman has a bad complexion during pregnancy she is carrying a girl who is taking beauty from her mother.
- Flamenco is the style of music, song and dance developed in a region of Spain (Andalusia) that has influences from Arabs and Gypsies.
- The US Capitol architect, Benjamin Latrobe born in Leeds-England, offered his Italian sculptors and stone carvers $3 a day plus travel expenses to work on the Capitol.
- Biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest:
The tap dance is a combination of the Irish solo step, the English clog dance and African dance movements.
Chocolate is a tasty treat made from the cacao bean, which was brought to Europe by the Spaniards who learned its use from the Aztecs.
Can a disability stop you? Louis Braille was blind from the age of three yet he became famous in Paris as an organist. As a teacher, he conceived the idea of embossed dots and dashes (used for coded army messages) to enable the blind to read.
The US Census Bureau coined the term Hispanic to refer to those of Spanish ancestry in the United States.
Shoes are still tied to the rear of the bride and groom's car on their wedding day in parts of Europe to signify many children.
Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 BC from a concoction of milk and rice packed in snow.
In Singapore, chewing gum in public, spitting on the sidewalk and "cigarette butt" littering is against the law and can result in heavy fines.
A Chinese host may not greet you with a smile, as keeping emotions inside instead of showing them outwardly, is the basis of Chinese culture.
Blue and White are the two Chinese colors for mourning.
The Siesta in Spain allows families to be together during the main meal of the day, and includes time for a nap.
Coffee and alcohol are two drinks Mormons do not drink.
Reggae music was heavily influenced by the Rastafarian religion.
Spanish words are spelled exactly how they sound. That is why it only takes Spanish-speaking children about a year to master spelling.
In 1899, A.J. Burr, an African-American inventor patented the lawn mower.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the son of Mormon Danish immigrants, symbolized Lincoln's incomplete life by purposely leaving his left ear missing from the marble head of Abraham Lincoln in the Capitol Rotunda.
The "Namaste" greeting in India means "I bow to the divine in you."
In Germany, a man walks on the left side of a woman when walking together because he wants to be closest to her heart, which is on her left side.
In Canada it is considered bad manners to eat while on the street.
Native American culture's stew of hot peppers and vegetables is now known as "Chili con Carne."
Pretzels, a food shaped into the form of two arms crossed in prayer, was originally created by Christians in the Roman Empire to remind them that Lent was a season of penance and devotion.
In many countries the pig is a symbol of good luck and is a favorite food for New Year's dinner. The custom arose because a pig roots in a forward direction, a symbol of "fat future." Those eating turkey, goose or other fowl will not prosper during the year, since fowl scratch backward in search of food.
Adolphe Sax, a Belgian inventor of musical instruments is the creator of the saxophone and the Tuba.
Ralph Samuelson, an eighteen-year-old from Minnesota, proposed the idea that if you could ski on snow, then you could ski on water. He invented waterskiing in 1922.
The California grape and wine industries were started by Count Agoston Haraszthy de Moksa, who planted Tokay, Zinfandel, and Shiras varieties from his native Hungary in Buena Vista in 1857.
The Muslim greeting "salaam alaykum" means "Peace be with you."
Jacques Yves Cousteau designed the aqualung or SCUBA gear (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) when he was a naval officer during World War II.
The cow is considered a sacred animal and must not be harmed with Hindus and some Buddhists; therefore they do not eat this kind of meat.
Young boys in the Masai tribe of East Africa wear dreadlocks (hairstyle) as a symbol of their passage into manhood.
All Uranus' satellites are named after Shakespearean characters.
The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
The sombrero is the Mexican broad-brimmed hat used to shield wearers of the intensely hot sun.
The Scottish immigrants imported the Scottish sports golf and curling to America.
Silk, one of the oldest known textile fibers, originated in China.
In Latin America, when a toast is made and the glasses are raised, the word "Salud" conveys "health!"
The Jewish phrase "L'Chaim" means "To Life."
Tiger Woods is the youngest Masters Golf Tournament champion at 21 years, 3 months and 14 days. His name at birth was Eldrick Tont Woods and he is half Asian (one-quarter Chinese and one-quarter Thai), one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American, and one-eighth Dutch.
Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.
King George I of England could not speak English. He was born and raised in Germany and never learned to speak English even though he was King from 1714 to 1727. He left the running of the country to his ministers thereby creating the first government cabinet.
Backgammon is the oldest board game in recorded history and is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia, an ancient region in present day Iraq.
The wealthy can afford the world's costliest coffee, Kopi Luwak, at $130 a pound. The coffee's unique flavor is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet or other monkeys. The digestion process renders an aromatic coffee that is not bitter. We need to thank the plantation workers who track the monkeys poop and sort out the beans.
The burnoose is a white loose fitting robe that is worn by Arabs in the Middle East for staying cool. It covers the body to protect against wind and sand.
Standard or Mandarin Chinese is the language spoken by the most people in the world.
The roots of Connecticut, Illinois and Idaho state names were derived from Native American names: Quonoktacut, E-dah-hoe and Illini respectively.
French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian are called Romance language because they all developed from Latin, the language of the Romans.
Ancient Jewish custom requires a father to plant a cedar sapling for a male child born during the year and a cypress for a female child. At the time of marriage, the trees would be cut down and used as posts for the traditional wedding canopy.
Since Hindus don't eat beef, the McDonald's in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton.
China's Beijing Duck Restaurant can seat 9,000 people at one time.
Sir Thomas Crapper, attributed to inventing the flush toilet, was a nephew of Queen Elizabeth.
You share your birthday, on average, with at least eighteen million other people around the world.
Lei Yixin (Chinese) is the Martin Luther King Memorial sculptor.
The four presidential heads of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt were sculpted on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota by (John) Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (1867 - 1941), the son of Mormon Danish immigrants. Work began in the summer of 1927 and dragged on for 14 years, its cost escalating to $1 million. He died in 1941 shortly before it was completed. His son oversaw the final work.
California's Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11 years-old.
During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
The average person spends two weeks of his/her life waiting for a traffic light to change.
About 18 percent of animal owners share their bed with their pet.
Gandhi covered the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA as a newspaper reporter.
Thailand means "Land of the Free."
On average, you'll spend a year of your life looking for misplaced objects.
Women will influence the purchase of $15 trillion in goods by 2014, according to Boston Consulting Group. As of 2012, women control 70% of online purchases worldwide, according to Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer, a digital media company.
The new space-age headquarters of the African Union based in Ethiopia - the continent's most important regional body - was designed, funded and built by China as a 'gift' to Africa.
Have you ever consumed an energy drink? Thank Chaleo Yoovidhya, a self-made Thai billionaire who co-founded the globally popular Red Bull brand.
Wedding Traditions from around the world
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- A single pond in Brazil can sustain a greater variety of fish than is found in all of Europe's rivers.
- A 25-acre plot of rainforest in Borneo may contain more than 700 species of trees - a number equal to the total tree diversity of North America.
- A single rainforest reserve in Peru is home to more species of birds than are found in the entire United States.
- One single tree in Peru was found to harbor forty-three different species of ants - a total that approximates the entire number of ant species in the British Isles.
- The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
- Rainforests currently provide sources for one-fourth of today-s medicines, and 70 percent of the plants found to have anticancer properties are found only in the rainforest.
- The rainforest and its immense undiscovered biodiversity hold the key to unlocking tomorrow's cures for devastating diseases.
- Since Amazonian Indians are often the only ones who know both the properties of these plants and how they can best be used, their knowledge is now considered an essential component of all efforts to conserve and develop the rainforest. Since failure to document this lore would represent a tremendous economic and scientific loss to the industrialized world, the bioprospectors are now working side by side with the rainforest tribal shamans and herbal healers to learn the wealth of their plant knowledge.
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The eyes believe themselves; the ears other people.
We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions.
Dwight Morrow, American businessman, ambassador and senator
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright
In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words; people, product and profits. People come first.
Lee Iaccoca, American businessman
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic Missionary
Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
Jean de la Fontaine, French poet
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so.
Mark Twain, American author and humorist
If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking.
General George Patton Jr, World War II US Army Commander
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
Dudley Field Malone, American statesman and lawyer
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, Russian writer and pacifist
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American author and humorist
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America - there are no "white" or "colored" signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
John F. Kennedy, 35th US President
I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philospher
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish satirist and essayist
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher
When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen you often learn something.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold onto two opposed ideas at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian pacifist and leader
I am more of a sponge than an inventor. I absorb ideas from every source. My principal business is giving commercial value to brilliant but misdirected ideas of others.
Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman
If we always view it from the same perspective, we will tend to notice the same things.
Frans Johansson, Author and businessman
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian physiologist
One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
Victor Hugo, French playwright and activist
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist
The rich would have to eat money, but luckily the poor provide food.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard, American writer and philosopher