Today I learned about the Most Unwanted Song, a musical piece that was created using a survey to identify what people hated most in music. The final result included out of tune accordions and bagpipes, a rapping cowboy opera singer, and a children's choir that urged listeners to shop at Walmart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Bill Millin, a Scottish soldier who walked up and down the beaches of Normandy on D-Day playing the bagpipes. Two captured German snipers would reveal why the piper at the front hadn’t been shot at. They said it was because they thought he was β€˜dummkopf’, a foolhardy idiot. history.co.uk/article/the…
Bagpipes were the only musical instrument deemed a weapon of war by the courts because it inspired troops to battle and instilled terror into the enemy. melaniejackson.com/bagpip…
In 1902, Scottish explorers went on an expedition to Antarctica, and they brought along a piper, who was tasked with maintaining morale. He played the bagpipes in full Highland dress next to a penguin (which was tethered to a large pot packed with snow), but the penguin was sleepily indifferent mentalfloss.com/article/9…
An artist was hired to create "The most unwanted song" which contains bagpipes, children singing about holidays, advertising jingles, accordions, and a soprano rap, it lasts 22 minutes. youtube.com/watch?v=wUOkz…
Bill Millin, a soldier in WWII, walked onto Normandy Beach on D-Day without a gun and began playing the bagpipes. When ordered to do so beforehand, he had pointed out that it was against British regulations, and his commander told him "You and I are both Scottish, and that doesn’t apply". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Producer George Young suggested AC/DC add bagpipes to "It's a Long Way to the Top" after learning that singer Bon Scott had been in a pipe band. Scott agreed despite having never played the bagpipes before; he had actually been the pipe band's drummer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
The bagpipes are a double reed instrument, using reeds similar to the oboe and bassoon. britannica.com/art/bagpip…
2 artists and a composer created a 22 minute song with elements that were polled as the β€œmost annoying” sounds, which included cowboy music, bagpipes and a rapping soprano youtu.be/wUOkz0a42k8
Scotland's (unofficial) national anthem, "Flower of Scotland", can't be played properly on the bagpipes because it contains a note - a flattened seventh - that the pipes cannot produce. telegraph.co.uk/sport/foo…
The last recorded kill using a bow and arrow in war was made in WWII by British officer Jack Churchill, who carried a longbow, bagpipes and a Scottish broadsword into battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Oman has a strong tradition of Scottish bagpipe music, owing to their Sultan having served in a Scottish regiment of the British Army bibliolore.org/2013/06/24…
Today I learned about the Unipiper, a Portland man who patrols the streets wearing a kilt and Darth Vader mask while playing the bagpipe all while riding a unicycle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Bagpipes were considered weapons of war up until 1996 scotclans.com/bagpipes-a-…
Many of Scotland’s most famous inventions – kilts, tartans and bagpipes - were actually developed elsewhere - Kilts originated in Ireland, tartans have been found in Bronze Age central Europe and bagpipes are thought to have come from ancient central Asia. 1sttheworld.com/blogs/new…
During the Normandy Allied Invasion Bill Millin, a Scottish Piper, played his bagpipes as he walked the beach while the carnage erupted around him. He later asked captured German prisoners why they hadn't shot at him. They said they thought he was on a suicide mission and was clearly mad. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
There is a guy who calls himself β€œThe Unipiper” that unicycles around downtown Portland, OR wearing a Darth Vader outfit and playing the bagpipe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
During the Normandy Allied Invasion, a Scottish Piper played his bagpipes walking upright while the carnage erupted. He later asked captured German prisoners why they hadn't shot him. They said they thought he was crazy. economist.com/node/168858…
The British army had a group bagpipe playing soldiers who would march through enemy fire, while playing, to bolster the troops with them. michelleule.com/2016/01/1…
Bagpipes were officially a weapon of war up until 1996 thanks to England scotclans.com/bagpipes-a-…
Two composers tried to create the world's most annoying song, featuring (in part) an operatic soprano rapping over cowboy music featuring bagpipes and tuba while children sing about holidays and advertise for Walmart. wired.com/listening_post/…
In 1975, a man died of laughter watching the "Kung Fu Kapers" episode of The Goodies. The skit featured a kilt-clad Scotsman with bagpipes battling a man with a black pudding. His widow later sent The Goodies a letter thanking them for making the final moments of her husband's life so pleasant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The playing of the Bagpipe was banned in Scotland after the uprising of 1745. scotiapipers.co.uk/about-…
Lieutenant "Mad" Jack Churchill was the only soldier of WWII to kill a man with a longbow, and the first to go into battle with one in hundreds of years. He did this while also armed with a broadsword and bagpipes, which he played while killing enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
For fifteen minutes every morning, at 9am, the Queen of England is awoken by bagpipes played by the Piper to the Sovereign. The position was established by Queen Victoria in 1843 and has been held continuously since then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Sikh bagpipe marching bands have a 160-year-old history. sridasmesh.org/
After continually insulting Mexicans, Rowdy Roddy Piper promised to make amends to the community by playing the Mexican anthem on his bagpipes. Instead, he played "La Cucaracha". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
In 1997 two composers attempted to create the worlds most annoying song, including an operatic soprano rapping over cowboy music, bagpipes, and Walmart ads sung by children. youtube.com/watch?v=-gPuH…
Bagpipes, haggis, kilts, whisky and tartan all originate from outside of Scotland telegraph.co.uk/culture/q…
Today I learned of Piper Bill Millin who played the bagpipes as British Commandos landed at Sword Beach on D Day. He was told by captured German snipers later on that he was spared because they thought he was crazy. youtube.com/watch?v=TDEO0…
Today I learned of Jack Churchill - He's the only man with a confirmed Longbow kill in WWII. He carried a longbow, broadsword, and bagpipes. He played the pipes before battles, and survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A couple of men created the 'Most Unwanted Song' in 1997, incorporating bagpipes, cowboy music, opera singer rapping, and a children's choir urging listeners to shop and Walmart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
British Lt. Col "Mad" Jack Churchill killed a Nazi with a longbow and carried a sword and bagpipes into WWII battles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Today I learned of Jack Churchill who fought in WW2 using bagpipes, a sword, and a longbow. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
The stereotypical "bagpipe song" is called "Scotland the Brave" and was only written about 100 years ago. It is considered an unofficial anthem of Scotland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The song My Head is Filled With Music by The Real Mckenzies is about Bill Millin a bagpipe player on the beaches of Normandy during WW2. When the Germans were asked why they didn't shoot the Scotsman they said they thought he had gone mad. youtu.be/Kohl-1_ZkUo
The United States Air Force has a Pipe Band that was formed in 1950 from bagpipe players of Irish and Scottish ancestry exclusively. The Band played at President Kennedy's funeral. pipingpress.com/the-last-…
A Scottish Canadian soldier at the Battle of the Somme was awarded the Victoria Cross for boosting morale on the front line by walking along the barbed wire and playing the bagpipes gov.uk/government/case-st…
Today I learned about Jack Churchill who used bows, arrows and a claymore in WWII, played the bagpipes during battle and was the first to surf the River Severn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Bagpipes were common to the Byzantine Empire, and there is evidence to suggest that they were brought to the British Isles by the Romans, rather than being developed independently by the Scots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
India has a thriving bagpipe tradition in its Himalayan regions. scroll.in/article/665319/…
Emperor Nero may have played the bagpipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
Carnegie Mellon University has a Bagpipes major studentaffairs.cmu.edu/de…
There's a guy in Portland who plays a set of bagpipes that shoot flames while dressed as Darth Vader and riding a unicycle. sites.google.com/site/uni…
After the Great Potato Famine, some Irishmen migrated to USA, enlisted in the Army, went sent to fight against Mexico but deserted and switched sides to form the Saint Patrick's Battalion. Today the battalion is commemorated by kilt-wearing Mexicans playing bagpipes. irlandeses.org/sanpatrici…
A Scottish soldier known as Piper Bill played his bagpipes during the gunfire on the beaches of Normandy on D Day bbc.com/news/uk-27672376
Neanderthal Musical Instruments Included Tusk-Tuba, Bladder-Bagpipe, and "Xylobone" discovermagazine.com/1997…
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is the only college in the US to offer a degree in bagpipe. It's most recent (and third) graduate was in 2009. post-gazette.com/stories/…
During the "Cod Wars" between Iceland and the UK, demonstrations against the British embassy in Reykjavik were met with taunts by the British ambassador as he played bagpipe music and military marches on full blast on his gramophone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
Mad Jack Churchhill a British solider in WWII went into battle with a bagpipe, longbow and claymore. Oh, and he escaped a Nazi concentration camp. warfarehistorynetwork.com…

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