The Ghost Pimp of Edinburgh

According to family legend, my great-grandmother defended her home against banshees in the West of Ireland. The banshee’s wails caused the windows to crack and her blood to curdle. Decades later, grandmother is convinced that my mother and I have similar fey blood running through our veins, so I suppose it’s no wonder… » 5/05/15 2:00pm 5/05/15 2:00pm

The Violent, Royal Story of How Tartan Became Your Favorite Plaid

Tartan in modern fashion appears everywhere from school uniforms to McQueen runways, but the road to this ubiquity starts many centuries ago, with 15th-century Scottish women weaving this particular patterned fabric at home. It wasn't until the early 19th century that tartan would start weaving its way into American… » 4/01/15 3:00pm 4/01/15 3:00pm

Scottish Discover Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Are Confused and Horrified

Sir Brian Souter is a Scottish billionaire who made his fortune in buses, as well as an evangelical Christian and a "lay preacher." He's also helping to fund one of the UK's very few crisis pregnancy centers, one that focuses on "repentance" and "forgiveness" following an abortion. That's causing consternation in… » 1/19/15 10:55am 1/19/15 10:55am

Scotland Rejects Independence From Britain

With 55.3 percent of the vote, Scots have voted against a referendum to declare the country's independence from the United Kingdom. The Guardian reports unprecedented voter turnout, with some councils reporting 90 percent of their residents having voted. In total, more than 3.6 million people—or 84.6 percent of… » 9/19/14 8:45am 9/19/14 8:45am

Vivienne Westwood Backs Scottish Independence at London Fashion Week

Now that New York Fashion Week has ended, London Fashion Week is in full swing. Over the weekend, Vivienne Westwood showed a collection that looks like the wardrobe of a school play about pirates that's been half-foraged from a lost and found. But it has a political message: by affixing "YES" pins to several of the… » 9/15/14 6:40pm 9/15/14 6:40pm

Harry Potter's JK Rowling Tells Off 'Fan' Angry Dumbledore Was Gay

Harry Potter series author JK Rowling has hit back at an angry "fan" on social media site Twitter after the user chided her for revealing Dumbledore is gay. Rowling's writing is being discussed in relation to her recent donation of £1 million ($1.6 million) to the "Better Together" campaign opposing Scottish… » 9/07/14 11:25pm 9/07/14 11:25pm

Wearing Kilt May Up Sperm Count, But Lowers Chance of Getting Some

That's not wind up their kilts, it's free-hanging haggis and groats! And guess what? When a commando Scot bring you back to their hillock abode with a roof of peat moss, they're gonna impregnate you with some of their Rowan jelly. (That's if they're not too busy tossing the caber into the loch.) (Sorry.) » 4/24/13 9:30am 4/24/13 9:30am

Scotland's New Rape Prevention PSAs are Pretty Awesome

Here's a PSA that doesn't make me want to roll my eyes, shoot myself, or do whatever the opposite is of what they want me to do. Launched last month in Scotland, We Can Stop It is a police campaign designed to educate and change attitudes towards rape and sexual assault. And if these ads are any indication of what the… » 10/08/12 12:00pm 10/08/12 12:00pm

Adorable Scottish School Lunch Activist Silenced By Government…

Martha Payne, a 9-year-old who attends Lochgilphead Primary school in western Scotland, was dismayed by the lack of healthy options available in her school's cafeteria. So she started a blog called Never Seconds, where she posted photos of each day's congealed lasagna wedge along with a short review and miscellaneous… » 6/15/12 5:45pm 6/15/12 5:45pm