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Sherlock Holmes

Even a world class detective couldn't find a reference in the novels

MMDE: Sherlock Holmes says "Elementary, my dear Watson" in the orignal novels

Current: The quote is only in the films and TV series

In the original Sherlock Holmes novels, do you remember him saying 'Elementary, my dear Watson'? If so, you may be experiencing an MMDE, because as famous a quote as it is, he never did and it was only added in the films.

His first appearance was in 1887 in A Study In Scarlet as a character in a series of short stories in The Strand Magazine. His creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, realised the popularity of the character right from the start, and by 1927 he'd appeared in 4 novels and 56 short stories.

He holds the Guinness World Record for "The most portrayed movie character in history", so you can expect to find the quote many times in his films. But the original novels? There appears to be no clue...