Found 24th Oct 2008
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools

and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.




The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.




'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman.. 'You saved my son's life.'




'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.




'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.




'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.




'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.




Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.




The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill .. His son's name?




Sir Winston Churchill.

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I don't get it! :w00t:

Amazing the way isolated events work out. That's why there is no such thing as a coinsidence.

oh my, what a great story :thumbsup:

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lyndsbowes;3281934

oh my, what a great story :thumbsup:



cant see your norks bouncing anymore:x

God has a plan for us all...:thumbsup:

skusey;3281947

cant see your norks bouncing anymore:x



loooooooool halloween is finished with in a week ;-) then back to norm :thumbsup:

didnt know that - thanks

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lyndsbowes;3281962

loooooooool halloween is finished with in a week ;-) then back to norm … loooooooool halloween is finished with in a week ;-) then back to norm :thumbsup:



Hurry up Nov 1st:thumbsup:

skusey;3282003

Hurry up Nov 1st:thumbsup:



lol ;-)

Not a True story an urban legend I'm afraid according to snopes - snopes.com/glu…asp

o wow!!

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crd67;3282017

Not a True story an urban legend I'm afraid according to snopes - … Not a True story an urban legend I'm afraid according to snopes - http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fleming.asp



spoilsport:x
It is true, I read it in The Daily Star:whistling:

Good story but unfortunately it appears not to be true
[URL="http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming"]

Urban myth.....heard so many times before

Comments: If you're thinking this story rings too good to be true, you are absolutely right. "Charming as it is," observes a ]Churchill Centre page devoted to alleged convergences between the lives of Winston churchill and Alexander Fleming, "it is certainly fiction." Among the reasons set forth in support of that conclusion are:
[LIST]
[*]There is no record of Winston Churchill nearly drowning in a Scottish bog when he was young.

[*]There is no record of Lord Randolph Churchill paying for Alexander Fleming's education.

[*]Though it is true that Winston Churchill contracted pneumonia more than once during World War II and was treated with an antibiotic called sulfadiazine ("M&B"), he was never, according to available medical records, treated with penicillin.[/LIST]That said, Sir Alexander Fleming was indeed the discoverer of penicillin, and Churchill did apparently consult with the brilliant physician and professor of medicine once in 1946 when he had a staph infection that proved resistant to the drug. The Churchill Centre attributes the apocryphal tale, which has circulated in email form since 1999, to a 1950 book called "Worship Programs for Juniors" by Alice A. Bays and Elizabeth Jones Oakbery.
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