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26Skara Brae

In 1850, a severe storm in Scotland eroded a hillock, thus revealing "Skara Brae", a well preserved Neolithic settlement.

27. Edinburgh Castle has a cemetery devoted entirely to the dogs of the soldiers who were garrisoned there, and has been used since the 1840's.

28. In 2011, a restaurant named Kismot Restaurant in Edinburgh held a charity hot curry eating contest that resulted in the first 10 contestants writhing in agony, panting, and vomiting, with one contestant being hospitalized twice. The 2nd group of contestants declined to participate.

29. When Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing faced a naked schizophrenic woman rocking silently to and fro in a padded cell, he took off his own clothes and sat next to her, rocking to the same rhythm until she spoke for the first time in months.

30. In 2009, a park ranger named David Booth in Stirling, Scotland, packed up his brand-new metal detector, drove to a field, walked 7 yards (six meters) from his parked car, and scored big. His first sweep yielded 4 gold neck bands, from the first century B.C.—the most important hoard of Iron Age gold found in Scotland to date.

31Sean Connery

If you donate $500 or more to a Scottish heritage foundation, Sir Sean Connery will send you a signed personal letter of thanks.

32. Actress Rose Leslie (Ygritte in Game of Thrones) grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, her family's 15th century ancestral seat in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is a descendant of Charles II.

33. In 1986, at the height of apartheid, Glasgow, Scotland changed the name of the square where the South African consulate-general was based to Nelson Mandela Place, forcing the South African attaché to have to write this address if they wanted to receive mail.

34. A popular dish in Scotland is a frozen pizza that is folded in half, dipped in batter and deep fried. It is usually served with salt and vinegar.

35. The Scots had a tradition of deep frying chicken in fat. Scottish immigrants to America continued the frying chicken tradition and were responsible for its introduction to the African slaves.

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In the 18th century village of Badbea in Scotland (now abandoned), when the women worked, their livestock, and even their children, were tethered to rocks or posts to prevent them from being blown over the cliffs or into the sea by the fierce winds.

37. In 2016, an intricate, 300-year-old map of the world was discovered wedged into a chimney in Aberdeen, Scotland, to stop a draft. It was then sent to the National Library in Scotland for painstaking restoration.

38. Gerard Butler is a trainee lawyer and was President of the Law Society at Glasgow University.

39. The scars on the face of The Joker (The Dark Knight) is a wound called a Glasgow smile. It originated in Glasgow, Scotland but became popular with English street gangs. Actor Tommy Flanagan was given one when he was attacked outside a bar in Scotland.

40. 33% of US Tourists visiting Scotland believe that the Haggis is an actual animal, and a quarter thought they could catch one.

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41Thomas Urquhart

According to legend, Scottish aristocrat Thomas Urquhart died in 1660 from laughing too much, upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.

42. Scottish economist Adam Smith predicted in his book the Wealth of Nations (1776) that, if given representation in Parliament, in a century the Thirteen Colonies would control the British Empire. By 1913, the USA's economy surpassed the entire British Empire.

43. In 1437 at the Blackfriars, Perth, the playing of tennis indirectly led to the death of King James I of Scotland, when the drain outlet, through which he hoped to escape assassins, had been blocked to prevent the loss of tennis balls. James was trapped with the assassins and killed.

44. The "Highland Charge" was a 17th century Scottish tactic of sprinting into musket lines and hacking at the enemy with broadswords as they struggled to fix their bayonets.

45. A Scottish man named Robert Barclay Allardice, walked 1000 miles in 1000 hours to win 1000 guineas. He is considered the father of the 19th century sport of pedestrianism, a precursor to racewalking.

46Heath pea

The "heath pea" is an abundant Scottish plant that, when eaten, effectively stops the sensations of both hunger and thirst for several days.

47. A Scottish funk musician named Jesse Rae dresses as a Scottish Centurion. His career ended largely due to his mistrust of the English.

48. Scottish Town Arnprior painted wiggly lines on a straight road to confuse and slow down fast drivers.

49. A pioneering Scottish surgeon named Robert Liston, known as “the fastest knife in the West End”, once amputated a leg in two-and-a-half minutes, but in his enthusiasm took the patient's testicles off as well.

50. There is a bridge named Overtoun Bridge in Scotland where dogs are known to commit suicide. In the past 50 years, over 50 dogs have visited the bridge and leapt to their death. The reason behind this behavior remains a mystery.


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