Winston Churchill was a larger-than-life character. From his endless quotable comebacks, to his ever-present oversized cigar, there was little about the wartime Prime Minister that didn't live up to its reputation. Another thing Churchill was famous for was his love of a good drink. While visiting America during prohibition for a lecture tour, Churchill was lucky enough to find a doctor to write him a very, VERY useful note.
Winston Churchill gets a doctor’s note to drink “unlimited” alcohol in prohibition America (1932)… https://t.co/qAHXrh6p0D— Meredith Frost (@Meredith Frost)1544107039.0
The letter basically says Churchill can drink as much as he wants, whenever he wants.
@MeredithFrost Obligatory https://t.co/v10EqizxSZ— echo chamber of commerce (@echo chamber of commerce)1544137752.0
"especially at mealtimes" https://t.co/6IWDnVJAGx— swing voter who supports antifa's War on Christmas (@swing voter who supports antifa's War on Christmas)1544136206.0
People loved the scientific wording in the letter.
@MeredithFrost Barkeep: Another one? Me: The quantity is naturally indefinite.— James Valvo (@James Valvo)1544113534.0
@MeredithFrost The next time I answer "how many drinks I consume regularly" on a doctor's form, I'm going to write "Naturally Indefinite".— Amanda Panda (@Amanda Panda)1544116812.0
It turns out there's a little more to the story than meets the eye! Apparently Churchill, forgetting drivers use the other side of the road in America, was hit by a car on one of his first days in the city. After recovering for a while, Churchill had to resume his lecture circuit to make money even though he was still recovering from his significant injuries, which included "a deep gash to the head, a fractured nose, fractured ribs, and severe shock." To help him deal with the pain, his doctor wrote him the priceless note, excusing Churchill from prohibition.
@MeredithFrost Dr. Spaceman would approve https://t.co/E46BWXX2Of— Kirsten Allison (@Kirsten Allison)1544120321.0
Though prohibition is now over, many people wanted to be one of this doctor's patients.
If I get a time machine, I'm booking an appointment with this doctor. https://t.co/nEhdi9nJj7— Miranda Yaver (@Miranda Yaver)1544122461.0
@MeredithFrost God I hope this doctor is in network...— John (@John)1544107299.0
"Yes it's a high dose, but it's prescribed by his doctor and he needs it to function. He's dependent, not addicted.… https://t.co/lBS1wg4TGV— David Juurlink (@David Juurlink)1544119607.0
Churchill was certainly a lucky man.
When someone asks.. what's the greatest get out jail free card you've ever seen https://t.co/mE24KRwMjZ— trey wingo (@trey wingo)1544107076.0
I'm showing this to my doctor the next time I'm in for an appointment. https://t.co/0Z8ouzSBk9— Jordan Press (@Jordan Press)1544122039.0
@MeredithFrost *books appointment with this doctor immediately. I don’t care if I need a time machine to do it.*— Dan Przygoda (@Dan Przygoda)1544107193.0
@MeredithFrost Love the handwritten note: "Keep on hand." Seems only prudent.— VinnysWorld (@VinnysWorld)1544113688.0
These historical figures certainly knew how to drink and come up with witty quotes!
@MeredithFrost Oscar Wilde: everything in moderation, including moderation.— Bill Burton (@Bill Burton)1544109229.0
@MeredithFrost This is the most Churchillian thing that ever Churchilled.— Zoe Samuel (@Zoe Samuel)1544114650.0
@MeredithFrost "I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."— Afristotle (@Afristotle)1544107697.0
If you're wondering why this clearly silly letter feels familiar...
@MeredithFrost @RadioFreeTom Signed, Harold Bornstein, MD— Philippe Reines (@Philippe Reines)1544114447.0
@MeredithFrost Bartender: you’ve had enough Me: *slides note over to him* https://t.co/yJqkQwRkVX— Wendywuhomecomingwarrior (@Wendywuhomecomingwarrior)1544145710.0
Congrats on successfully avoiding prohibition, Mr. Churchill, we hope you enjoyed it!
@MeredithFrost https://t.co/Yi1CmBYyEX— Viral Kothari (@Viral Kothari)1544152028.0