Why do People Spit on The Heart of Midlothian?

Spitting in the street isn’t proper behavior, but on the Royal Mile in Edinburg, Scotland, it’s almost a ritual. The object of contempt is an innocuous heart-shaped mosaic in the cobblestones of the street. Known as the Heart of Midlothian, it sits in the spot where the infamous Old Tolbooth Prison once stood. It was a place where people used to gather for public hangings and spit at the door in disdain for those imprisoned inside. The prison was in such sorry state that when Mary, Queen of Scots, visited the prison in 1561, she ordered that the building should be demolished. Shortly after, the cobblestone heart was installed at the spot where the prison entrance once was and brass markers signify the overall positioning of the building. Since then, it has become a local custom to spit on the heart for good luck.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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