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. 


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.

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

3. Sex doesn’t alarm me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.