Post courtesy of Arman Tarjimanyan
Never, in the field of human ignorance, have so many known so little about famous Britons. A quarter of the population think that Winston Churchill never actually existed, a survey suggests. While a poll recently named him the greatest Briton of all time, the wartime prime minister is seen by many as a mythical figure along with the likes of Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh. According to the survey of 3,000 respondents, many believe the inspirational Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, Cleopatra and the Duke of Wellington are also characters dreamed up for films and books. Some think Charles Dickens was himself a character in fiction rather than the creator of David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and Martin Chuzzlewit.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"