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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.

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.


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Sometimes we all need reminding of such words. :-)))) Hehe thought it might have been a rude joke the way it started off, lol not saying you would post anything rude just my dirty mind. Not that I have one, I'm rambling. Off to hide. lol


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I love this!

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and Sonia...get in here for your spankin'... LOL.. kiddin' sweetie........ :)

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I love it!

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thanks, jennie

Patteee's picture
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not true, http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fleming.asp

but a great story! :)

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It's like the George Carlin ones that go around or other ones attributed to "famous people" that have to do with keeping America full of Americans (whatever the hell that means...)

I have to add this to my "bucket list"
8- create a phony story or email hoax and send it out. Then see how long it takes for someone to send it back to me.

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Love that site!

Nothing wrong with a good myth, but you are far better off if you know it is a myth.

Kind like the story about a guy named George and a newly deceased cherry tree.


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