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Sherlock Holmes is the most depicted human character in the world! The only character portrayed more often is non-human – it is Dracula. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the famous sleuth has appeared in 254 TV shows and movies; he was portrayed by 75 actors! Actor William Gillette went the farthest of all – he injected himself with liquid cocaine live on stage during a 1900 performance. Other outstanding Sherlocks were portrayed Robert Downey Jr., Peter Cushing, Vasiliy Livanov, and Basil Rathbone. The huge success of the latest portrayal performed by Benedict Cumberbatch proves that the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes have never lost their popularity and probably never will! As usual, Zadavaka has prepared something special: take Sherlock trivia quiz and read an article full of the most interesting facts about Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to while away the time to the premiere!

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dedicated his collection of detective stories to Dr. Joseph Bell, his lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, who diagnosed his patients immediately after they appeared in his examination room by simply looking at them.
  • In 1889, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his friend Oscar Wilde joined a publisher for an American magazine at lunch and the latter offered them £100 each for a piece of 40,000+ words. Doyle wrote his second story of Sherlock Holmes, “The Sign of Four”, after the failure of the first one, “A Study in Scarlet.” Oscar Wilde, in his turn, completed his masterpiece novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
  • At first, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to call his character Sherringford Holmes. But besides being an excellent writer, Doyle was a surgeon, a boxer, and a cricketer, so he changed Holmes’ name to pay tribute to famous cricketers Sherwin and Shacklock. ‘Sherlock’, by the way, means ‘short-haired’ or “fair/bright-haired.’
  • In 1999, Professor John Radford published a book, in which he tried to determine Holmes’ IQ using three different methods. He came to an astonishing conclusion – Sherlock Holmes had an IQ of 190! Compare it to the average person’s IQ of 100-110 or even Einstein’s of 160!
  • Sherlock Holmes never used deductive reasoning. The logical process he applied to solve crimes is called abduction. Abductive reasoning is based on observations and conclusions drawn from them, whilst deduction derives the consequences of the assumed.

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P.S. The affair between Sherlock and Irene Adler popularized by “Sherlock” drama series media has never happened! In Doyle’s stories, Irene never sees Holmes dressed as himself. She only appears in one story (“A Scandal in Bohemia”); both times she sees Sherlock, he is disguised, first as a clergyman, and them as a drunkard.

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