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Friday, February 1, 2008

Elementary, dear Watson

OK, the poll is closed and now it's time to explain what it was all about.


Our friend, the former blogger Behind A Smile, noted that most of her American friends like the Sherlock Holmes series while her non-American friends are decidedly less enthusiastic. We decided to see whether this phenomenon is universal, or if it's just that Ms. Smile keeps odd company.

The first fact that the survey revealed is that there are twenty-one participating readers of this blog. Now that I have proof of your existence, I demand that you show yourselves. I like my readers. Don't be shy, you can comment just to say hello and tell me how much you love me :-)

The next shocking revelation was that nearly a third of those readers haven't read Sherlock Holmes. I recommend that you check it out. I find them both relaxing and stimulating, a rare combination made even more flavorful by the old-style English. You can borrow mine; the semester's getting underway and I don't have much time for pleasure reading anymore.

As for the original intent, while most of the American participants do, in fact, like Sherlock Holmes, the non-american participants were evenly split. Unfortunately, it seems that the vast majority of my readers are American, so the results of the study are inconclusive.

In closing, I give you this link to clarify the title of this post.

11 comments:

David_on_the_Lake said...

I went through a faze where i was absolutely obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and that whole turn of the century London reality...
I still enjoy reading them..

halfshared said...

Never read em and probably never will.

BEHIND A SMILE said...

Gosh a whole post devoted to one of my random thoughts - what an honour!! On the other hand if you are short of posts I can give you lots more 'random thoughts' that will give you a far wider subject matter. ;)

"GG" said...

Well, then, you have at least 22 confirmed readers, because I didn't vote in this poll.

(And, by the way, I have probably read every Sherlock Holmes story ever written, but I can't remember them because it was more than 25 years ago.)

Bas~Melech said...

HS -- Just wondering why the "never will"

Smile -- No thanks, I have enough random thoughts... hey, you had your own blog :P Wouldn't mind reading some of those thoughts there!

GG -- Wow. Even I haven't read them ALL yet. (I do own the complete set now, just haven't had time to go over what I missed)

Bas~Melech said...

Oh, and DOT -- didn't mean to exclude you, I just didn't have anything to say. :-P Except that I liked your last few posts, which I couldn't say on your blog...

Scraps said...

I will confess to being one of the people who never read the books, although now that I'm thinking about it, I may have read one or two a really long time ago. Mysteries were never really my thing, though. Maybe I'll read them someday for the sake of being able to say I read them.

StillinShidduchim said...

Gosh, some people are so desperate for attention ;-) I didn't vote, and I'm a reader of your blog.

halfshared said...

Was never into reading secular books (never did besides for school) and if I tried now, I'd probably stop after the first page. I'm too used to the Jewish literary level...

Bas~Melech said...

Scraps -- I'm surprised. I thought you're so into reading, you must have gone through every notable book already...

HS -- Fair enough. I was just wondering... ;-)

David_on_the_Lake said...

Thanks
:-)

I know I'm a little late..but better late...