05 February 2008

Truth or Fiction?

True!
96% of British teenagers (according to a recent poll) believe that Cleopatra was a real historical person. That sounds
pretty good ... but are they thinking of the Egyptian queen or Elizabeth Taylor?

If, as I suspect, the latter, she's in good company.

Top fictional characters that British teens think are real
  • 1) King Arthur – 65%
  • 2) Sherlock Holmes – 58%
  • 3) Robin Hood – 51%
  • 4) Eleanor Rigby – 47%
  • 5) Mona Lisa -35%
  • 6) Dick Turpin – 34%
  • 7) Biggles – 33%




False!

23% believe that Winston Churchill is a fictional character.

Top historical figures that British teens think are myths

1) Richard the Lionheart – 47%
2) Winston Churchill – 23%
3) Florence Nightingale – 23%
4) Bernard Montgomery – 6%
5) Boudicca - 5%
6) Sir Walter Raleigh – 4%
7) Duke of Wellington - 4%

Never in the field of human ignorance has so little been known about so much.

3 comments:

  1. Paul Garland8/2/08 22:01

    Eleanor Rigby was real. Her grave is in the yard of the church where John Lennon and Paul McCartney met. I have been there and have pictures.

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  2. Dick Turpin, fictional character ... says who?! :-)

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  3. I wouldn't dare argue with an emperor but is the Dick Turpin we know about any more 'real' than Eleanor Rigby? That is the question in my next post: http://judithweingarten.blogspot.com/2008/02/eleanor-rigby-is-real.html

    What do you think?

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