Sunday, February 3, 2008

England: Stupid is as stupid does.

The United Kingdom is a nice little collection of countries full of nice people. Having been there, I can attest to this fact. Evidently, as nice as they are, a good percentage of them are also pretty stupid.

I say this because in a recent Associated Press article, it was reported that a full 23% of Britons think that Winston Churchill is a myth. Take a second and read that again.

Really? I mean, I can understand not knowing every historical figure in England's long and storied history, but Winston Churchill? I mean, this is the guy that lead you through your darkest hour. Not only that, but a good number of you Englishmen and women were alive when he was alive. It's not like they were asking you about James K. Polk. I wouldn't be bothered if you didn't know that Polk was our eleventh president, was referred to as the "Dark Horse Candidate", and was the last of the Jacksonians to hold the office of POTUS. You know why that wouldn't bother me? First, he is American, and second, he has been dead for 150 years. Winston Churchill, on the other hand, only died 43 years ago and he was your Prime Minister. The 3/4 of the UK that did know who Churchill was needs to throw the rest over the Cliffs of Dover.

If that sounds harsh, consider that these same clowns thought that Gandhi was a myth, and a full 55% of them thought that Sherlock Holmes was real. Put in modern perspective, that would mean that we would think that Vladmir Putin was a myth and that Batman is real.

Cripes. Stupid UK, crack a book now and again.

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