News today that one third of British schoolchildren think Winston Churchill was the first man to walk on the moon. "The most celebrated British Prime Minister of the
20th century was the first man to walk on the Moon, one in three young
people told a survey", says the Times.
Is it faintly conceivable that in fact the "survey" was a multiple choice questionnaire, and that what we've really found here is that out of a sample of 1,400 children aged 6-14 presented with (let's have a guess)
fourthree names including Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill and one (less famous) other, one third of them had only heard of Churchill and therefore picked that option? The story implies that children were asked "Who was the first man on the moon?" and unhesitatingly responded "Winston Churchill". It is very, very unlikely that this is what happened.