Six percent of British youth identify Gandalf as the hero who led the defeat of the Spanish armada, the Guardian reports. Thirteen percent credited another fictional character, Horatio Hornblower, and twenty percent fingered Christopher Columbus for the job.
Our across-the-pond cousins shouldn’t feel bad, though. Sixty-seven percent of American schoolkids think that Spider-Man led American forces in rebellion against King Arthur in 1492.
Okay, okay, so I made that last sentence up. But it’s plausible, you gotta admit.