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17 Weird Facts

It's really not that elementary when it comes to the 137 years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first Sherlock Holmes story. Here are all the weird facts you never knew you needed to know.

1. Sherlock Holmes was originally going to be named “Sherrinford Holmes.” What?

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2. And John Watson? He was originally named “Ormond Sacker”.


3. Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, who would both go on to play Sherlock Holmes, starred in a stage play together where they switched off playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.

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4. Sherlock was once brought back from the dead to fight crime in the 22nd century in an animated series that ran between 1999 and 2001.


5. ...Oh yeah, and Watson was a robot. Why have I not seen this show again?

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6. “Elementary, my dear Watson”? Is never actually spoken in any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.

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7. Holmes is also never described in the books as wearing the famous deerstalker cap and cape.

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8. Police forces in the UK use an information system called “HOLMES 2” named after Sherlock. (HOLMES stands for Home Office Major Enquiry System).

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9. Sherlock was based off one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s college professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, who could famously diagnose his patients by simply looking at them.

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10. Which should sound familiar, because "House M.D." is in turn based off Sherlock based off Bell. Still following?

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11. The Guinness Book Of World Records consistently list Sherlock Holmes as the most portrayed fictional character. (He’s been played by over 70 actors in 250+ screen adaptations.)

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12. In case you were wondering, there was a Sherlock Holmes porn adaptation made in 1975 titled "The American Adventures of Surelick Holmes", featuring an all-male cast and a transvestite version of Moriarty named "Maryarty".

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13. Oh yeah, and there’s also a South Korean chart-topping single dedicated to the detective.

14. Watson’s middle name is “Hamish”, which is Scottish for “James”.

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15. In the BBC drama “Sherlock”, John Watson (Martin Freeman) and Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) are married in real life.


16. In 2002, Sherlock Holmes became the first fictional character to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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17. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once said, “If in one hundred years I am known only as the man who invented Sherlock Holmes, then I will have considered my life a failure.” ...Whoops.

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