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    Okay, it is time to fess up. To all of our U.K. forumites: Izz thiss story reeely true?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080204...historyoffbeat

    Cos if it is, then you are in good edikatiunal company with the U.S.

    I would not get too complacent with thinking that the historical knowledge of the U.K.'s population at large is worse than the U.S.'s in this department. You may have met your match here in the States.

    I was devastated to find that Wallace and Gromit weren't real.

    Snif.
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    Okay, it is time to fess up. To all of our U.K. forumites: Izz thiss story reeely true?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080204...historyoffbeat

    Cos if it is, then you are in good edikatiunal company with the U.S.

    I would not get too complacent with thinking that the historical knowledge of the U.K.'s population at large is worse than the U.S.'s in this department. You may have met your match here in the States.

    I was devastated to find that Wallace and Gromit weren't real.

    Snif.
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    WOLFMondo's Avatar Senior Member
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    The sample was from 3000 UK Gold TV viewers. Says everything I needed to know
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    Everyone knows world war two is a Stephen King creation.
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    When I lived in London ('93-5), I was astonished at the educational lack in so many people my age (55 now) and under. I knew several teachers and they were as bad as everybody else. I would guess the people I met were more educationally bereft than their Yank contemporaries. However, they were incredibly well-informed on "East Enders" or sport for the pub quizzes. The Churchill howler is incredible.

    Whoops! Make that "EastEnders", thanks, M. I just flunked!
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    Eastenders ftl.
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    Here's one for the U.S. that people here may have already seen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li11ZQqZHQM

    Poor Australia, they're always getting mistaken for somebody else.
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    Shoot, I thought Great Britain was a myth.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    In a sense this is correct. He was a King of France, in essence. It was just that back then you had your second home in a nice quiet backwater (i.e. England) rather than vice versa. Now King John was a king of England...
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