Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I Give Up

Not knowing your own history just makes you ........... stupid. I do not have the words to describe my disgust with this story:

"Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll which shows nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth, while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real.

The survey found that 47 per cent thought the 12th Century English King Richard the Lionheart was a myth.

And 23 per cent thought World War II prime minister Winston Churchill was made up.
The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.
Three per cent 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 were also in the top 10 of people thought to be myths.

Meanwhile, 58 per cent thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes actually existed, and 33 per cent thought the same of WE Johns' fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles.

UKTV Gold television surveyed 3,000 people."

I think Sir Winston Churchill was, without question, the greatest statesman of the 20th century. It is insulting to the man and everything he represented that 23 percent of his own countrymen don't believe he ever existed. As if further evidence of the decline of Great Britain was needed.

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