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Who's More Popular - Sherlock Holmes, Santa Claus or Darth Vader? + the Sherlockoji App
October 17, 2016

Megh here from

Let's start off with:

The Fascinating Sherlockian Tid-bit of the Month

We all know that Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective of all time.

No one's debating that.

But what if you compare Sherlock Holmes' popularity with other unrelated - but pretty famous fictional characters - like say...Santa Claus?

That's what I decided to find out this month!

The number of web results on Google when you search for someone or something - is a cool and reliable indicator of how much web clout someone or something has.

So I put on my research hat and searched away!

Turns out - there are 28.1 million websites that mention "Sherlock Holmes" as of today!

This is definitely way...y more than other detectives (eg. "Hercule Poirot" - 0.43 million websites, Auguste Dupin - 0.11 million websites) - but let's see how Holmes matches up against some pretty popular contendors...

First off, Superman, Batman and Spiderman are in a league of their own with 242, 415 and 128 million websites talking about them. Our Holmes lags a little behind there...

Hamlet (54.4 million websites) , Macbeth (31.8 million websites) , Frankenstein (47 million websites) and James Bond (49.9 million websites) are somewhat ahead - compared to Sherlock Holmes' 28.1 million websites.

But what's pleasantly surprising is that Sherlock Holmes is ahead of some very, very famous characters.

For instance, take a guess about who's more popular on the web - Sherlock Holmes or Santa Claus?

Yup, it's Sherlock Holmes! (Santa Claus has 25.7 million websites talking about him compared to Holmes' 28.1 million!)

Sherlock Holmes is also more popular than Darth Vader from Star Wars (27.1 million websites), Tintin (22.2 million websites), Moby Dick (13.8 million websites), Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings (18.9 million) and even Don Quixote (9.04 million).

Ain't that interesting?

Here's a fun-graph I plotted that shows these weird numbers (Click on the picture if it's not clear).

Now I know all this is completely useless, but it's fun to know all the same. :-)

What's New At

Sherlockoji: The Sherlock Holmes Emoji Stickers App is Coming!

I've been mentioning a Sherlock Holmes app I've been working on - for months now. It's time to disclose what it is (for the first time)!

It's a Sherlock Holmes emoji stickers app that I'm building (almost all by myself).

The app will have loads of fun stickers featuring an 'emoji' version of Sherlock Holmes - and you'll be able to easily share these images on WhatsApp, iMessage, FB Messenger etc.

Here's are two sample images:

There are going to be these 'Sherlockojis' doing a variety of things. So if you're congratulating someone, instead of sharing a 'great job' emoji, why not share a 'Sherlockoji' conveying the same emotion? I'm uber-excited about this app's release!

If all goes well, I plan to release the Sherlockoji app on Android and iOS on November 1.

I'll mention more about it on Facebook and Twitter in the coming days.

Sherlockian Discoveries of the Month

This month (on October 12th), a really special book got released. Edited by the famous Chris Redmond, it's called About Sixty: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story is the Best!

It's a unique book because it has sixty essays with sixty Sherlockians talking about why each Sherlock Holmes story is the best.

I'm glad to be one of these sixty authors. I've written about why 'The Abbey Grange' is the best Sherlock Holmes story out there. The Abbey Grange is really my favourite Sherlock Holmes story by the way.

Definitely worth checking out:

This week, I stumbled upon a Sherlockian TV Series that I had never known existed. Seriously. This series is touted to be Russia's best ever TV show. It's called 'Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson' and it aired from 1979-1986.

If you haven't watched it, why not give it a try? Here's more about this interesting show:

BBC Sherlock's Season 4 is something that a lot of people are excited about (including me!). So, what's the final scoop on this season so far? What all has been told and what can be deduced? I stumbled upon an interesting post this month that clears the air...

Here it is:

So, well, that's about it for the month!

See you soon. :-)

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