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Irish Blessing
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Posted 10/21/11
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.

Someone once said: "What goes around comes around."


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Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's heaven on Earth.
Posted 10/21/11
I don't get this.
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Posted 10/21/11
Is this like one of those, "just cause I can" kind of things?
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If Farmer Fleming didn't save the boy's life, the nobleman wouldn't have had given the farmer's son the opportunity to go to good schools.

If the nobleman was an ungrateful bloke, the same thing could have happened.

If Alexander Fleming wasn't able to go to school, it's unlikely he would have discovered penicillin. Maybe someone else would but it's not a guarantee it would happen then, or at a later time, or not at all.

If Winston Churchhill died then, Britain would have had a different leader (for better or worse). The nature of WW2 might have been different.

These are just some of the implications of "what ifs" had this scenario not taken place.
Posted 10/21/11
Yeah...pointless thread is pointless.
Posted 10/21/11

CrashAriMP5N2O wrote:

If Farmer Fleming didn't save the boy's life, the nobleman wouldn't have had given the farmer's son the opportunity to go to good schools.

If the nobleman was an ungrateful bloke, the same thing could have happened.

If Alexander Fleming wasn't able to go to school, it's unlikely he would have discovered penicillin. Maybe someone else would but it's not a guarantee it would happen then, or at a later time, or not at all.

If Winston Churchhill died then, Britain would have had a different leader (for better or worse). The nature of WW2 might have been different.

These are just some of the implications of "what ifs" had this scenario not taken place.


That is all well and good and understandable but what exactly are you hoping to discuss about it? Unless you are hoping others will have similar stories to just add on to it I don't really see what more there is to this.
Posted 10/21/11
Why is it titled 'Irish Blessing' when it's about Scottish and English people?
Posted 10/21/11
Is their anything to discuss here?
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Posted 10/21/11
aww he tried to use his brain
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Posted 10/22/11 , edited 10/22/11

mystic17 wrote:

Yeah...pointless thread is pointless.





justanotherguy_2005 wrote:
That is all well and good and understandable but what exactly are you hoping to discuss about it? Unless you are hoping others will have similar stories to just add on to it I don't really see what more there is to this.





Moeberry wrote:

Is their anything to discuss here?


You guys are taking this way too seriously. Threads aren't just all about simple questions and answers. Your posts can be reflective responses to what you just read. Seriously none of you have any idea what impact penicillin has made? Or what role Winston Churchill was able to play during his term because he's alive? Or just a simple awe of what opportunities can be made possible because someone was good enough to provide them? You can't even make one simple thought about what you read then you go on ahead and bash that it's something stupid or pointless? None of you did seem a bit surprised that some ordinary story involved some influential people. A simple comment of "oh I never thought that those people had such a story" would have been appropriate but no. Even one flagged it to be reported and that is just nonsense.

Keep this in mind folks. Threads don't necessarily have to be a discussion. You see that all the time. Why should this be any different? Not every post is subject to be analyzed for discussion. They can be comments.
Posted 10/22/11

CrashAriMP5N2O wrote:


mystic17 wrote:

Yeah...pointless thread is pointless.





justanotherguy_2005 wrote:
That is all well and good and understandable but what exactly are you hoping to discuss about it? Unless you are hoping others will have similar stories to just add on to it I don't really see what more there is to this.





Moeberry wrote:

Is their anything to discuss here?


You guys are taking this way too seriously. Threads aren't just all about simple questions and answers. Your posts can be reflective responses to what you just read. Seriously none of you have any idea what impact penicillin has made? Or what role Winston Churchill was able to play during his term because he's alive? Or just a simple awe of what opportunities can be made possible because someone was good enough to provide them? You can't even make one simple thought about what you read then you go on ahead and bash that it's something stupid or pointless? None of you did seem a bit surprised that some ordinary story involved some influential people. A simple comment of "oh I never thought that those people had such a story" would have been appropriate but no. Even one flagged it to be reported and that is just nonsense.

Keep this in mind folks. Threads don't necessarily have to be a discussion. You see that all the time. Why should this be any different? Not every post is subject to be analyzed for discussion. They can be comments.


Sorry but the origin of penicillin and the coincidences surrounding it and even Churchill himself don't interest me in the least. My reason for posting wasn't even to really discuss or comment on those things. I was simply wondering what you were hoping to get from people with it which you have already answered. I wasn't trying to bash your thread in any way. People obviously had no idea what the point of it was and I was hoping that by asking in a nice way it might help the thread actually progress instead of turning into nothing but negativity. As for it being flagged I had nothing to do with it so I can't comment on it.
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Posted 10/22/11
Pretty long.
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Posted 10/22/11
Too long, did not read.
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Posted 10/22/11
I find this very interesting indeed.

I definitely agree with this:

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's heaven on Earth.
Posted 10/22/11
interesting, i guess.
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