Thursday, August 05, 2004

Gandalf Defeats the Spanish Armada

I had to laugh at this: a recent survey of Brits shows their education about their own history is lacking. In fact, 6% of young Brits thought Gandalf (of Lord of the Rings) had defeated the Spanish Armada. And worse, 15% of 16 to 24-year-olds think the reason for the Northern Ireland Orangemen's annual celebration was the victory at Helms Deep (also from Lord of the Rings) (the real reason is the defeat of the Catholic King James's troops by the Protestant William III in 1690).


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