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Elementary, My Dear Listener

Today is Sherlock Holmes day. One of the most celebrated fictional characters in literary history. To celebrate this momentous event, here are 5 interesting facts about our intrepid hero:

What’s in a name? Arthur Conan Doyle originally named our heroes  Sherrinford Holmes, which doesn’t quite have the same ring. In fact, the name for John Watson was initially Ormand Stacker, and we have to admit that the pairing of Sherrinford and Ormand sound much duller than the beloved pair of Sherlock and Watson.
The phrase, “Elementary, My Dear Watson” was never said. That’s right, Doyle never once penned the full phrase, and Sherlock’s catchphrase was only born and found popularity in TV shows. Sure, the original Sherlock Holmes did pronounce things as “Elementary”, and he did have a fondness for “My Dear Watson” (especially when Watson had a fool idea), but the two were never combined. Like most ideas, the catchphrase only gained traction on the silver screen.
We knew he was smart, but wow...Holmes’ IQ is reported to be at 190, which places him much, much higher than Albert Einstein. Since then, there have been many more studies on this fictional character leading people to lower his intelligence rating, but he still remains one of the smartest characters ever written.
What is Sherlock Holmes’ weakness? Aside from his obvious inability to behave in a social settings, his obvious lack of regard for the rules, his weaknesses in regards to recreational drug use there is also the fact that his skills are not infallible.
Is Sherlock autistic? Ultimately, no one representation can ever encapsulate the incredible diversity of the spectrum—and while Holmes is probably an autistic character by most definitions, he is not an autistic person. He was, however considered Bipolar. Holmes ‘ swings between hypomania and depression point to a very probable diagnosis of bipolar disorder. His oscillation of energy levels seem to stem from his crime-solving: when he worked, he was frenetic; when he did not, he was idle.


USELESS ADVICE THAT TURNS OUT TO BE USEFUL _ Here are some “useless” pieces of advice random folks had received, only to realize that — upon implementing the advice — it was quite useful.
• Don’t borrow trouble. You have plenty of trouble yourself, don’t go looking for more. Don’t worry about things until they happen. Don’t worry about someone else’s business. If it’s not your problem, don’t make it one. DON’T. BORROW. TROUBLE.
• If your immediate answer isn’t a ‘yes,’ then it’s a ‘no’ (or vice versa).
• The way someone treats you says everything about them and nothing about you.
• Don’t think about what it costs, think about what it will cost per use.” So, for example, spending $200 on a pair of shoes you wear 200 times is a better use of your money than spending $20 on a pair of shoes you wear twice.
• When it comes to a relationship, if it’s more work than fun it’s time to get out. Relationships will always be hard work, but we should also be able to find more happiness in them than not.
• Holding a grudge is like letting someone live inside your head rent free.
• Save 10 percent of yourself for yourself. With relationships, jobs, or even your family, it’s easy to give 100 percent of yourself to another person. It’s important that you keep some of yourself to you.

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