Re: Why do non-fans think we think it's real?
Another problem non-TrekKers can't get around is the large continuity base vs Trek Lit. (Iknow, I know--another arguement) Most of us can rattle off trivia endlessly.
Sherlock Holmes is another fictional character that a lot of otherwise grounded folks will get red in the face insisting was a real person.
Damn The Romans!--Leto II, God Emperor, to His Memories (Frank Herbert)