I don’t know as much about Winston Churchill as I’d like. Sure, I know he was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, but aside from a few quotes and broad strokes about his life, I don’t know much else. That’s why I found Carla Delgado’s 7 Fascinating Facts About Winston Churchill at Mental Floss very interesting. Before you click over, here are my three favorites and my thoughts on each.
THE ABBREVIATION “OMG” WAS FIRST USED IN A LETTER TO WINSTON CHURCHILL. I don’t know why I find this piece of trivia so appealing. I guess because it is so random. I wonder what possessed John Fisher to use the abbreviation. How did Churchill know what the letters stood for? (Context, I guess.) And why did it take so many decades for the abbreviation to catch on? OMG – so many questions.
WINSTON CHURCHILL LIVED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS. Churchill suffered from “long periods of despair and lethargy” which some have diagnosed as bi-polar disorder. I’m surprised at the high percentage of “great” people from history who had to overcome things that cripple others. I guess that is part of what makes them great.
WINSTON CHURCHILL WAS AN HONORARY AMERICAN. I didn’t know that Churchill’s mother was American and that he was granted honorary citizenship. I like that fact a lot. We can always use more good Americans. ; )