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Report: 1 in 4 Britons Think Winston Churchill Never Existed
Daily Mail via FoxNews ^ | 2-4-08 | Rebecca Camber

Posted on 02/04/2008 11:00:52 AM PST by atomic conspiracy

One in four Britons don't believe wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill existed, according to a recent survey. Churchill is compared to Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh, seen by many survey respondents as a mythical person, the London Daily Mail reported Monday. The survey, conducted with 3,000 respondents to test their general knowledge, reported other historical figures such as Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, Cleopatra and the Duke of Wellington were made up for books and films, the Mail reported. The survey, by UKTV Gold, also found that Sherlock Holmes was a real person.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: amnesia; britons; illiteracy; multicult; winstonchurchill
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We don't have anything on the Brits in this area though. Just yesterday I was talking to a very young (19) employee at our place, a National Guardsman and a fairly bright kid in most respects. He did not know whether the Civil War or World War 2 occurred first or whether the Russians were allies or enemies in the latter struggle. He also thought that exhaust from jet planes destroyed the ozone (layer) and that this was the alleged cause of global warming. He had no idea what "ozone" is. He thought it was something like a layer of the atmosphere between the "N" and the "P" zones.

The kicker? His mother is a science teacher in our yokel local schools.

1 posted on 02/04/2008 11:00:53 AM PST by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy

Wow...I didn’t realize Britain had fallen so far, so fast. I wonder how many of these “Britons” that were surveyed were actually born there.


2 posted on 02/04/2008 11:04:02 AM PST by Azzurri
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To: atomic conspiracy

“The kicker? His mother is a science teacher in our yokel local schools.”

And it’s his mother’s fault he’s such an idiot.

As far as England goes, the Empire has died - last one leaving can turn out the lights. No wait, someone already did.


3 posted on 02/04/2008 11:04:30 AM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: atomic conspiracy

It’s called “THE 21ST CENTURY DARK AGES”


4 posted on 02/04/2008 11:09:18 AM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Winston Churchill - Hoax, or Fiction? LOL...Pitifull that the 20th century’s GREATEST person has come to this.


5 posted on 02/04/2008 11:09:25 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: atomic conspiracy

So? 1 in 4 Americans believes in the Global Warming fantasy.


6 posted on 02/04/2008 11:09:37 AM PST by pabianice
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To: atomic conspiracy

BUT..on the bright side - those 25% ignorant Brits are probably illegal Muslim immigrants from the colonies.


7 posted on 02/04/2008 11:11:05 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: atomic conspiracy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1964609/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1964423/posts

8 posted on 02/04/2008 11:11:32 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: atomic conspiracy
God help them!

Even I KNOW how Churchill and the brave RAF pilots faced the might of the Nazi in the Battle of Britain alone in 1940... Most of western Europe fell and USA wasn't even in the war yet...

My guess? The government schools are too busy teaching kids that homosexuality is OK and how to respect the Muslim religion...

9 posted on 02/04/2008 11:11:56 AM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: atomic conspiracy

“The Last Lion” by Manchester. A must read for any Freeper who hasn’t . . .


10 posted on 02/04/2008 11:11:58 AM PST by Greg F (Romney appointed homosexual activists as judges in Massachusetts.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Better title: "One in Four Britons Complete Idiot"
11 posted on 02/04/2008 11:13:47 AM PST by Uriah_lost (This space closed for a respectful mourning period...)
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To: atomic conspiracy
He did not know whether the Civil War or World War 2 occurred first or whether the Russians were allies or enemies in the latter struggle.

But, in the really important stuff, I bet he could tell you who got kicked off the Survivor Island last week.

12 posted on 02/04/2008 11:14:37 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Among a sad abundance of other subjects, serious history is not taught in most US schools. Students may be fed a PC pap called history that tries to make some minority participants in history whose role was insignificant co-equal with major players, but little serious history.


13 posted on 02/04/2008 11:15:47 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: atomic conspiracy
The kicker? His mother is a science teacher in our yokel local schools.

That is nothing.

I remember about ten years ago, a good friend of mine showed me a note from a HS kid that he hires once in a while to help out in the yard. The note was atrociously filled with misspelled words and bad language structure explaining why the boy couldn't help out that day.

Then my friend said BOTH of his parents teach at HS and one of them is an English teacher... Very sad

(I feel like I'm gonna cry...)

14 posted on 02/04/2008 11:17:03 AM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Just more proof that factual history is not being taught in schools anymore. It’s more important to study how to get a rubber on a cucumber or how to be P.C. with Muslim terrorists.....


15 posted on 02/04/2008 11:20:37 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: atomic conspiracy

Maybe 1/4 of Brits are not real Brits (of the Anglo-Saxon variety) but recent immigrants?


16 posted on 02/04/2008 11:21:46 AM PST by Proverbs 3-5
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To: atomic conspiracy

If I lived in contemporary Britain, where polygamists are entitled to claim multiple welfare benefits per spouse and where The Three Little Pigs is ruled ineligible for a government award lest it offend Muslims, I’d be inclined to believe Richard the Lionheart, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill never existed, too. — Mark Steyn


17 posted on 02/04/2008 11:22:04 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: atomic conspiracy

‘1 in 4 Britons Think Winston Churchill Never Existed ‘

Yeah, and the Welsh are really irish that can’t swim.


18 posted on 02/04/2008 11:22:18 AM PST by Leg Olam (“If I had to live my life over again, I'd be a plumber.” ~ Albert Einstein)
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To: atomic conspiracy
There was a time when I was concerned about the future. No more. There is no future.
19 posted on 02/04/2008 11:23:15 AM PST by isrul
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To: pabianice

“So? 1 in 4 Americans believes in the Global Warming fantasy.”

Well, I don’t think Al Gore is a real person. He looks like an animatronic robot, one of the early ones.


20 posted on 02/04/2008 11:24:30 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: atomic conspiracy

This is shameful!
And our own public/government schools are marching right in step.


21 posted on 02/04/2008 11:26:13 AM PST by LadyPilgrim ((Jesus is real, He will never fail...I will serve him now, and throughout all eternity! ))
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To: atomic conspiracy
Churchill is...seen by many survey respondents as a mythical person, the London Daily Mail reported Monday

Oh, well, in some ways, FDR was a mythical person.

22 posted on 02/04/2008 11:30:29 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: atomic conspiracy
Churchill is compared to Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh, seen by many survey respondents as a mythical person

I don't know whether it's the writer of this article or the surveytakers, but someone needs to tell them that Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh were not "mythical" people either, they also really existed.

23 posted on 02/04/2008 11:38:58 AM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: atomic conspiracy

Is there any chance that this isn’t an indication of the Brits’ lack of education but instead shows their contempt for idiots with surveys? If someone pestered me into answering it, I might have answered the same way to taunt the survey taker. Either that or eaten his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.


24 posted on 02/04/2008 11:41:06 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
1993, in Dallas, TX, was doing story on 30 year anniversary of JFK killing. Only 30% of high school kids knew who he was, in DALLAS.

My Black videographer then set up a story to ask Black kids who MLK was. 65% did NOT know who Dr. King was.

25 posted on 02/04/2008 12:00:08 PM PST by MindBender26 (Ugliness can be cured by a light switch.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

“Well, I don’t think Al Gore is a real person.”.....I was under the impression he was a white lawn jockey.


26 posted on 02/04/2008 12:04:02 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: atomic conspiracy
One in four Britons don't believe wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill existed, according to a recent survey.

That is just amazing...

27 posted on 02/04/2008 12:05:42 PM PST by chaos_5
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To: LadyPilgrim; All
They may think Winston Churchill was a made up character, but I bet these very same people think "man made" Global Warming is real!
28 posted on 02/04/2008 12:12:16 PM PST by chaos_5
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To: atomic conspiracy

Who do think the guy in all the film strips is?


29 posted on 02/04/2008 12:47:34 PM PST by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

And three of those four can’t find England on a world map.

(Which is on a par with most of the rest of the world.)


30 posted on 02/04/2008 1:27:38 PM PST by CPOSharky (Energy plan: Build refineries and nuke plants, drill for our oil, mine our coal.)
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“So? 1 in 4 Americans believes in the Global Warming fantasy.”

Sadly its worse than that. More like 3 out of 4. We also like electing retards to political office.


31 posted on 02/04/2008 2:54:58 PM PST by monday
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To: KarlInOhio
“Is there any chance that this isn’t an indication of the Brits’ lack of education but instead shows their contempt for idiots with surveys? If someone pestered me into answering it, I might have answered the same way to taunt the survey taker. Either that or eaten his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

lol, I suspect you may be at least partially right. Anyone with brains and a life is going to hang up or shut the door in the face of survey takers, so the ones who do end up taking the survey probably don’t represent Britons brightest.

32 posted on 02/04/2008 3:03:14 PM PST by monday
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To: atomic conspiracy

Unbelievable, just unbelievable. Britain is dying.


33 posted on 02/04/2008 4:44:42 PM PST by RedCobra
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