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One in five Britons think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Blackadder were genuine historical figures

 
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04/05/2011 05:19 AM
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One in five Britons think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Blackadder were genuine historical figures
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Twenty per cent of Britons believe the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Blackadder are based on real historical personalities, a survey has found.

Others believe there was a real Captain Mainwaring leading the nation's home defence during the war and that Dad's Army was based on him while some people think Clark Kent and Indiana Jones were genuine people too, according to Ask Jeeves.

The confusion between fact and fiction goes both ways, it has emerged, with other respondents to the survey believing Che Guevara, Florence Nightingale and outlaw Jesse James were fictional, not real.

Ask Jeeves commissioned the survey after noticing a rise in the number of queries it receives asking for biographies and other personal details such as a family tree, for fictional characters.

And a poll of 1,000 adults found a fifth of people struggled to tell the difference between onscreen characters and true-life figures.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous literary creation Sherlock Holmes has been most recently seen in a Guy Ritchie blockbuster and a hit BBC series yet 21 per cent of people surveyed thought the detective was a real person
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04/05/2011 05:31 AM
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Re: One in five Britons think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Blackadder were genuine historical figures
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend about peoples ability (or lack of) to change, when his wife chimed in. She thought because the film on the great train robbery was a true story, Phil Collins was a reformed criminal.
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04/05/2011 05:43 AM
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Re: One in five Britons think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Blackadder were genuine historical figures
1000 adults?? from what age - 18-19?
what a bunch of retards.
I don't doubt this figure of 20% as I meet some of the most stupid people from day to day anyway.
No wonder this country is screwed.
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Re: One in five Britons think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Blackadder were genuine historical figures
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend about peoples ability (or lack of) to change, when his wife chimed in. She thought because the film on the great train robbery was a true story, Phil Collins was a reformed criminal.
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