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Edinburgh is well known for the annual Edinburgh Fringe festival, but did you know….
1. The Philosopher’s Stone was conceived in Edinburgh
Do we have any Harry Potter fanatics? You will be delighted to know that J.K. Rowling wrote the first novel in the successful Harry Potter Series - the Philosopher’s Stone – in a café in Edinburgh!
2. No tea for you!
At one point, a common greeting in Edinburgh was “you’ll have had your tea” and is still used by some people to this day. The term originated from a man named Mackintosh of Borlum who loathed the sound of people gulping tea at social gatherings.
3. The telephone is from Edinburgh.
Without Edinburgh born scientist and inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, we would not have the privilege of calling our nearest and dearest so effortlessly. Bell was credited with inventing the first ever telephone plus several other pioneering works!
4. Scrooge: the accidental legend.
Charles Dickens inadvertently created Scrooge, the focal character of his 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, when he stumbled upon the tombstone of “Ebenezer Scroggie – meal man”. Dickens inaccurately interpreted the writing on the tombstone as “mean man” and was baffled by such a heartless description. But this gave Dickens food for thought and a legend was born.
5. Is there a cure to baldness?
In the 17th Century, the citizens of Edinburgh believed they could cure baldness via burning the excrement’s of a dove and applying the ashes to their head – thankfully this doesn’t take place anymore.