Sheldon or Sherlock: who said what?

We've pitted the Big Bang Theory scientist against Benedict Cumberbatch's sleuth, in quotes - but can you tell who said what?

One is an outspoken genius and, well, so is the other. Is it just us who believes The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper and Sherlock Holmes (of BBC Sherlock fame) bear more than a passing resemblance to one another? Yes, one is a super sleuth and one is a theoretical physicist. And granted, one is American and the other is oh so very British. But both share a stonkingly high IQ, a long-suffering friend and a general disregard for sentiment or compassion of any kind.

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So, we thought we’d test your powers of deduction with a scientific detective puzzle of sorts. There are 20 quotes below – ten are Sherlock’s, ten are Sheldon’s. But who said what…?


1. Tea. When people are upset, the cultural convention is to bring them hot beverages.

Sheldon Cooper

2. I dislike being outnumbered. It makes for far too much stupid in the room.

Sherlock Holmes

3. Sex doesn’t alarm me.

Sherlock Holmes

4. I am meeting you halfway. I’m willing to concede that you’ve done some stupid things.

Sheldon Cooper

5. I’m quite aware of the way humans usually reproduce, which is messy, unsanitary and involves loud and unnecessary appeals to a deity.

Sheldon Cooper

6. Have you ever considered trying to do something useful? Perhaps reading to the elderly?

Sheldon Cooper

7. For the sake of law and order I suggest you avoid all future attempts at a relationship.

Sherlock Holmes

8. I have an international reputation. Do you have an international reputation?

Sherlock Holmes

9. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid and that makes me sad.

Sheldon Cooper

10. What’s it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.

Sherlock Holmes

11. I knew what effect it had on a superior mind so I needed to try it out on an average one.

Sherlock Holmes

12. A fear of heights is illogical. A fear of falling, on the other hand, is prudent and evolutionary.

Sheldon Cooper

13. Please don’t feel the need to make conversation. It’s really not your area.

Sherlock Holmes

14. Ah, memory impairment. The free prize at the bottom of a vodka bottle.

Sheldon Cooper

15. I’m not insane. My mother had me tested.

Sheldon Cooper

16. Some people who aren’t geniuses have an amazing ability to stimulate it in others.

Sherlock Holmes

17. Engineering. Where the noble, semi-skilled labourers execute the vision of those who think and dream.

Sheldon Cooper

18. Don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street.

Sherlock Holmes

19. That she’s seeing him tonight is evident from the make-up and what she’s wearing. Obviously trying to compensate for the size of her mouth and breasts.

Sherlock Holmes

20. If you don’t mind, I’d like to stop listening to you and start talking.

Sheldon Cooper


How did you score? 

0-5: Stop being so stupid. You’re making Sheldon Cooper cry.

6-10: Oh dear. You’re not exactly lowering the IQ of a street but you’re a long way off that magnifying glass…

11-15: A decent effort, but you’re more of an Anderson than a Sherlock, aren’t you?

16-20: Bazinga! You are a Jedi master of science and sleuthing. Wear your deerstalker with pride.


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