Next time I hear a Brit going on about “dumb Americans” I can at least have the happy glow of knowing we are not alone. From here .
Basically, the news article is about a survey recently done where a quarter of the respondents thought that Winston Churchill was a myth, 47 percent thought Richard the Lionheart was made up, and over half thought Sherlock Holmes was real.
Brits, I am not attacking you, ok? I know that every country has its morons, and that survey must have gotten hold of a good portion of them for those kind of results. I am also sure that if you did a similar survey in the U.S. you’d get similarly stupid results.
You have to understand their answers in context, though: what they meant to say was that Sherlock Holmes was based on a real life person, who did everything that the literary Sherlock Holmes did, and who was also named Sherlock Holmes. Makes a lot more sense that way, see?
When I somehow become rich, I think I would like to set up a house-building and property company and I would, of course, register it at Companies House as “Sherlock Homes”. I would have offices in London and in Edinburgh, (only to start with, mind, 'cos my empire would soon go global, oh yes) and I would have free advertising from the sillier sorts of media because they would publicise it for me purely because of the name. And I would see about getting Gerry Rafferty to do a publicity/advertising song for it.
Yeah, all right, I know it has probably been done already. Another great idea turned to dust. Woe is me.
I’m getting the impression that UKTV Gold might not be the most academically rigorous institution over there… might I ask why? Is it a tabloid type station?
From what I recall, they weren’t claiming to have surveyed a quarter of the British population. The headline referred to the fact that a quarter of the people surveyed thought Winston Churchill was fictional.