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Churchill 'Turning in His Grave' Over Transformers Filming

WWII prime minister's home covered in Nazi regalia

(Newser) - Veterans say Winston Churchill is "turning in his grave" after his former home was done up in Nazi regalia for filming on Transformers: The Last Knight, the Sun reports. According to the Guardian , Blenheim Palace in England was outfitted in massive swastika-emblazoned flags and patrolled by Nazi stormtroopers for... More »

UK Begins Phasing Out Paper Money

New plastic note features Winston Churchill

(Newser) - The Bank of England introduced a five-pound note Thursday that marks the beginning of the end of a three-century run for paper money in the UK, reports the Guardian . This particular note is made of a thin plastic and designed to last more than twice as long as its paper... More »

Donald Rumsfeld Develops 'Diabolical' Solitaire App

He's behind a new iPhone, iPad app inspired by Winston Churchill

(Newser) - Meet Donald Rumsfeld, app developer. Yes, the 83-year-old former defense secretary is behind Churchill Solitaire , available on iPhones and iPads as of last week, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rumsfeld says that while he was US ambassador to NATO in Brussels in 1973, he learned the version of solitaire Winston... More »

Winston Churchill's Blood Being Auctioned

A nurse kept it after British leader was hospitalized

(Newser) - Winston Churchill fractured a hip at age 87 and stayed in a London hospital, leaving behind a vial of his own blood. Now it's resurfaced for auction and could fetch hundreds of dollars, the Guardian reports. "It is impossible to put an accurate estimate on this unique piece... More »

Churchill's Last Surviving Child Dies

Mary Soames passes just ahead of 70th anniversary of D-Day

(Newser) - Mary Soames, the last surviving child of British World War II leader Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91. "She was a distinguished writer and led a distinguished life, with her service in the war, and is part of that generation which is passing," her son, Nicholas Soames,... More »

New £5 Note to Feature Winston Churchill

New note will begin circulation in 2016

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill will be immortalized on the new £5 note, reports the BBC . The redesigned bills are due to start circulating in 2016, and the new £5 note will feature a 1941 image of Churchill on the reverse of the note, along with his famous... More »

Brits Planned Ships Made of Ice During WWII

And New Zealand tested underwater 'Tsunami Bombs'

(Newser) - Winston Churchill was so afraid of Nazi submarines targeting supply ships during WWII that he flirted with building aircraft carriers out of sheer ice, New Scientist reports. Knowing Britain could starve without US supplies, he approved a test project aimed at delivering 2,000-foot-long ice ships with 40-foot hulls that... More »

OMG Is Way Older Than You Think

Abbreviation first appeared in letter to Winston Churchill

(Newser) - The next time you tap out the letters OMG, take a moment to give a nod to British Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher. The now-ubiquitous abbreviation may have first appeared in his correspondence with Winston Churchill back in 1917, reports by way of Letters of Note . It located the... More »

House Passes Bill... for New Churchill Bust

And Boehner may have cut C-SPAN feed during Dem action

(Newser) - Democrats made a last-minute push to get an up-and-down vote on the Senate’s payroll tax bill this morning, only to have Republicans ignore them—and apparently even cut the C-SPAN feed. As Steny Hoyer called for the vote, speaker pro-tem Michael Fitzpatrick walked away. Hoyer kept yelling, and was... More »

Churchill Ordered Air Force to Hide UFO Encounter

Were aliens checking us out during WWII?

(Newser) - Winston Churchill ordered the Royal Air Force to keep secret a suspected UFO encounter during World War II because he feared public hysteria and loss of religious faith, according to newly released documents. "This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic and destroy one's belief... More »

Churchill's WWII Bunker Was Bogus

War rooms, in barely converted basements, weren't bomb-proof

(Newser) - Winston Churchill kept the British government running through World War II from a bunker underneath central London, but a new exhibition reveals the prime minister's fury that his office was vulnerable to attack. The hastily converted war rooms, where Churchill and his staff worked and slept, lay only 10 feet... More »

Global Warming Threat Akin to Nazis': Gore

(Newser) - Al Gore today likened the challenge of global warming to the threat from Nazi Germany and the Axis powers, the Times of London reports. Gore reminded a British audience that “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II,” saying the situation... More »

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