There’s an excellent book around, “How Scots Invented the Modern World“.Â A good read.Â The Scots also invented, among a long list of other things,Â the Great Highland Bagpipe (duh), whisky, curling and golf.Â AllÂ seriouslyÂ popular exports in most places I know, especially Canada.Â I don’t get theÂ curling thing so much, I have curled, and it’s sort of fun, but not a pursuit that makes me jump out of bedÂ at the prospect of curling a game (or is it sweeping a game?).Â
Reading my favourite news sites this morning I tripped on an article advocating ear plugs for golfers.Â ApparentlyÂ new-school clubs can make big noise when hitting the ball the right way (something IÂ know very little about).Â It’s the tail-end of the holiday season and I have to think it was a slow news day but still,Â the story made me pause to think of theÂ correlation of Scottish invention and ear plugs.
The pipes, infamously loud, have long been the heroÂ of the ear plug manufacturing industry (I assume there’s an industry).Â Â Whisky, we know, when takenÂ at the right time, the right place, also has the power to make people loud.Â Now golfÂ andÂ ear plugs for golfers!
What is it about Scotland and “loud”?Â
Who knows.Â But the next time you have a reckless un-ear-plugged tune on the pipes, or gameÂ of golf, or, for that matter, be asked by someone to, “turn down thatÂ television“, we really have nothing elseÂ to do but blame the Scots.
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