Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DDYK 12/16 - Bagpipes Ain't From Scotland

When you think of the bagpipe, you immediately envision plaid kilts, long dark stockings, and red-bearded men carrying the awkward instrument. But slow your roll. This instrument wasn't invented in Scotland.

There have been instruments involving pipes and a bag dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Then the Persians picked it up, then the Greeks, then the Romans. It was that last empire that introduced the world's most annoying instrument (except maybe the kazoo) to Scotland, where it became a huge part of the country's culture and heritage.

It also should be noted that the instrument is called the bagpipe, not bagpipes. The instrument is singular; only add the "s" if you're talking about several bagpipes.

And now you know.

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