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Bob Geldof discovered gravity, say children

Some children believe Bob Geldof discovered gravity and the Somme is a world famous painting, according to new research.

Published: 8:03AM BST 29 Jul 2009 [?]


Sir Isaac Newton and Bob Geldof Photo: GETTY/PAUL GROVER

The findings emerged from a study of 5,000 children, which revealed most do not have a clue about basic historical facts.

One in 20 picked former Boom Town Rats singer Geldof instead of Sir Isaac Newton when asked to name the man who discovered gravity.

And 12 per cent of youngsters thought the Somme was a famous painting, rather than the site of the bloodiest battle of the First World War.

The research also found over half did not realise Stonehenge was in Wiltshire, with alternative answers including Herefordshire, Somerset and even Wales.

A quarter did not know William Shakespeare wrote King Lear and nearly two thirds did not know when the slave trade was abolished in Britain.

"There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to children and historical events," said Steve Conway for Premier Inn which polled 5,000 children aged between six and 15.

"Isaac Newton would not be happy to learn Bob Geldof is getting the credit for unveiling the concept of gravity.

"By picking up a book, exploring the UK and learning a bit more about the history which surrounds different towns and cities, children can become much more clued up."

It also emerged a third were baffled by the date of the Magna Carta, with children believing it was signed in 1666 - when in fact it happened more than 400 years earlier.

One in ten children thought England won the football World Cup in 1982.

And one in 20 were under the false impression that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was written by Harry Potter author, JK Rowling.

One in ten weren't aware that Winston Churchill was Prime Minister during the Second World War.

Mr Conway said: "A weekend away with the parents to see different parts of the country can help the learning process.There's so much to take in during geography or history classes that it's not surprising some children struggle to get things right."
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