The device, which remains the world's top-selling e-reader, was released in and soon destroyed the competition, with three million units sold by Before Apple stole its thunder in the late s, Nokia was of course untouchable and its reliable handset, which launched in , went on to sell in the hundreds of millions. Cutting-edge features like predictive texting and customizable ringtones cemented the cellphone's success. Earlier on in the decade, cellphones were the preserve of hotshot executives, while everyone else, particularly in North America, relied on a pager like the Motorola Bravo to communicate on the move.
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Yet by the s, only doctors and drug dealers were still using the things. If you were a kid in the s, there's a strong chance you owned one of these digital handheld pets, which no doubt died on you far too many times to count. The fad, which kicked off in , spilled over into the s. By , over 76 million Tamagotchis had been sold worldwide.
The Ford Taurus was North America's best-selling car for most of the s, standing its ground until , when Toyota muscled in to take the top spot. Across the pond in the UK, another Ford car reigned supreme, the compact Fiesta.
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While it was first published in , Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist wasn't a global sensation until the s. The best-selling novel of the decade, a total of 65 million copies of the allegorical tale were sold from to A resounding success, over 70 million were sold by , making the PlayStation the most popular console of the decade.
Sony may have dominated the home video game console market, but Nintendo's Game Boy was the king of the portable consoles during the decade.
Debuting in , the must-have gizmo was super-popular in the s, with a total of Before the Game Boy arrived on the scene, the Walkman was the portable gadget du jour. The most popular model, the WM-2, was launched in All in all, Sony sold 1. Overall cassette Walkman sales have topped million units worldwide. Not the most glamorous of vehicles by a long stretch, the reliable car clearly made up in popularity what it lacked in style.
You couldn't move for these things in the s — If you didn't own one, it's likely at least one of your friends did. Baffling kids the world over, the Rubik's Cube craze really did take the planet by storm in the early s. In fact, from to alone, over million were sold. An equally frenzied craze, Cabbage Patch Kids featured in many a letter to Santa in the s and fights even broke out in toy stores as parents fought to get their hands on the coveted dolls.
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In total, 65 million Cabbage Patch Kids were 'adopted' during the decade. Old-school computing heaven, the Commodore 64 was North America's top-selling PC during the s, with 17 million units sold. Over in Europe, the ZX Spectrum ruled the roost. Its total sales amounted to around five million. The Nintendo Entertainment system was the decade's biggest-selling video game console. Just under 62 million units were sold in the s, beating the rival Sega Genesis console by a comfortable 31 million. Super Mario Bros. Every nerd's most-wanted toy, the educational gadget with the robotic voice sold like hot cakes after it made a star appearance in 's E.
Fun Fact : Bethany was a town at the foot of the Mount of Olives where Jesus stayed the week prior to his crucifixion with Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Fun Fact : Candace makes an appearance as the queen of the Ethiopians in Acts. The apostle Philip converts and baptizes her chief of the treasury.
Fun Fact : Chloe is mentioned in 1 Corinthians as a leading early Christian woman in Corinth, Greece, where the name was popular in ancient times as well as today. Fun Fact : Two Deborahs make an appearance in the Bible. In Genesis, Deborah is the nurse of Rebecca. In the Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroic prophetess who forms an army to combat the Canaanites. Fun Fact : Delilah is a villain in the Book of Judges, where she gets mighty Samson to tell her that the source of his strength is his hair.
Then she has his hair cut and he is turned over to the Philistines. Her abduction and rape led to retribution of the crime by her two older brothers. In the s, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. She overcame many obstacles and, along with her sister who was also a physician, opened a medical college in New York City.
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Fun Fact : Queen Esther of Persia has an entire book of the Hebrew Bible named after her, and the annual feast of Purim is in memory of how she was able to prevent the slaughter of Jews in Persia. Fun Fact : Eve is the first woman, and therefore the first female name mentioned in the Bible. Fun Fact : Hagar was the servant of Sarah and was given to Abraham so he could have a child. Her son, Ishmael, is honored in Islam as an ancestor of Muhammad.
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Her search for water when abandoned by Abraham is reenacted as part of the Hajj pilgrimage. An angel caused water to spring out at what is now the Zamzam Well, next to the Kaaba in Mecca. Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, after Deborah defeats the Canaanite army, its captain takes refuge in the tent of Heber the Kenite, whose wife Jael kills the captain with a tent peg.
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Fun Fact : Jemimah was one of the three daughters of Job. The name is no longer used in the U. The diminutives are used instead. Fun Fact : In the Gospel of Luke, Joanna is one of the women who discovers that Jesus' tomb is empty when she and Mary Magdalene come to anoint the body. She is a daring widow who infiltrates the camp of Assyrian general Holofernes and decapitates him, saving Israel. Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Kezia was the second of the three daughters of Job born after the end of his suffering. Fun Fact : Leah was the first wife of Jacob and six of her sons became leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Fun Fact: Maria is the usual form of the name Mary, and is used in most European languages. Fun Fact: Mary is an English form of Maria. Fun Fact : Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron and was a teacher and prophetess.
She kept busy cooking and cleaning while Mary sat and was taught by Jesus. She has since been associated with the helping professions. She saved him when Saul tried to have him killed. The devotion of Ruth to Naomi is exemplary. Naomi changed her name to Mara bitter when her husband and sons died. Fun Fact: In the Old Testament, Noa was one of the five daughters of Zelophehad who successfully argued that they should be able to inherit their father's holdings, even though that was against tradition.
Moses ruled that they could do so if they married within their tribe, which as also not customary. Oprah is a variant considered to be a misspelling. Fun Fact: In the New Testament, a humorous story is related about a servant girl named Rhoda who was living in the house of the mother of John Mark the evangelist.
When Peter is unexpectedly released from prison, he goes to that house and knocks on the door. Rhoda is so startled to hear he is at the door that she runs to tell her mistress without opening the door. Fun Fact : Heroine of the Book of Ruth, Ruth is loyal to her mother-in-law after her husband's death. She is an ancestor of King David. One is the mother of apostles James and John, who was also one of the three women who discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead.
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The other was the step-daughter of King Herod who requested that John the Baptist be beheaded. God promised they would have children, which made her laugh as she was past menopause and childless. The Bible says she didn't conceive until she was is 90 years old. Fun Fact : Selah was not used as a name in the Bible, but it appears dozens of times as a musical notation in Psalms.
Fun Fact : Shiloh was a place name in the Bible and might refer to the Messiah. In the U.