- List of QI episodes (B series)
season_name = QI Series B
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QI" series B DVD, featuring Stephen Fry(left) and Alan Davies(right).
dvd_release_date = 17 March, 2008
country = UK
first_aired = 8 October, 2004
last_aired = 26 December, 2004
num_episodes = 12
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This is a list of episodes of "
QI", the BBCcomedy panel game television showhosted by Stephen Fry.
The first series started on 11 September 2003. Although not mentioned at the time, all of the questions (with the exception of the final "general ignorance" round) were on subjects beginning with "a" (such as "arthropods", "Alans" and "astronomy"). The following four series continued the theme: the second series' subjects all began with "b", and so on.
The dates in the lists are those of the
BBC Twobroadcasts. The episodes were also broadcast on BBC Four, generally a week earlier (as soon as one episode finished on BBC Two, the next was shown on BBC Four). Aside from Alan Daviesand not adding clip shows, there are six guests that have appeared in ten or more episodes (out of 61), they are Jo Brand(18), Rich Hall(16), Phill Jupitus(16), Bill Bailey(15), Sean Lock(14) and Clive Anderson(10). Excluding the Pilot there have been a total of 51 different guest panellists in the four series to date. The fifth series began to air on BBC Two on 21 September 2007.
B Series (2004)
Episode 1 "Blue"
*8 October 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-22 points)
Bill Bailey(7 points) small|4th appearance
Jo Brand(-20 points) small|5th appearance
Sean Lock(Winner with 17 points) small|3rd appearance
*Bill - The sound of a
*Sean - The sound of a melancholy
*Jo - The sound of a woman singing soulfully
*Alan - The sound of a woman having an
*The Ancient Greeks claimed the sky was
bronzeas they had no word for blue. The Greeks never used colour to describe things. Homerbelieved that wine, the sea and sheep were red. (Forfeit: Blue):"Tangent: The word "television" comes from the Greek "tele" and the Latin"vision", making it one of the few Greek-Latin hybrid words.":"Tangent: (Incorrect) The Welsh have no word for blue. (The Welsh for blue is "Glas")"
Rainbows happen when the sun reflects off the back of a raindrop at 42 degrees. In Estonia, it's believed that if you point your finger at a rainbow, it will fall off.:"Tangent: Indigo is an Indian plant used for dyeing jeansand police uniforms."
Urineused to be the third largest exportfrom Newcastle after coaland beer, it was used to fix dye.:"Tangent: Alan's friend who could urinatethrough a high window."
insects are used in food colouring: Red E120 ( cochineal) is made from bugs. 70,000 bugs are crushed to make one pound of cochineal. It's also bad for you if you have an allergy to aspirinand sends you hyperactive. (Forfeit: Beetles):"Tangent: The difference between bugs and beetles is that bugs have sucking and piercing mandibles.":"Tangent: The controversy over Smarties still using crushed bugs in their sweets and conning vegetarians into think they're vegetarian."
*A new type of beetle is discovered roughly every hour. Since 1700, the rate has been no more than 6 hours. There are around 2,000 coleopterists in the world, and 10 million different species of beetle - around two thirds of all insects are beetles. If every
speciesof animal and plant was placed in a row, every fifth one would be a beetle and every tenth one would be a weevil.:"Tangent: Bill & Stephen's experiences as lepidopterists."
*A ptiliidae beetle can pass through the
eye of a needle, unlike a camelor the Sultan of Brunei (an example of a rich person).:"Tangent: The Natural History Museumhas 12,000,000 varieties of beetle. The largest is the Titanus giganteus and the second largest is the Hercules beetle."
Blorenge, a place in Wales, near Abergavennyand [http://www.gorringe.com/ Gorringe] (a surname) rhyme with orange. Blorenge has a famous car park in it. The horse, Foxhunter, is buried there. (Forfeit: Nothing):"Tangent: Stephen Fry's school's tailorwas named Gorringe. The man who brought Cleopatra's Needleto New York's Central Parkwas called Henry Honychurch Gorringe."
planet Marsis brown. According to the New Scientist, recent NASA images were tweaked using filters to make it appear red. (Forfeit: Red)
*Nothing prevented Henry VIII from marrying Lord Pembroke, because it was one of the
titles given to Anne Boleyn. (Forfeit: Gay Marriages Were Illegal)
*There are no green
mammals. There is a sloththat looks green, but it has algaegrowing on it, so it isn't green.
*In ancient Greece,
dildos were made from bread. This was only discovered in 1987.
Episode 2 "Birds"
*15 October 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-40 points)
Jo Brand(-8 points) small|6th appearance
Rich Hall(Winner with 3 points) small|4th appearance
Phil Kay(1 point) small|1st appearance
*At the start the panel were asked to draw a
kiwi, paying particular attention to the position of the nostrils. Alan correctly drew its nostrils at the end of the beak. Officially, a bird's bill is measured from the tip to the nostril, so the kiwi has the shortest bill of all birds.
;Topics::"Tangent: The national bird of England is the
David Livingstonecouldn't distinguish between the roar of an ostrichand the roar of a lionand claimed that the only difference was that the ostrich is seen during the day and the lion during the night.:"Tangent: Johnny Cashwas attacked ferociously by an ostrich."
tongueof a woodpeckercan extend to two-thirds of its body-length, has sticky saliva, is covered in vicious barbs and has an ear at the end of it. The tongue goes around the back of its head when it's not outside of its mouth. They can also beat wood15 times a second, which is 250 times the forcethat astronauts are subjected to. It has lots of cartilagearound its head as well.
*Since they have only 20-30
taste buds, birds can't distinguish the taste of chocolate, which is toxic to them anyway. Humans have 9-10,000 taste buds, but new ones are grown every 5 days.:"Tangent: The lethal dose of chocolate for a human is about 22lbs. One Smartie would kill a songbird.":"Tangent: Alan's friend had a hamsterwho wasn't feeling very well and his dad gave it some brandyand it died. One of Jo's friends gave their dog some LSD. Fry once kicked a hamster-ballthrough a friend's window, because he didn't know what it was. The rodent survived. Bill Bailey's girlfriend's dog ate boxes of Daz, as well as underwear. Alan's cat could open a fridge."
Skin, the largest organ in the body, weighs convert|6|lb|abbr=on and covers 18 square feet on average. A single square inchof skin has convert|20|ft|m of blood vessels, 1,300 nerve cells and 100 sweat glands. 50,000 cells are lost every second. A person will get through around 900 "skins" in a lifetime. (Forfeit: Speak For Yourself)
*Sperm can "smell" the
aromaof Lily of the Valley.
Chang and Eng Bunkerwere Siamese twins. Chang was once convicted of general assaulton a member of the audienceduring one of the twins' variety acts. However, the judgein the case could not hold Eng in prisonas well, so he set them both free. The Bunkers created the term "Siamese twins" for people who are conjoined, because they were originally from Siam. They lived till the age of 63 and married a pair of sisters and had 21 children between them. On the journey from Siam, one of the twins wanted a cold bath and the other didn't, so the captain had to separate them. Chang was a drunk and died first, so Eng woke up waiting for a doctor to separate them. Eng then died an hour later as he wrapped himself round his twin. It is believed he died from a broken heart, because he had no reason to die.
*The loudest thing in the ocean is the shrimp layer. All the bubbles that come out from them clapping their
claws make the noise. It travels at convert|30|ft/s|m/s and then pops. It can wake people up on coastal communities. They can white out the sonarof a submarineand deafen the operators through their headphones. A blue whale can hear another blue whale 10,000 miles away, but in terms of amplitude, a normal person can't hear that. (Forfeit: Blue Whale)
*Which is more likely to happen - Being killed by an
lightningor by an asteroid? - Statistically in the UK, one is more likely to be killed by an asteroidthan by lightning. A large asteroid is expected to come to Earth once every 1 million years, with the death toll in excess of 1 billion. The chances of dying from an asteroid is 1 in 6 million. (Forfeit: Struck By Lightning):"Tangent: Rich's aunt got struck by lightning on a golf course."
Camels originated from the continentof America, 20 million years ago. They spread across to other continents, because back then Bering Straitwas land, rather than sea. They became extinct in North America during the last Ice Age. (Forfeit: Africa, Asia)
pink, the Flamingoeats blue-green algae to get their pink colour. Flamingos fall over if they stood on both legs. (Forfeit: Eating Shrimps)
Fry ends the show with an
anecdoteabout the Stephens Island Wren, about the lighthousekeepers' cat killing the entire species. However, in 2004, the year this episodewas first aired, this was found to be untrue.
Episode 3 "Bombs"
*22 October 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-4 points)
Clive Anderson(1 point) small|3rd appearance
Rich Hall(2 points) small|5th appearance
Phill Jupitus(Winner with 4 points) small|2nd appearance
*In World War II, the American forces planned to equip Mexican free-tail bats with
napalm-filled ' waistcoats' so they could blow up Japanese towns, during dawn, so when the light was rising up, the bats would go into houses and they would detonate. In testing, however, the wind changed and the bats instead flamed a US army base.:"Tangent: Kamikazeis Japanese for divine wind.":"Tangent: Aeroplanes are theoretically kamikaze, because like kamikaze aircraft, they're only filled for a single journey."
Zeppo Marxcontributed to the design of release clamps used to hold the Hiroshimabomb inside the Enola Gay. Zeppo joined the Marx Brothersafter Gummo Marxleft. He appeared in 5 films, the last one was " Duck Soup". He then left to become an agent for an engineeringand designcompany. Zeppo also invented a wristwatch that could detect your pulseand gave an alarmif you were having a heart attack.:"Tangent: Groucho Marxbelieved Zeppo was the worst actor of all the Marx brothers, but everyone believes he was the funniest off-stage. Harpo Marxcould actually talk in real life. His autobiographystates that he and the other brothers stole stuff for 15 years and was happy of it."
*Russian forces trained dogs with bombs attached to hide under
tanks in order to blow them up. In training, food would be put underneath the tank, which is the most vulnerable part and then a trigger would detonate the bomb. However, the dogs would turn around in the battle and blew up the Russian tanks that they recognised in training and then the dogs were all shot.
postcardsent from Antarcticafeatured a penguinbeing serenaded by a bagpiper.:"Tangent: 50% of bagpipers suffer from repetitive strain injury."
*The common name for "Ursus Arctos" is the
Grizzly Bear, if you're a European or the Brown Bear, if you're an American. Usrus is the Latinfor bear and Arctos is from the ancient Greek for bear. The Arctic regiongets its name from the constellations of the Great Bear and Little Bear. (Forfeit: Polar Bear):"Tangent: The easiest way to tell Ant & Decapart is that Ant always stands on the left."
*Polar bears disguise themselves by hiding in something white like snow. There is a misconception that they cover their nose with their left
*Is this a
rhetorical question? (No!)
*Technically there are only 46 states in the USA, because
Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvaniaand Massachusettsare commonwealths. (Forfeit: Fifty):"Tangent: Hawaiiis the only state not to have a straight line along one of its borders."
*During World War II, the only six Americans to lose their lives on home soil did so on a
church picnicin Bly, Oregon. They were killed by Japanese "fugos" - balloon bombs. They were hard to detect on radar, because they were mostly made by schoolgirls who didn't know what they were making out of a papercalled washi. They also used the jet streamto make the balloon go faster, the interesting thing about that is that no-one else knew about it at the time. The fugo should not be confused with the Fugu fish. Between 30-100 people in Japan are poisoned by fugu and half of those die. It is believed that most Japanese people are daring enough to eat the fugu, but there are always traces of poison left, so you have to be an expert filleter. Japanese restaurants have lanterns outside with fugu skin, to show that a trained fugu filleter is inside. Part of the training involves eating the fugu that you have sliced up.:"Tangent: The Mainland United States is not largely wasteland! Birmingham, UK and Birmingham, Alabamaare both wastelands!":"Tangent: 800 Americans die in a McDonald'severy year."
*Penguins will live near the magnetic north pole in the event of a magnetic pole shift.:"Tangent: Polar bears and penguins never meet in the wild, because they live at the other ends of the earth.
Tigers and lions have never met each other either, because they live on different continents."
*The panellists are shown a picture of
Saturnand have to recognise that it is actually shown upside-down. Alan answered it correctly, but he revealed that he actually thought it should have been sideways, probably thinking it was Uranus.
*The Boy Scout salute is almost identical to the Polish army salute. The Polish army's salute is believed to originate from a Polish hero who had three fingers blown off.:"Tangent: It's now believed that the Boy Scout movement is an American invention, because of the
Woodcraft Indians, created by Ernest Thompson Seton."
Episode 4 "Bible"
*29 October 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-6 points)
Jeremy Clarkson(Winner with 5 points) small|1st appearance
Barry Cryer(-6 points) small|1st and only appearance
Jeremy Hardy(3 points) small|4th appearance
*Jeremy H. - An alarm clock going off
*Barry - A car starting
*Jeremy C. - A car starting, driving off and crashing
*Alan - A car refusing to start
*There are only 15
professionalventriloquists left in Britain. Ventriloquist means " stomachtalker". There are 280,000 heroinaddicts in Britain, 50,000 practitioners of alternative medicine, 75,000 people are in prisonand 10,000 practising druids. :"Tangent: Hercules the bear mauled a television presenter. The Sugar Puffsbear was called Jeremy. Peter Broughalways moved his lips when the doll was talking.":"Tangent: The Archbishop of Glastonbury and Stonehengeis called Rollo Maughfling.":"Tangent: The for Dutch prostitutes is about an inchthick.
Birmingham screwdriveris slangfor a hammer. (Forfeit: Drink):"Tangent: Jeremy Clarkson's description of how Birmingham people are dull, like Nigel Mansell. Many people who worked for British Leylandin the 1970s had the same colour paintall over their houses, like burnt orange. The Austin Allegrowas more aerodynamic going backwards.":"Tangent: Examples of Birmingham sayings include "He'd skin a turd for a farthing." The discussion of the folkloreof Enoch and Eliand Noddy Holder's discussion with a costumierwhere Noddy misinterprets his accent and the possibility that Jimmy Savileinvented bling."
*The Kingdom of Bhutan, having little television and no cars, has the least use for
Jeremy Clarkson. Television was only placed in Bhutan in 1999 and parking fees were recently introduced, although it has no traffic lights. Most people in Bhutan live 1 day away from a road and only 0.01% are on the Internet. The domain name for Bhutan is .bt. There are only 6,000 telephones in Bhutan, but they were only brought into Bhutan in 1980.:"Tangent: Indiahas no speed limits, and every car bought there will be involved in a fatal road accident within 5 years. The UK has the highest amount of car thefts in the world, which led to Alan revealing that his motorcyclewas stolen recently and pleaded for its return.":"Tangent: Stephen's discussion about his American cousin, who is a doctor and talked about taking corneas from people who'd been involved in motorcycle accidents in the rain." :"Tangent: Britain and Finlandare the only two democracies to have declared war on each other. It happened during World War II, because when Finland declared war on Russia, Britain declared war on Finland."
*According to the book of
Leviticus, Jews are permitted to eat grasshoppers but not cuckoos, ferrets or camels. Other things that are defined as not being kosherare lobsters, crabs, frogs, chameleons, eels, hares, snails, lizards, moles, ravens, ospreys, vultures, swans, owls, storks, herons, bats, pelicans, lapwings, prawns and eagles.:"Tangent: The story of a man who accidentally shot a Golden Eagle, while huntingfor pheasants and then told the judgehe ate it and that it tasted of swan.":"Tangent: Leviticus is a Latinisation of the "Levi", which is a type of priest. Jeremy's third puppy is called Leviticus. His first and second were called Genesis and Exodusand his fourth was called Numbers.":"Tangent: The Roadkill Cafein Wyoming, where you can bring in any roadkilland have it cooked. Their postersays "From Your GrilleTo Ours!":"Tangent: The Wedge-tailed Eaglein Australia hunts for roadkill and during the morning, the road trainruns over it and windscreen height and splatters over the driver."
*Leaders of Russia have alternated between being hairy and bald since Alexander III in 1881. The sequence goes Alexander III (bald) - Nicholas II (hairy) - Lenin (bald) - Stalin (hairy) - Khrushchev (bald) - Brezhnev (hairy) - Andropov (bald) - Chernenko (hairy) - Gorbachev (bald) - Yeltsin (hairy) - Putin (bald).:"Tangent:
Vladimir Putinhit someone who thought he resembled Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The brother of the Brontësisters, Branwell Brontëdied standing up."
English Civil Warresulted in the highest proportion of British soldiers dying. (85,000 on the battlefield, another 100,000 of wounds subsequently - 10% of the adult population) The Irish population was halved by Cromwell.:"Tangent: 90% of British people cannot name a battle in the English Civil War, 80% do not know which English king was executed by Parliament, and 67% of schoolchildren have never heard of Oliver Cromwell."
*Less than 0.02% of the Earth is water. Seven-tenths of the Earth is covered in water. Earth can also go into the Eye on
Jupiter. (Forfeit: Two-Thirds)
Andy Warholalways wore green underwear. The only funeralhe went to was his own and he didn't dance.
Robert Burnsnever wore a kilt, since kilt-wearing was illegal in the 18th century, mainly because of the Jacobite Rebellion. He was never referred to as "Robbie" or "Rabby" Burns, but sometimes "Rab".
Episode 5 "Bears"
*5 November 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-35 points)
Bill Bailey(-5 points) small|5th appearance
Jo Brand(8 points) small|7th appearance
Jimmy Carr(Winner with 15 points) small|2nd appearance
*The panel's "QI Brainteaser" was to make interesting phrases from a collection of fridge-magnet letters. Answers included:
**QI Is A Queer Idea (Stephen)
**I Love A
**Put Smarties Tubes On
Cats Legs Make Them Walk Like A Robot(Jimmy)
TiberiusCan Look Mad (Alan)
**Oh Bum (Jo)
*Other ones seen on the '"QI Series "B" DVD" are:
**Lady Bush Trap (Jo)
**Koala Soup (Alan)
**Golum Kix Habit (Bill)
**Al-Quaeda Goose Pet (Bill)
**Sex Up Fry (Alan)
Koalas make a kind of soupfrom their faeces for their young. It comes out of their bottom. They are the only animal that makes a kind of "soup" or "pap". Jo wonders why this soup hasn't been used as a bushtucker trial on "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!". Koalas aren't bears, they are marsupials. :"Tangent: Wombats have cubical faeces.":"Tangent: Koalas can tell how old a eucalyptus leafis, but scientists can't. It has to be between 1 year to 18 months old, if it's any younger, it has no value to the koala. They also sleep for between 20-22 hours a day. "Koala" means "no water" in the Dharug language."
*For the seven months that they hibernate,
bears do not defecate anywhere in the winter. They recycle the ureaas protein, so they don't need to urinateand they mix the hair and faeces to make a sort of plug that blocks the anusduring winter. She-bears give birth during hibernation. They can also give birth to 4 cubs from 4 different fathers. (Forfeit: Woods)
Toothpastemakes bears go crazy with desire. You'd be safer carrying a butchered elkleg. Dogs also go crazy from toothpaste, but there are dog toothpastes available in flavours such as peanut butterand beef.
*The animal with huge teeth and only one
facial expressionis the Giant Panda. It has the biggest teeth of any mammal and is a bear, but until 1996, it was thought to be a member of the raccoon family. The odd thing was that it was designated as a carnivore, but everyone knows it only eats bamboo and they're also the only bear that doesn't hibernate, because it has to eat bamboo for 12 hours a day to get enough nutrients. (Forfeit: Janet Street-Porter):"Tangent: A panda's penispoints backwards."
Bamboohas a tensile strengthgreater than steeland can grow up to 4 foot a day. It is used as scaffoldingfor buildings in Hong Kongand other parts of Southeast Asia. There are over 5,000 uses for bamboo. It is also a grass.:"Tangent: Bill owned a type of cactusthat flowers only once every 25 years and within 2 weeks of him buying it, it flowered."
Thomas Edisonbelieved that 15 tiny people lived within the human mind. He also believed that when you die, they moved to another person.
*Edison did not invent the light bulb, but he used bamboo as a filament for his
prototype, although one of his letters contains the first written reference of the word " hello". He had 1,093 patents in his name. The original word, "Hullo", was intended as an act of surprise, rather than a form of greeting.:"Tangent: Floccinaucinihilipilificationmeans the act of assessing something as worthless. The Evening Standardheld a competitionto find the word that people would say when answering a telephoneand "hello" was top, 2nd was "Ahoy-hoi", which was Alexander Graham Bell's preferred method.:"Tangent: Due to government regulations, Stephen Fry will probably be the last official Pipe Smoker of the Year. Bill read an article about Stephen in " The Chap" magazine, which showed that people who have a pipe have a sign of trustworthiness."
Dinosaurs beginning with 'b' include the " Brachiosaurus", Barney, " Barosaurus", " Barapasaurus", " Bagaceratops", " Becklespinax", " Byronosaurus" and " Bambiraptor". The "Brontosaurus" was misidentified with the body of an " Apatosaurus", with the skullof a " Camarasaurus". (Forfeit: "Brontosaurus")
Mike the Headless Chickenlived for two years without a head. He was fed with an eye dropper. There is even a song about him.:"Tangent: It takes a live chicken55 minutes to become a Pret a Manger sandwich."
Penicillinwas discovered by Ernest Duchesne. He discovered that Arabstable boys rubbed a mould on themselves that helped them get rid of saddlesores. The Institut Pasteur his claims, but in 1949, five years after Fleming discovered it, he was posthumously given the credit of re-discovering it, so Fleming can only claim to have re-re-discovered it. Ironically, he died of TB, which if he had some penicillin, he wouldn't have died. (Forfeit: Alexander Fleming)
*Who is the odd one out? -
Arthur Conan Doyle, Niels Bohr, Dmitri Shostakovichor Albert Camus? - Shostakovich was a qualified soccer referee, all the other played as football goalkeepers. Arthur Conan Doyleplayed in goal for Portsmouth, Niels Bohrplayed for the University of Copenhagen1st team, Albert Camuswas goalkeeper for the University of Algiersteam.
Episode 6 "Beavers"
*12 November 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-18 points)
Bill Bailey(6 points) small|6th appearance
Sean Lock(-18 points) small|4th appearance
Anneka Rice(Winner with 7 points) small|1st and only appearance
Popecould eat beaveron a Friday as it is designated by the Roman Catholic Churchas a fish, because they're scaly and live in water and in Fridays during Lent, you can't eat anything fleshy.:"Tangent: 400 tonnes of capybara(the largest rodenton Earth) are eaten in Venezueladuring Lent. Beavers excrete castoreum, which is used to make aspirin."
*If aliens were looking to abduct Earth's most successful inhabitants, they would look to
bacteria. If chickenhad no bacteria, it wouldn't taste of anything and only a few types of bacteria are dangerous. There are 40,000 speciesin a gramof soil. 75% of bacteria in the stomacharen't fully identified as separate species.:"Tangent: The Latinfor bulge is " torus", which is the doughnutshape in a particle acceleratorand the fleshy part of an apple.":"Tangent: There is a named phobiaof peanut buttersticking to the roof of your mouth, which is Arachibutyrophobia. Begonnophobiais the irrational phobia of beards. Anthropophobiais the fear of people and antherphobiais the fear of flowers and ailurophobiais the fear of cats. Every phobia has an opposite philia. (a love of something, e.g. arachnophilia is the love of spiders)"
Battle of the Bulge, the ' stomachdivision' were the soldiers with illnesses not deemed severe enough to prevent them fighting in battle. They had their own latrines and their own special diet. It was the largest and bloodiest battle in American military history. 600,000 Americans were involved, which is more than the Battle of Gettysburg, in which the Americans were on both sides. :"Tangent: German for diarrhoea = "Durchfall" literally "through fall".":"Tangent: At one Paralympics, the Spanish national basketball team pretended to be mentally ill so they could compete. They won the gold medal.
*The Earth bulges by up to 30cm twice a day.:"Tangent: Stephen's attempt to explain to Alan how the
Mooncauses the tides."
*The Earth has either 1 or 5 moons. Since the discovery of
3753 Cruithnein 1997, three more 'moons' have been discovered: 2000 PH5, 2000 WN10 and 2002 AA29. If Cruithne is classed as a moon, then so must the others. Otherwise, Earth only has one moon. (Forfeit: Two):"Tangent: There is no evidenceof lunacy being related to the full Moon."
*Since 2003, only 11 points are required to win at
table tennis. Also in 2003, the regulation size of a table tennis ballwas increased by 2mm to make it slower and easier to watch on television. (Forfeit: 21)
kangaroohas three vaginas, but only two wombs. Soon as a joey is born it crawls along its mothers bodyinto its pouch. If the joey doesn't survive the year, another joey is triggered and comes from the other womb, but the third vagina is a mystery to most researchers. The male only has two penises.:"Tangent: The clitorisis the only organ designed purely for pleasure. It also has 8,000 nerve endings, which is twice as many as in the penis."
*There is nothing special about Julius Caesar's birth. The
phraseis derived from the Latinword for cut. There was a form of Caesarean section back in Caesar's time, but the mother always died and his mother was alive well into his adulthood. Sean confused Caesar's birth with Romulus and Remus, who were famously pulled out by a wolf. (Forfeit: Caesarean Section):"Tangent: Roman statues' eyes are blank because they were later painted.":"Tangent: The most common Death Row prisoner's last mealis a cheeseburger, French fries and a Coke (A Happy Meal)."
*There are no offences for which you can be put to death in the UK. The last
capital punishments were outlawed in 1998 by Jack Straw. Arson in the Royal Dockyards was outlawed in 1971. (Forfeits: Arson In The Royal Dockyards, Treason)
*Dead bodies are eaten by bacteria.
Kitchenchopping boards contain 3 times more bacteria than toilet seats and dishcloths contain 1,000,000 times more than that. (Forfeit: Worms)
Episode 7 "Biscuits"
*19 November 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-20 points)
Rich Hall(2 points) small|6th appearance
Dara Ó Briain(Winner with 4 points - however, on his second appearance it was discovered that he should not have won because of his statement about water's triple point below, and as a forfeit had points deducted from his score on the second show to make up for his win on this show) small|1st appearance
*Arthur Smith (-18 points) small|1st appearance
*Rich - The sound of a saw sawing wood
*Arthur - The sound of a hammer hammering
*Dara - The sound of a rugby squad chanting
*Alan - The sound of the Nokia ringtone
*If someone said that the
British Empirewas built on diarrhoea, they'd be talking rubbish as no-one suffered from diarrhoea during the reign of the British Empire. They were the first imperial power to overcome diarrhoea. Pringle managed to sort it for the army and Lind managed to solve it for the Royal Navy. They originally thought that if anything smelt bad, it shouldn't be consumed. Lind also suggested that the Navy ate lemons to combat scurvy, but everywhere that had lemons hated Britain, so instead they got limes from the Caribbean, but they were only half as effective.:"Tangent: On the approach to Moscow, the French Armyslept inside the dead bodies of horses. In the Battle of El Alamein, it is believed that 50% of the Germans had diarrhoea and Rommel was in hospital on the morning of the battle. Arthur's father was at the battle himself and according to him, he was the only one who didn't get the runs, but he got constipated. He also claims "He had to dig it out with a stick."
Balletis illegal in Turkmenistan, which is odd as Turkmenistan used to be part of the Soviet Union.:"Tangent: In Turkmenistan, there is a city called Mary and a regioncalled Mary." :"Tangent: The President of Turkmenistan (who was born in the capital, Ashgabat) has his face on every yoghurtpot in the country. He has also named January after himself. He also fired 15,000 nurses and replaced them with armyconscripts."
Digestive biscuits aren't an aid to digestion. Digestives were called digestive because they were said to be anti-flatulent. In America, it's illegal to call them digestives. The word cookieis derived from the Dutch word "Koekje", meaning a cake. The Americans also have a savoury snackcalled biscuits and gravy. 450 digestive biscuits are made every second in the UK.
*The difference between a
cakeand a biscuitis that when they go stale, a cake goes hard and a biscuit goes soft. A Jaffa Cake is a cake, despite many people thinking it's a biscuit. It was proven because in 1991, Her Majesty's Customs and Excisedecided to re-classify the Jaffa Cake as a biscuit, but VAT was added to chocolate-covered biscuits as a luxury item. So, McVitie'sbaked a convert|12|in|mm|sing=on one and proved that when it went stale, it was hard, so it was a cake.:"Tangent: The Duke of Devonshire had two pastry chefs, one just for making biscuits. During World War II, he was asked to spare as much men as possible for the war, he was asked to sacrifice one of his pastry chefs and replied "Oh damn it, can't a man have a biscuit?!".":"Tangent: Peter Ustinovonce went to a school sports daythat was so posh, there was a chauffeur's race.":"Tangent: The British call posh cake "gateau", whereas the French call it "le cake". The origin of biscuitis from the Italian version known as Biscotti, which mean "twice cooked". The French shout "bis", instead of "encore" at a theatre."
*Straight roads were invented in the
Iron Age. Although, the Romans can rightly claim to have made longer road networks. Another proof that roads weren't invented by the Romans, was that there were many straight roads in Ireland, which was never invaded by the Romans. (Forfeit: Romans):"Tangent: In America, some roads in the Midwest go straight for miles, then make a sudden right , to account for the curvatureof the Earth, so that it conforms to the map. The Americans didn't invent the car as Rich claims, it was invented by the Germans."
*A group of
baboons is called a congress. A replacement word, a "flange", originates from the sketch Gerald the Gorilla, on " Not the Nine O'Clock News".
Aardvarks have the most bones in their noses, they have nine or ten. Elephants don't have any. (Forfeit: Elephants)
Anders Celsius, the boiling pointof water is 0°C. He decided that water should boil at 0°C and that ice should melt at 100°C. (Forfeit: 100 Degrees):"Tangent: The triple pointof water (when all three states of water ( gas, liquid and solid) may coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium) is 0°C (In Series "C", Episode 12, this was found to be ).":"Tangent: -40°C & -40°F are the same temperature. Fahrenheit was invented before Celsius. The British way of using Fahrenheit when it's hot and Celsius when it's cold."
*What did Mussolini do? - The only
trainhe made run on time was one carrying himself from Milanto Rome run on time so he could become Prime Minister. All other improvements in the Italian transport system happened before he came to power. (Forfeit: Made Trains Run On Time)
*Which eye did Nelson wear his
eyepatchon? - He never wore one, he only wore an eyepatch in Ladybird Books. (Forfeit: Right):"Tangent: Nelson bought a lot of shiny silverstars for 25 shillings and then put on a sashfrom the King of Naples. Then, from around 50 feet, the French shot him. He never lost his eye, just the sight of his eye. Lady Hamilton was vastly overweightand had a Lancashire accent."
Episode 8 "Bees"
*26 November 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-19 points)
Rich Hall(Winner with 5 points) small|7th appearance
Jo Brand(-8 points) small|8th appearance
Fred MacAulay(4 points) small|1st and only appearance
Alan Daviessound of someone belching
Jo Brandsound of bacon sizzling
Rich Hallsound of bottle being uncorked
Fred MacAulaysound of soda pouring
Bees discovered that the world was round, as they used the Sunas a radarto find nectar. Out of all the bees in the world, only the honey beedies, when it stings you, but wasps are more likely to die after stinging you.:"Tangent: Termitemounds are spiralshape, because as termites build them, they keep out of the Sun.":"Tangent: If you put a magnetnext to a honeycomb, it becomes cylindrical. The reason that the cells are hexagons, because it uses the minimum amount of wax for the maximum amount of storage in a given area.":"Tangent: Eddie Izzardonce claimed that it was odd that bees make honey, but earwigs don't make chutney. The lifetime of 12 bees, makes a teaspoonof honey. Bees also only have 950,000 neurons in their brain, whereas humans have 10 billion."
*Bees buzz because they control their
breathing through 14 valves on their body known as spiracles. Less than 1% of the noise comes from their wings. The bees breathing is a comparison to a human using a trumpet. (Forfeit: Wings)
Barnacles were thought to be the embryos of a Barnacle Goose. Barnacles have the biggest penisof any existing animal, relative to their size. It's 7 times bigger than its shell.:"Tangent: When W. H. Audenwas growing old, he had an incredibly lined face and David Hockneywas commissioned to do some paintings of him and said "Blimey, if that's his face, what can his scrotumlook like?"
*Nelson inspired his men after he died by asking them to store his
bodyin a barrelof brandyon the journey back from Cape Trafalgarto Portsmouth. It's believed that his men used tubes of macaronithrough the barrel to have a drink and the phrase"Tapping The Admiral" was made, but this story is believed to be untrue.
Male anglerfishare deemed to be pathetic compared to their female counterparts, because they are 6 times smaller and after on to the female while mating, they disappear until their testes were left on the female's body. The rod on top of the anglerfish's head is bioluminescent.
Chicken tikka masalawas invented in Glasgowand it glows in the dark, thanks to a company called Biolume, who have created a chemicalthat makes food glow in the dark. Chicken tikka masala doesn't exist in Bangladeshor India. In a restaurantin Glasgow, a chicken tandoori was made and a customerasked for some gravyon it, so the chefimprovised with tomato soup, creamand spices. It has no official definition, but it can be any temperatureor any colour. Robin Cookclaims it is the "great British national dish".:"Tangent: Jo once did a gig in the Isle of Man, where she got given a curryserved with a cup of teaand some breadand butter.":"Tangent: Scottish people have the worst teeth and hearts in Europe."
*It's possible to live in
Mexicoand not get complaints from your neighbours about eating Smut, a fungusthat is grown there.:"Tangent: Alan's relentless silly jokes."
*Which has more
caffeine- a cup of teaor a cup of coffee? - A cup of coffee contain 3 times more caffeine than a cup of tea. Weight for weight though there is more caffeine in tea. (Forfeit: Cup Of Tea)
*The only ball game completely invented in the United States is
basketball. Originally, the basket was a peach basket, but they didn't put a hole in it, so every time there was a score, they had to get a ladderto get the ball out. A woman then created netball, but she misinterpreted the rules and thought that you had to stay still when you received the ball. Volleyballwas also invented at Springfield Collegelike basketball and netball. Lacrossewas also invented in America, but it was before it became the United States. (Forfeit: Baseball)
*Nelson's last words were "Drink, drink, fan, fan, rub, rub!" This was a to alleviate his
symptoms of thirst, heat, and the pains of his wounds from battle. He was given lemonade, water and wineto alleviate his thirst, he was fanned by a fan and another person massaged his back. "Kiss me, Hardy" is what was actually claimed to be said, "Kismet, Hardy" is completely made-up.(Forfeit: Kismet, Hardy)
Episode 9 "Bats"
*3 December 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-72 points)
Rich Hall(Joint Winner With 4 points) small|8th appearance
Josie Lawrence(Joint Winner With 4 points) small|1st and only appearance
John Sessions(-14 points) small|3rd appearance
Moth larvaeeat clothes. Moths are only a quarter of an inchlong. They don't eat synthetic clothing or anything that has been dry cleaned, which is why there are probably fewer of them. They work as well as a mothball. (Forfeit: Moths):"Tangent: Leopards take their dead preyup a tree and leave it for days, often returning and eatingthe rotting animal . Cheetahs only eat fresh flesh. It is also believed that "Tyrannosaurus rex" also wait for their prey to rot as well."
*Butterflies are an
evolutionfrom moths - they came out during the daytime to avoid being eaten by bats. There are two theories on why butterflies are so called; one is that it is derived from the Dutch word "to excrete butter" and the other is that the most common butterfly when the Anglo-Saxonsinvaded Britain were yellow. (See also Differences between butterflies and moths):"Tangent: Rich claims he ate animals that had food in their names, such as "butterfly", " honey bee" and " hamster".":"Tangent: If anyone put cotton woolin the ears of a bat, they would be completely useless, because they couldn't use their echolocation. A French scientist proved this theoryin the 18th century, but it was poo-pooed and only believed 150 years later.":"Tangent: Stephen once saw David Attenboroughdo an interviewwhere he was explaining that bats never got caught in your hair, while he was trying to get one out. Josie once did an interview when she was asked "Who do you want to be like?" She said Attenborough, because she liked the work he's done and his wisdom, etc. But a couple of weeks later, it was revealed that the questionwas "Who do you most want to look like?":"Tangent: When Richard Attenboroughwas directing Ben Kingsleyin Gandhi and Attenborough's first assistant director David Tomblinwas told to tell the 1 million extras to feel sad, because Gandhi had died, but then he shouted through his megaphone, "Right, listen up, Gandhi's dead and you're all fucking sad"."
sonar, shown in an experimentusing bells: a pitch black roomwith bells hung from the ceilingand bats flying around created no noise, but owls did run into the bells.:"Tangent: Stephen tells the story of how his aga kept going out, so the man stayed overnight in his house. It was discovered that an owl had roosted on top of the cowlingof the flue and blocked the chimney."
Batologyis the studyof brambles and blackberries, chiroptologyis the study of bats. There are over 1,000 different types of bramble.
*Batophobia is the fear of being close to tall buildings. Another
phobiasimilar to that is bathophobia, which is the fear of . (Forfeit: Fear Of Blackberries)
Battologymeans pointlessly repeating the same thing over again.:"Tangent: One of Stephen's friends claimed that sugarwas the only English word that had the "shu" sound at the start and began with the letters 'su'. Stephen then asked "Are you sure?" One of Alan's friends called Dave constantly repeats all his words, so he is referred to as "Dave-ja vu"."
Swedenon 1 January 1994, there was the same number of 8 year old girls (112,521) as there were 9 year old girls on 1 January 1995, with no migration or death, which is unique in all population statistics. In Britain during 1994, 8 people were injured by placemats, 13 were injured by cruets, 5 were wounded by dustpans, 8 had bread bin accidents, 5 were injured by sieves, 14 were injured by serving trolleys, 17 for draught excluderinjuries, 476 were injured on the toilet, underwear hurt 11 people. Tea cosydamage was down from 3 in 1993 to 0 in 1994.:"Tangent: Acronyms used in hospitals such as, GOOMER - Get Out Of My Emergency Room and SARA - Sexual Activity Related Accidentand NFN - Normal For Norfolk."
tourist attractionin Canada between 1934 and 1943 was the Dionne quintuplets. They were 5 girls who were born from a single egg to a poor family. Their father wanted to exhibit them, so the Canadian Government agreed to exhibit them to raise money. The parents got their children 9 years later, but they all left at the age of 18. In 1998, the two surviving quintuplets were given $4 million from Mike Harrisas compensation. (Forfeit: Niagara Falls)
*In the first recorded
Olympic Gamesin 776 BC, the only event was the 192 m (600 ft) sprint. (Forfeit: Discus, Javelin, Hammer, 200m)
*The winner of the first Olympics was
Koroibos, who was a naked chef. All the other competitors ran in the nude.
*The length of the
marathon(26 miles and 385 yards) was dictated by the one run at 1908 Olympic Games in London. The British Royal Familydictated that the race started outside a window at Windsor Castleand the finish line at the White City Stadium. The original marathon ran by Pheidippideswho was delivering a messagefrom the Battle of Marathonto Athens. The nearest source came from Herodotus, who was born 6 years later, he claimed that Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Sparta, which was about convert|145|mi|km and ran back, he also didn't die as many sources claim. It was a mythcreated by Plutarch500 years later.
*The first modern
Olympic Gameswere held in 1850 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England and arranged by William Penny Brookesof the Wenlock Olympian Society, according to Baron de Coubertin, the man credited with finding the modern Olympics. As a baron, he used his political to inform people about the 1896 Olympics in Athens. King George I of Greece sent a silver medalas a prizeto the Much Wenlock Games. Brookes died a year before the Athens Olympics. (Forfeit: Athens, Greece)
*Charles XIV of Sweden had a
tattoosaying " Deathto kings", because he used to work for Napoleon Bonaparte. Charles XIII of Swedenadopted him, then after he died, he became king and backed away from France, forged an with England and Russia, invaded Norwayand his family are still the rulers of Sweden.
Harald I of Denmarkwas the source of the name of Bluetooth technology.
*St. Bernard dogs carried
barrels of milknot brandy. It is a mythcreated by the tourism industry. Brandy would kill a person with hyperthermia. The only evidence of St. Bernard's with brandy is from an 1831 paintingby Landseer. The dog in the painting was called Barry, who saved 40 lives, but was killed by his 41st rescuee, who mistook him for a wolf. In his honour, the handsomest dog at the Great St Bernard Pass hospiceis named "Barry" in his honour. (Forfeit: Brandy):"Tangent: St. Anthony is the patron saintof lost things. Stephen dismisses as bullshit Josie's claims that if you stood still for half an hour, he'd help find any missing article."
Episode 10 "Bills"
*10 December 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-26 points)
Phil Kay(0 points) small|2nd appearance
Clive Anderson(Winner with 1 point) small|4th appearance
John Sessions(-10 points) small|4th appearance
*Clive - A
*Phil - A
*John - An enthusiastic schoolboy saying "I know Sir! Sir, please Sir! I know!"
*Alan - A
*A "Draw A Wigwam Contest":The panellists were originally asked to do it in the style of an
artistwhose surnamebegan with "B" (the letter of the series).
*Alan: BoschThey were then told to do it however they wanted.
At the end, everyone revealed their drawings, but everyone accidentally drew teepees instead of a
wigwam(except Clive Anderson, who twisted the competition by drawing the pop group Wham!wearing wigs).The main difference between a teepee and a wigwam is that a teepee is made out of buffalo hide and sticks and were mainly lived in by Indians from the Great Plains, whereas wigwams are mainly made of hayand were lived in by Indians from the Northeast.
*There are over 200 folk names for a
pansy, more than any other flower, including "jolly jump-up and meet me in the corner", "tickle my fancy", "love idol", "kiss me in the buttery", "pink of my John" and Heartsease. The word "pansy" originates from the French word "pensée" meaning "thought" or "idea", because they were believed to help with the memory. You can eat them in a teathat can be used to help the complexionand clearing the phlegm.
Bottomryis when the master of a ship borrows money upon the bottom or keelof it, so as to forfeit the ship itself to the creditor, if the money is not paid at the time appointed with interest at the ship's safe return.
Buffalo Billdid nothing with buffaloes, because buffaloes in America are actually bison. The bison aren't even related to the buffaloes. In 18 months, Buffalo Bill killed 4,280 bison, while he worked for the Pony Expressas a boy. The advert that Buffalo Bill applied to says "Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders willing to riskdeath daily, orphans preferred. Wages: $25 a week." The Pony Express only lasted 19 months, so Buffalo Bill was then hired by the Kansas Pacific Railwayto kill bison to gather food for the constructionworkers. In " Dances with Wolves", the Native Americans just killed them for fun. The Native Americans preferred to lure them over cliffs, by causing them to stampede, because they can't stop stampeding. Cows eventually replaced the bison, but they created a dust bowl, so then bison were re-introduced by crossing them with the cattle. There were 60 million bison at the end of the 17th century, down to a few hundred at the end of the 19th century. There are now around 50,000.:"Tangent: The Bayeux Tapestryisn't a tapestryeither, it's officially a piece of embroidery. John was in Buffalo when he heard of the death of Elvis Presley."
*Sitting Bull's (who defeated General Custer at the
Battle of the Little Bighorn) real name was Jumping Badger. He inherited the name "Sitting Bull" from his his father when he was a teenager. He killed his first bison when he was 10. He then took part in a rading on a pro-Crow Indian settlement. Bulls sit down when it's about to rain, like Ferdinand the Bull. Her mother was called "Her-Holy-Door".
BBCpaid Hilda Wright 3 guineas for the 3 radio programmes of the Flower Pot Men. Since acquiring the rights, the BBC made £2 million from videosales of the series. She named Bill and Ben after her brothers. When they were naughty, their mother said "Was it Bill, or was it Ben?", which became the catchphrasethe show. Their little sister, Phyllis was Little Weed.:"Tangent: Flobbadob (the language used by the Flower Pot Men) was named by Peter Hawkins(who also was a Dalekand Cybermanin Doctor Whoand in 1999, was associate producer of a show called "The Lifestyle: Group Sex In The Suburbs") because it sounded like a fartin a bath. (which turns out to be untrue, see QI Series "D", Episode 8)."
Billy the Kidand Ben-Hurare connected to Lew Wallace. He signed Billy the Kid's death warrant while he was Governor of New Mexico and wrote in 1880.:"Luvvie Alarm: When John Sessions met Robert Redfordat the Sundance Film Festival, he mentioned to him that The Sundance Kid was Welsh or at least had Welsh stock."
*As you go upstairs in a tall building, your thoughts in your head, your breathing and
metabolismgo faster, because time is slower, the weaker the gravity.
*The best floor of a building to throw a cat without killing it is the 7th floor.
Experiments were done on them from different floors. The higher up to the 5th floor, the rate of injuryincreased. But, after the 7th floor, they can reach their terminal velocityof 60 mph. Like a squirrel, they spread themselves out and parachutedown. Cats have even survived from falling aeroplanes.:"Tangent: The story of a Shropshireman who catapults dead cows."
materialin the world is Perovskite, named after the minerologist CountLev Perovski. It's a mineralcompound of magnesium, siliconand oxygen. It accounts for half of the world's massand is what most of the Earth's mantle is made of. (Forfeit: Oxygen, Water)
*In 63 AD,
Pompeiiwas destroyed by an earthquake. Then of course around 16 years later, it was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius, even though it wasn't fully rebuilt. It's also due to erupt soon. It's also believed that the Phoenician civilizationwas finished by a volcanic eruption.:"Tangent: Alan talks about his trip to Pompeii, where there are bits of sulphur crust that you can walk across, although they are fenced off, but you can only go over it in pairs, and the guides tell the school people not to jump up and down on the thin crust."
Roman Emperors ordered gladiators' deaths by putting their thumbs up. The saving symbolinvolved placing the thumb inside the hand, known as "pollex compressus". The gladiator's swordis known as the gladius. (Forfeit: Thumbs Down):"Tangent: In Sicily, many hitchhikers are killed on the roadside, by putting their thumbs up.":"Tangent: In Ancient Greece, instead of gladiator fights, they had naked wrestling."
organizationthat the Americans fought in the Vietnam Warwas the Việt Minh, named after their greatest hero, Hồ Chí Minh. The Americans invented the words "Việt Cộng", "Charlie" and "the Gooks". The CIA believed that "Việt Cộng" sounded more menacing and was associated with communism. (Forfeit: Việt Cộng):"Tangent: The Americans gave the Viet Minh a huge amount of money, when they were on the same side. Then using the Americans arms, the Viet Minh forced the French to surrender Indochinain 1954.":"Tangent: In Denmark, King Kongis known as Kong King."
Episode 11 "Beats"
*17 December 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-13 points)
Mark Gatiss(-4 points) small|1st and only appearance
Sean Lock(-8 points) small|5th appearance
*Linda Smith (Winner with 2 points) small|3rd and final appearance
* Sean - The first four notes of Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony"
* Mark - A selection from Handel's "Water Music"
* Linda - A selection from Vivaldi's "Spring"
* Alan - The final two bars of "
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", slowly, on a glockenspiel
Snakes prefer to look at musical instruments, since they have no ears. Although it was recently revealed that they have an otic nerve. All you have to do is pretend you have an instrument and it will still move around as if it was mesmerised by the actions.:"Tangent: Alan's claims that there aren't any rattlesnakes on television anymore."
*What have cats got to do with
violins? - Nothing, sheep's guts are used for making violinstrings. In Medievaltimes, it was considered unlucky to kill cats, so the people who had the monopolyon violins claimed that they used catguts, because their rivals would never kill a cat. The same rival families have been making them for over 600 years. Nowadays nylonand steelare added, but many claim the sheepgut is still the best. A cat's penishas barbs and a bone in it. (Forfeit: Catgut Strings):"Tangent: In Australia, it was discovered that sheep possess Morphic resonance, mainly because they use this knowledge to get across cattle grids. It started in Britain with blue tits, they were able to peck the bottle top of a milk bottlewithin a week of it being discovered in Scotlandand England."
Spiders like listening to classical music, according to research at the Ohio University. When listening to technoand rap, they made their webs as far away from the speaker as possible, but when listening to Bach, they made their webs as near to the speaker as possible. Huntsman spiders are the only spiders with lungs.:"Tangent: Spiders wrap flies in their web and drink them by dissolvingthem.":"Tangent: Flies listen with their eight feet and their penis is on the end of their feeleron top of their head. As well as having eight feet, they have eight eyes.":"Tangent: "Tesco music" - a mix of technoand discomusic."
NASAdid an experiment on spider webs after the spider has had caffeine, LSD and marijuana. When subjected to LSD, they were more geometrical. When they had caffeine, they were all over the place and with marijuana, they slightly in between the other two.:"Tangent: 80% of humans take caffeine at least once a day.":"Tangent: At the British Museum, there is an exhibitionwhich has a meshwith 14,000 pills sewn into it, which dictates the amount of pills taken by an average First Worldperson during their lives."
Synesthesiais a term created by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which is when you think of a colour when you hear a sound. Neuroscientist Julian Ashertried to explain it while he was a child, because when the orchestraplayed, the colour seemed to improve while the music was playing."
*In 1988, Warner Communications paid $28,000,000 for the rights to the song "
Happy Birthday To You". It was composed in 1924 by two women, but Irving Berlinfirst included the words to the music in 1933. Officially, if you sing it in a public place, you owe Warner Communications money. It was also the first song to be sung in space, by the Apollo 9crew. The song was originally a song to be sung in class, referred to as "Good Morning To All".
*Mike Batt's (who wrote the song for "
The Wombles") worst compilation was the song "One Minute Silence", which he stole from John Cage's notable 1952 record 4′33″, which is total silence. He actually credited the song as "One Minute Silence (Batt/Cage)" and he also wrote the song for William Hague's 1997 leadership campaign.:"Tangent: Sean's best radio link was when Dale Wintonwas linking Batt's song "Bright Eyes", in which he said, "Listen to that, a song about a rabbit, written by a Batt.":"Tangent: Alan was frightened when he saw "The Wombles" as a child, because they were normal-sized men in Womble suits, rather than the small creatures seen on the TV.":"Tangent: Linda's friends were in a production of " The Wind in the Willows" and they weren't getting on. One was the badger, the other was Mr. Toad. When Badger told him to mend his ways, Toad said "Fuck off, you stripey bastard!"
*During a news bulletin on
Good Fridayin the year 1930, there was no news, so the presenter played some music for a period of 10 minutes. Apart from football matches, the only main thing going on was a rebellionin Chittagong, India, but that didn't happen until after the news had finished.:"Tangent: Linda's claim that local newspapers never have a good story to write. Her former local paper, the Sheffield Staronce had the main headline as "WORKSOP MAN DIES OF NATURAL CAUSES"."
*A sheet of music is shown - it is the Bennesh movement notation, better known as the
Hokey Cokey. The American version was made by a man called Larry LaPrisewho died in 1996. At his funeral, it is claimed they had trouble with his coffin, because they put his left leg in, then the trouble started.
*The first invention to break the
sound barrierwas a whip's sonic boom. The sound of a whip isn't leatherhitting leather, it a loop made by the whip that tapers to a point and reaches a speed of 724mph. It was only discovered after humans used high-speed cameras to slow it down. (Forfeit: Cannonball)
*When you listen to the waves in a seashell, you hear the air. (Forfeit: The
Sea, Blood Vessels)
*The composer of
Twinkle Twinkle Little Starwas Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who made some variations of the tune when he was 5 years old.:"Tangent: Alan's similarity to the "new" Anne Robinson."
Episode 12 "Birth" (Christmas special)
*26 December 2004 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-52 points)
Rich Hall(Winner with 7 points) small|9th appearance (6th appearance of the series)
Mark Steel(2 points) small|1st appearance
Phill Jupitus(-3 points) small|3rd appearance
Stephen Fry(-56 points)
*Rich - A drum intro, à la "20th Century Fox"
*Mark - An elaborate piano sequence
*Phill - A moving marching band piece on trumpet (which Phill stands to attention to)
*Alan - An upbeat selection of yodelers
*As well as being the gas that inflates
balloons, heliumalters the timbreof the voice and the sound travels faster through helium. (Forfeit: Makes It Go Up):"Tangent: Health & Safety wouldn't allow a demonstration of using helium on people's voices."
*The link between
Santa Clausand Emperor Penguins is that they "come once a year".:"Tangent: Aristotlebelieved that having sexwhile facing northwards led to stronger and healthier babies."
*People who smoke shorten their
life expectancyby 5 years, while cutting off the testicles adds 13 years.
Barbers did castrations as the practice was illegal, they explained it as an accident; Castrati are people that sing in a high pitch because they have been castrated.
*There were no animals present at birth of
Jesus. In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi first came up with the idea that Jesus was in a crib. (Forfeit: Ass, Camel, Cow, Sheep)
Bibledoes not state that there were three Wise Men (or kings), they were priests, it just said that there were three gifts. It doesn't even say there were three of them or even if they were male.:"Tangent: Fry talks about his interview with the president of Uganda(and David Frost)."
*The name of Herod's wife was Doris. (Forfeit: Mrs Herod)
Middle Ages, the churchsimultaneously recognised Saint Anne(Jesus' grandmother) had seven different heads. (Forfeit: One)
*Water bears can die and come back to life after three days of being dead.:"Tangent: What special powers would panellist have?
*The coldest place in the universe is in
Louisiana- scientists took the temperature down to a fraction above absolute zero.
;General Ignorance::Davies and Fry change place, Davies asks the questions (All Alan's questions had pictures relating to them on the studio's big screens)
Thomas Sørensenplays in goal for Aston Villa.
*Mozart's middle name was Wolfgang. (Forfeit: Amadeus)
*There are six different states of matter (
Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Bose–Einstein condensateand Fermionic condensate). (Forfeit: Four)
Northern Hemisphere, water drains in whichever direction you choose. ( Coriolis effect)
penguins in the Falkland Islandssee jets they move away from the noise. (Forfeit: Fall Over)
*There are no
sacredanimals in India. (Forfeit: Cow)
In the DVD (released 17 March, 2008), there were some extra features which contained deleted scenes and extras.
*Most Australians call a
prawna "Prawn". The "Foster's" advert featuring Paul Hoganabout "Putting another shrimp on the barbie" was made for the American market. (Forfeit: Shrimp):"Tangent: The colour "Barbie pink" is copyrighted by the MattelCorporation, which makes the Barbiedoll.":"Tangent: Prawns are like the maggots of the sea. They feed off effluent pipes."
coleopterists discovered four new species of beetle per day, it would take them three-and-a-half years to discover all 10 million.
Bombardier beetles squirt a mixture of hydroquinoneand hydrogen peroxideout of their arses at a temperature of 400 degrees Celsius.:"Tangent: Jo asks if there is any point to knowing any of the information given to her on "QI". Stephen responds by saying that it tends to be those who say "What it is the point of learning something" that come off worse in life."
:"Tangent: Alan tells the old joke about the funeral of the man who invented the
Hokey Cokey. This joke was actually broadcast in the "Beats" episode."
*Young, single, female turkeys can give birth without having sex. This is known as "
Parthenogenesis" - in other words, "The virgin birth", hence why eating them at Christmas is rather appropriate. They are the largest animal to have parthenogenic sex. Correction: Komodo dragons are the largest animals to have parthenogenic sex.:"Tangent: 11 million turkeys are eaten in Britain every Christmas.":"Tangent: Stephen had a friend who used to work for " Bernard Matthews". "Bernard Matthews" employed someone to work on the idea of giving turkeys an extra third leg under the breast, so they could move around because they were so fat.":"Tangent: Catfishhave the most tastebuds of any living thing.":"Tangent: Winston Churchillsaid he liked pigs, because cats look down at you, dogs look up at you, but pigs look you in the eye and regard you as an equal. It has been known for pigs to eat dead humans.":"Tangent: Alan comments how people rob him. He was once robbed when he was asked by some kids if he was, "Off the telly". Another stole his car by putting a bamboo hook through his letterbox and stealing his car keys. Another time, someone broke through his front door at the middle of the night. Alan found him in the kitchen. Alan however was wearing only a T-shirt, so the kid run off scared.":"Tangent: "Onanism", meaning " Masturbation" comes from the Bible. All the people in the city of Onanmasturbated. Dorothy Parkercalled her pet parrot "Onan" because, "It spilled its seed on the ground.":"Tangent: The Kinsey Reportsshowed that 90% of American males masturbated regulary. When asked in an interview what this figure meant, Kinsey said, "It tells us that 10% of males are liars.":"Tangent: In early castration procedures, the candidate was placed on a bed and asked if he would ever regret castration. If the answer was "No", the candidate was bound in tight bandages, given a bowl of nerve-stunning herbal tea and then the genitals were then dipped in an extremely hot chilli sauce to desensitise them. The penis and testicles were then swiftly cut off with a small, curved knife in a single movement. A metal plug was then inserted into the remains of the root of the urethra so that the man could still urinate. The entire wound was then bandaged and left to heal."
*There is a polar bear jail in
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. It can hold up to 23 bears. Churchill is the coldest town in Canada.:"Tangent: There was a German man who liked eating endangered species. He would telephone zoos whenever animals died and asked if he could eat them. He was found to have a freezer full of endangered animal meat."
:"Tangent: Alan claims that children's plasticine characters Morph and Charlie are named after morphine and cocaine. Stephen believes that it is an urban myth."
*The Great London Beer Disaster of 1814 happened when a 22ft tall vat of beer broke at the
Meux's Brewery, leading to other vats in the brewery to also break. Thousands of gallons of beer poured into the slums of St Giles and nine people died. The whole place smelt of beer for months afterwards. Members of the public came to visit the site, with some people making their dead relatives tourist attractions.:"Tangent: Morris dancingis much different to modern folk music. Much of it is about fertility- the maypolefor example.":"Tangent: Russian soldiers during the Second World War used to take a duck, put the head in a drawer and have sex with the duck. The wiggling feet added to the pleasure. At the moment of climax, the soldiers would slam the draw shut.":"Tangent: " Manna", as in the food that came down from heaven and eaten by the Israelites, means "What is it?" in Hebrew. It was shaped like a coriander seed and tasted of honey.":"Tangent: Alan, and then Stephen have a rant about people forcing their views on others, whether it is religious or otherwise."
:"Tangent: Jo is angry about not being filmed correctly when she tests her buzzer."
:"Tangent: In the early 1980's, during
The Troublesin Northern Ireland, Stephen, Hugh Laurieand Robert Bathurstwent to do a comedy show. The three were travelling on a dark green minibus and had just had haircuts, so they looked just like soldiers. In order to avoid being shot mistakenly, the three of them stuck their faces against the windows and pulled faces."
:"Tangent: Stephen sneezes very loudly. He apologises to the sound department for the shock. The department respond by playing dramatic music to him."
*The Toronto Stork Derby was an event where a very rich man called
Charles Vance Millarwho left a prize in his will to the woman who could give birth to the most children in ten years. Two women give birth to ten children in ten years. Amongst those was a stillborn child and three or four "Obvious bastards". As the money became worth more and more over time (it was in stock - it eventually became C$750,000.) At the end, four women who gave birth to nine child shared the prize, with the two who were disqualified got C$12,500 each. Millar also left share in race tracks to anti-gambling clerics and shares in breweries to prohibitionists.
*There is no such animal as a panther. It is a black leopard. "Panther" is a Greek word meaning "All beasts".
Johann Sebastian Bachand George Frideric Handelhad their sight stolen from them by the same Taylor - John Taylor. He was a fraud who claimed to be an oculist. He gave both of them cataractoperations that resulted in them losing their eyesight.:"Tangent: Alan tells a joke about mass murderer Harold Shipman. The joke goes that Shipman has a curry for his last meal. When asked if he enjoyed it, he said, "Yeah, but I could murder a nan." The joke goes down badly.":"Tangent: Alan talks about a whip display he saw at a theme park where a child was blinded. These leads into a rant about anti-smoking adverts and debt adverts. Stephen then mocks Alan who did an advert for "Abbey National". Alan gets his own back because Stephen did an advert for " Alliance & Leicester"."
:"Tangent: Phill claims that a terrible superhero would be "Super Asthmatic". Alan goes on to talk about the comedian Paul Ramone, who used to do a character called "Lizard Man", who was a rubbish superhero. The character's theme tune was, "Lizard Man! Lizard Man! Does whatever a lizard can: Nothing much.":"Tangent: When
Albert Einsteinfirst visited America, his secretary took a phone call from someone who asked for Einstein's address. The secretary said she could not give the information and asked who was speaking. It turned out to be Einstein, who had forgotten where he lived.":"Tangent: When asked during "General Ignorance" about "What kind of animal is sacred in India", Phill comments on the unnatural way he himself says, "The cow"."
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/2/ British Comedy Guide - Series B]
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