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Who? [Nov. 17th, 2009|03:24 pm]
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Ah, the good old BBC, bringing the poll fodder morning and afternoon. This time your dubious list is of unsung heroes from Britain.

Poll #1486731
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 55

Which of these "unsung heroes" have you heard of?

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Michael Faraday
0 (0.0%)
JM Barrie
1 (1.8%)
Edward Jenner
0 (0.0%)
John Peel
0 (0.0%)
Alan Turing
0 (0.0%)
Baldrick
0 (0.0%)
Midge Ure
0 (0.0%)
Percy Shaw
0 (0.0%)
Tim Berners-Lee
0 (0.0%)
Fred Scott
0 (0.0%)

What about this lot?

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Thomas Clarkson
0 (0.0%)
Sir John Harington
1 (6.2%)
Mary Ann Bulkley
0 (0.0%)
Mary Rand
6 (37.5%)
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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2009-11-17 03:26 pm (UTC)

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Obligatory comment about how a fictional simpleton is more important than any woman.
[User Picture]From: starlady38
2009-11-17 03:49 pm (UTC)

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Maybe I'm a cynic, but I am impressed that Alan Turing made the list.
[User Picture]From: bohemiancoast
2009-11-17 04:08 pm (UTC)

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Turing is a special case because there was never any doubt about how important his contribution was, but the full extent of it was largely kept secret. Once the circumstances and extent of his work became known, he quickly got the recognition. Far too late for him of course.
[User Picture]From: mishalak
2009-11-17 05:48 pm (UTC)

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For that matter, why not Doctor John Snow instead of a fictional character?
[User Picture]From: coalescent
2009-11-17 04:31 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: communicator
2009-11-17 04:48 pm (UTC)

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They think Banksy is unknown? He's one of the most famous people in the country isn't he?
[User Picture]From: iainjcoleman
2009-11-17 05:39 pm (UTC)

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I was also surprised to see Rick Allen, Def Leppard's one-armed drummer. Given that the most famous thing about Def Leppard is the fact their drummer has only one arm.
[User Picture]From: brixtonbrood
2009-11-17 05:02 pm (UTC)

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If you'd said "Dr James Barry" I'd have given you more details than you care to know - in fact, when I saw JM Barrie on the first list my first thought was "Is that the author or the doctor?" but I never knew her birth name.
[User Picture]From: owlrigh
2009-11-18 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Who? What? Are these famous poms?