Newsflash! Brits as dumb as Americans

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  1. Principessa

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    Newsflash! Brits as dumb as Americans


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    Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday 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.
     
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    What makes you think we ever had a grip on reality?
     
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    I am half British and Half American...no chance really!! :biggrin1:
     
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    Dong beat me to it!

    But hey - at least the people surveyed had heard of the subjects...
     
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    lol, if thats true, being as many Americans are desended from the Brits, it does explain where you guys get it from, lol.
     
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    If you had to witness what I see here in London you'd find those percentages quite promising! :rolleyes:
     
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    lol
     
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    Even if this is true in any small part...our Greatest Briton was not voted 'Mighty Mouse' or 'Del Boy' whereas apparently the greatest American is...Homer Simpson :confused:

    That's whack, yo!

    Also I bet if the same 'Who do you think is a myth' survey was done in America, Americans would fare worse :p
     
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    Tell me about it.:rolleyes:
     
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    If you two were true Brits you'd blame the nasty immigrants!! :tongue:
     
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    Please! We are Englishmen and as you are well aware the English never place blame! :wink:
     
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    *choke splutter THUD!*

    (The sound of an Irish woman dying laughing :wink:)

    Fixed that for ya! :rolleyes:
     
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    Young lady, I'm not sure of what you can be implying?? :smile:
     
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    Immigrants? No, it's reality TV and the cult of celebrity that's causing endemic public density. I thought everyone knew this.

    Note: To the cognitively challenged travelling on the tube: If you stand, immobile right in front of the doors with a suitcase the size of a car in rush hour, seriously, what do you expect?:rolleyes:
     
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    No we just MOAN:biggrin1:
     
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    Hey Homer is great!!!
     
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    Hooray - we won something :smile:

    "UKTV Gold television surveyed 3,000 people"

    Ahhhhhh.........
     
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    Stupid poll only tells half the story, at most. I'd be surprised if all the people in this survey actually know what a myth is :confused:
     
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    Brits have always been as dumb as Americans, and now, even more so. It's Chav Country now.
     
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    "Don't go giving me evils!"
     
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