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Sparked by a conversation last night

Quick question, no googling:

I know who Ian Paisley is
122(91.7%)
I have never heard of Ian Paisley
11(8.3%)

(And of course I mean the father rather than the son, for those of you who have heard of the latter.)

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Of course, the answer is Yes, but it would be more appropriate to answer, NOOOOOOOOOOO!

quarsan
matgb
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Is what I was going to say. Also known as one of the Chuckle Brothers, right?
yiskah
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I wouldn't expect anyone outside of the UK or Ireland to know who he was, though.
pocketnaomi
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
I've lived all my life in the United States, and I can't remember a time when I didn't know off the top of my head who he was. But I think that may have come from living in New York City.
major_clanger
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
Hmmm, there was a Turkish lawyer on my bar course who got the reference when I said that his negotiating style was reminiscent of Ian Paisley Sr. Mind you, he had been living in Liverpool for a few years so it's entirely likely he'd have heard of him.
celuran
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
He was important to one of my history courses in university. Twentieth Century history I imagine, though I don't remember specifically - that was in Australia.
forodwaith
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm Canadian, & I knew.
yiskah
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
To clarify, for all the people from various countries who know who he is: I just meant that I would be surprised if someone from UK or Ireland didn't know who he was, in a way that I wouldn't be surprised at someone from elsewhere not knowing who he was.
ceemage
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
The real trick is being able to distinguish between Ian Paisley Sr., Ian Paisley Jr. and Ian Parsley.
nwhyte
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Don't be silly, Pete, nobody has heard of Ian Parsley! (Certainly, a couple of years from now, nobody at all will remember who he was!)
ceemage
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Except for Northern Irish Politics nerds who are prepared to maintain Wikipedia disambiguation pages, a category which (I believe) includes both of us.
artw
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Very small and very far away.
vasha7
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
I (American) didn't know who he was until I started reading your blog! Some remark of yours caused me to look him up.
flexor
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
"I dreamt Ian Paisley was saying the Rosary, and Mother Theresa was taking the pill"
agirlnamedluna
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
I knew who he was but only by name and title - and I looked it up to be sure it was indeed who I was thinking about (it was).
doyle_sb4
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
It sort of goes without saying that I know who Big Ian is (also Ian Junior, and the magnificently named Ian Parsley). But I like filling in polls.
natural20
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Sure wasn't he some fella who shook hands with some Dub there a couple of years back? :)
redfiona99
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
I know of two Ian Paisley's, one of whom is the son of the other, but am I correct in thinking that the father of those two is a son of an Ian Paisley himself?
inulro
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
No brainer, but I'm a) UK resident with b) partner from Belfast. References (usually regarding Belfast accents) to Ian Paisley (father and son) crop up in our household on a regular basis.
wshaffer
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure if "Somebody important in Northern Irish politics, and if I'd had my coffee yet I might be able to come up with more details" counted as knowing who he was, so I didn't select an option in the poll.
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