[Link to UKTV Gold article] [Link from Raw Story] Well, Americans are known for being dreadfully ignorant of history, geography, politics, math, science, pretty much you name it... unless the question has something to do with the Simpsons or American Idol or the Dukes of Hazzard. Now, 3,000 Brits surveyed by UKTV Gold television has produced some amazing results:
Most thought Sherlock Holmes was real, while 23% thought Winston Churchill and Florence Nightingale were fictional. 47% thought King Richard the Lionheart was a myth. Others popularly thought to be fictional were Mahatma Gandhi and the Duke of Wellington. Even Charles Dickens was thought to be made up by 3% of those surveyed.
What could be causing this dumbing down in a place where we thought they were above it? Too much watching of shows like "Ow, My Balls"? If you haven't seen Idiocracy, I recommend it... and not just because it was filmed in Austin by local creative Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill). I just think it's pretty darned funny, partly because all this dumbing-down is so unfunny.