Monday, 4 February 2008

Britons embarrass themselves on myth vs real historical figures

I hope nobody does a survey like this in Australia so we can take shots at the British but cop no return flak.
Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out today which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.

The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth.

And 23 percent thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up. The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.

Three percent thought Charles Dickens, one of Britain's most famous writers, is a work of fiction himself.

Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi and Battle of Waterloo victor the Duke of Wellington also appeared in the top 10 of people thought to be myths.

Meanwhile, 58 percent thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Holmes actually existed; 33 percent thought the same of W. E. Johns' fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles.

UKTV Gold television surveyed 3,000 people.
I guess that's what happens when history is turned into relativistic pap by education departments and people get their information from leftist outlets such as the BBC.

No wonder they're so gullible as to believe all of the global warming drivel.

(Nothing Follows)


miriam said...

They have certainly come down in the world.

Jack Lacton said...

Yes they have, Miriam. And so quickly. And voluntarily. Those are the amazing things.

Anonymous said...

There are comparable results for the USA. No wonder so many of them fall for the pseudoscience of global warming denial.

Jack Lacton said...


Americans, god love them, don't know where the rest of the world is. When asked they pause, ponder for a bit and point, "Over there."

Neko said...

Actually, in the case of Australia, we say, "under there."