Detective diaries

ST Correspondent
Monday, 21 May 2018

On the 160th birth anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the original writer of Sherlock Holmes, here's some interesting trivia about the genius detective 

On May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who brought the world its most beloved fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. First appearing in print as far back as 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been synonymous with intellect, problem-solving and a knack for stating the obvious (in the wonderfully sarcastic isles of Britain, anyway!).

Perhaps the most famous detective of all time Sherlock Holmes was first penned in 1887 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Donning his famous magnifying glass and pipe, Holmes is a bohemian, caring nothing for the standards of the time and living his life as eccentrically as he can. He is one of the most adapted characters of all time with various other books, television shows and movies inspired by the character. To pay tribute to the detective, Sony Pix shares some trivia:  

Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed fictional character 
According to the Guinness World Record, Sherlock Holmes has been inspired and adapted on screen for 254 times and played by over 75 actors while Batman has been played by seven actors and James Bond by 10 actors. A whole new award category can fit in the usual categories and that category can be called  ‘Best actor who played the role of Sherlock Holmes’.
He didn't wear a deerstalker

Well, it turns out that never in any of the original books was it mentioned that Sherlock Holmes wears a deerstalker hat. But it was illustrator Sidney Paget who drew Sherlock in order to accompany the short stories. But people assumed that the hat probably is Sherlock’s superhero costume or rather a superhero accessory — that he wears the hat everytime he is out for an investigation. It is supposed to be his ‘thing’. 

He's as humble as he tells Watson
"Watson, if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper ‘Norbury’ in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you." This was amongst Sherlocks most important lines.  

Sherlock was originally going to be called Sherrinford
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fan of cricket. He was going to name his character Sherrinford but eventually altered to Sherlock, possibly because of a cricketer who bore the name. 
Holmes's technique Sherlock used many detective techniques before they were actually used in the real world.

He identified a man from his typewritten letter years before any official force used the technique — in 1891. The technique was first mentioned in 1894 by a guy called Hagan during his document analysis.

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