What Brits Know About Charles Darwin

According to what we read in London’s Daily Mail, our UK readers have some explaining to do. It’s an article about a poll conducted by the UK’s leading book review and recommendation website, Lovereading.

Here are some excerpts from Dumb Britain: One in five men believe Oliver Twist was written by Charles Darwin. We shall discretely restrain our usual commentary so that you can make up your own minds. The bold font was added by us:

Respondents were contacted about their reading habits after visiting the Love reading website.

Almost 20 per cent (18.6) thought Animal Farm – Orwell’s 1945 seminal novella about the pre-Stalin era – was the name of a pornographic film.

Oh dear! Let’s read on:

The same number thought Oliver Twist was penned by naturalist Charles Darwin, rather than by Charles Dickens.

Dickens, Darwin. Quite understandable, really. We continue:

One-in-four respondents admitted they had ‘no idea’ if the sleuth Sherlock Holmes was real or otherwise.

One in four? Hey, the rest had some kind of idea, so that’s not too bad. Here’s a final excerpt:

Of the men questioned, almost one-in-two (48 per cent) said they took up to 12 months to read a novel but almost all (98 per cent), said reading was an ‘important part of their day’.

We looked for a more detailed article on the poll, but we had no success. Anyway, that’s probably enough for our purposes. Let’s see what our readers across the pond have to say about it. They never hesitate to express opinions about the US.

Being always a gentleman, your Curmudgeon isn’t even tempted to write a clever close to this very informative post.

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5 responses to “What Brits Know About Charles Darwin

  1. ” Almost 20 per cent (18.6) thought Animal Farm – Orwell’s 1945 seminal novella about the pre-Stalin era – was the name of a pornographic film.

    Oh dear! Let’s read on”

    I hate trick questions, because both of these are right. Animal Farm is both Orwell’s book, and a rather infamous pornographic film.

  2. You just gave me insight that I really didn’t want.

  3. I thought that Darwin wrote Animal Farm about Stephen Meyer and the CSC division of the Discovery Institute.

    Snowball isn’t Meyer? But the rhetoric is about as believable as anything coming out of the CSC.

  4. As a Brit I hang my head in shame.

    Still, at least 60% of the UK dont think God Did It is an answer to a biology test question.

    Every cloud has a silver lining 😉

  5. Sandman says: “As a Brit I hang my head in shame.”

    That hardly seems sufficient. We demand nothing less than that you go to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park and set yourself ablaze.