It's with great delight that I note that Google takes note of the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of some of my favorite childhood stories. I loved Sherlock Holmes and still love the idea that if I think about a problem hard enough I can piece together the clues and solve the problem using mostly my brain.
In the past few months I have become a fan of the medical drama show House. After watching the second show, I decided that the writers of the show must be having some fun with the audience, because there were numerous similarities between House (the Doctor) and Holmes (the detective.)
In addition to the obvious homonym of sorts, House and Holmes, they both function as largely armchair detectives, both are addicted to some form of narcotic, they both have a doctor as a foil, etc. I love the smart writing of the show and love looking for the similarities. I just found that someone else has noticed and created a web page devoted to this very topic.
qv: How Dr. Gregory House is like Sherlock Holmes.