Stranger Than Fiction: UK Edition
Every week, I come across a story that boggles my mind. You know, a tale that makes me shake my head in disbelief.
And more rarely, just every once in a while, I find one that makes me bang my head against a wall in utter disillusionment with humanity and fear for the future of our species.
Case in point: A gem I found on Yahoo! News.
Let me give you a bit of background first. About a century ago, Great Britain ruled approximately one-quarter of the world’s population and the earth’s surface. The sun never set on the British Empire because its dominions ranged all the way around the globe.
But the Empire was lost … and now it appears the British people are going collectively insane.
A recent poll of 3,000 UK citizens revealed, among other disturbing beliefs:
- Nearly 25 percent of respondents thought Winston Churchill—the British prime minister during the Second World War and one of the wittiest men in the 20th century—was not a real person.
- The same percentage said the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale, never healed anyone because she was a myth.
- On the other hand, more than half of those polled asserted that fictional detective Sherlock Holmes actually existed.