Your comprehensive guide to the best that Scotland has to offer us all.
Believe it or not, the Scots have done a lot more for the world than just make some baller whisky and bless us with bagpipe covers of pop songs (see: The Red Hot Chili Pipers). Although it has a population of just five million, Scotland has made its mark on everything from art to medicine. Here are ten reasons to thank your nearest Scot.
1. Supply and Demand
If you failed your introductory Econ course, you can blame Scot Adam Smith who basically invented the whole blasted field. Bad for our GPAs, good for our understanding of the world.
2. Advances in surgery
Hey, do you enjoy not dying from infection after surgery? Thank Joseph Lister, who developed antiseptic surgery techniques while at the University of Glasgow.
3. Sherlock Holmes
The famed detective is British, but his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is Scottish, and he based the character on one of his professors at The University of Edinburgh.
4. Literature in general
Robert Burns, one of the most famous poets of all time, Sir Walter Scott, the ultrapopular novelist, and J.K. Rowling, who wrote about wizards or something, all hail from Scotland.
5. Weird systems of temperature measurement
Actually, U of Glasgow-bred Lord Kelvin did a lot more than lend his name to an obscure temperature scale; he was a huge pioneer in the field of thermodynamics
The Glasgow Boys, or “The Boys,” as they embarrassingly referred to themselves, were a group of innovative eighteenth or nineteenth-century artists who made a worldwide splash
7. Scottish accents
Och aye, yer aff yer heid—if you don’t think this accent is wonderful.
8. The world’s best aquatic monster
Has any creature of the deep captured hearts like Nessie? Bigfoot can’t hold a candle to her.
9. Scotch Whisky
Yeah, you knew it would make the list. The earliest distillery records in Scotland date back to 1494 and the most recent whisky consumption records date to us, five minutes ago.
10. The song “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers
Screw it, this should be number one. Not many countries can claim a jam so singable we’ve been singing it at the top of our lungs for decades. Honestly, Scotland, we’re forever in your debt for this one.
Mia is packing up her set of all seven Harry Potter books and the collected James Joyce before heading o to the U.K., and then getting realistic and replacing them with a flashlight and extra underwear. She plans to find out exactly how much beer is in a pint while gallivanting around Ireland and aspires to show her parents that she is putting her (forthcoming) English degree to use by communing with Shakespeare’s homeland. When she’s not making plans to get the royal family to adopt her, she enjoys drinking coffee and talking about the severity of her coffee addiction.