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On Thursday, Scots took to the polls in record numbers in a referendum to determine the future of their country. The ballots contained just a single yes-no question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In the end, 55 percent responded "No," meaning that Scotland will remain a part of the UK for the foreseeable future. Although outright independence was rejected, change is still on its way. In the lead-up to the vote, unionist parties promised Scotland greater autonomy, particularly on the issues of tax, spending, and welfare, should it remain a part of the UK. More... Discuss
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Spud Day is a celebration of the potato in Shelley, Idaho. The potato has come to be thought of as the crop of Idaho, but the state actually has a number of other important crops: wheat, hay, oats, barley, beans, peas, sugar beets, and fruits. Nonetheless, the spud gets the hurrahs with a festival that began in 1927 and includes a parade, potato-picking and tug-of-war contests, and, of course, potatoes fried, baked, scalloped, mashed, and more. Five thousand free baked potatoes are given to visitors. More... Discuss