EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt came under fire this week for suggesting former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill would have voted to remain in the European Union.
Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he quoted the behemoth of history as naming the UK “a member of the European family”.
Starting first with the idea that liquid water is necessary for life, Churchill first narrows down the candidates in our solar system to Mars and Venus due to temperature and atmospheric conditions.
From there, the case broadens out to a pretty familiar argument: Space is so big, there's gotta be something out there.
Hopefully we'll visit one soon and discover if his hunch that aliens do exist can be confirmed in our own neighborhood.
Winston Churchill, a longtime science enthusiast, at his home in Kent, England, in October 1939.
For his body of work, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
Welding an active imagination with scientific thought, Churchill produced a few madcap ideas — which he called “funnies” — that he actually championed while he was prime minister, as a means to defeat Nazi Germany.
It had been overlooked for years until Timothy Riley, who became the museum’s director last year, stumbled upon it recently. Churchill had revised it a number of times in the 1950s.
Soon after news of the discovery, two other copies were found in a separate archive in Britain. In his article, Churchill wrote: “I am not sufficiently conceited to think that my sun is the only one with a family of planets.”“I, for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures,” he wrote, “or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time.”Largely self-educated in the sciences, Churchill had boundless curiosity for practically anything, an attitude he once described as “picking up a few things as I went along.”He wrote about 30 million words in his lifetime, including wartime speeches, an African travelogue, a book on oil painting, a lengthy memoir, and even an essay on an imagined invasion of Russia when he was just 15.