Through the complex course of human history tribes, cities, and nations have shared, contributed, or lent amazing advancements of culture to each other. Long before the world wide web, there seems to be an innate desire for people to share the best of what they have. It is in that gracious sharing of ideas, innovations, and inventions that has bound us together as one on this twirling little ball we call home.
Today on National Scotch Whisky Day, we remind ourselves that Scotland has been more than generous with their global contributions, but at the end of the day they gave us Scotch Whisky, and isn’t that enough? Apparently not.
- The Television, John Logie Baird, 1926
- Cloned Mammal, Dolly the Sheep, 1996
- The Telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, 1876
- Penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming, 1928
- MRI Scanner, University of Aberdeen Team, 1980
- The Refrigerator, Sir William Cullen, 1710
- The Toaster, Alan MacMasters, 1893
- Disposable Contacts, Ron Hamilton, 1995
- ATM, James Goodfellow, 1996
- Color Photography, James Clerk Maxwell, 1855
- Kaleidoscope, Sir David Brewster, 1816
- Flushing Toilets, Alexander Cumming, 1755
- Hypodermic Syringe, Alexander Wood, 1853
- Fingerprinting, Henry Faulds, 1880
- Steam Engine, James Watt, 1776
- Vacuum Flask, James Dewar, 1892
- Pneumatic Tires, John Boyd Dunlop, 1888
Today we should imagine ourselves sharing a dram with all of these great minds as they too would be raising a celebratory glass of Scotland’s greatest contribution to toast their own accomplishments.
Happy National Scotch Whisky Day!