Originally posted by Xerxes
Yes this is an epiphany I had over the last month- Scotland has given civilization nothing great and world reknown- paintings, architecture, language, government. Yet everyone brags of their lineage to whatever clan and William Wallace. All they did in history is get in the way of a civilization that actually had an agenda, before being assimilated by that civilization.
scottish inventions/cultural additions/discoveries: adhesive postage stamps, anaesthetics, antisepsis, artificial diamonds, reaping machine, latent heat, Brownian movement, Buicks, chemical bonds, penicillin, the decimal point, documentary films, Encyclopedia Britannica, engineering sciences, fax machines, first cloned mammal, flailing machines, geosciences, golf, historical novels (in the western world), hypodermic syringes, Kelvin scale, percussion powder, logarithms, Maxwell's equations, marmalade, mackintosh raincoats, macadamized roads, microwave ovens, colloid chemistry, breech-loading rifle, tubular steel, quinine, Sociology, pneumatic tyres, pink bathtubs, hollow pipe drainage, Peter Pan, radar, paleobiology, polarization, cure for scurvy, Halloween, refrigerators, Neptune, bakelite, iron bridges (ok, fat lot of good that did us, we're still painting that fucking thing), the steam engine, telephones, thermos flasks/dewars, the telegraph, television, the stereotype (in printing), sulphuric acid, the steam-hammer, paraffin, Sherlock Holmes (based on a scottish professor, if you were wondering about that one), Toad of Toad Hall, Long John Silver, Jekyll and Hyde, Auld Lang Syne, Whisky, US Navy (founded by a scotsman), Chilean Navy (ditto), Economics (adam smith), Cloud Chamber.
that's after removing the ones i found a little dubious from the list, and not mentioning scottish artists through the years. and adam smith was about as english as i am - he comes from my home town, for the love of god.
(edit)and here's some more... "fun" scottish inventions...
(edit2)i think i missed out the internal combustion engine...