List of QI episodes (A series)
season_name = QI Series A
caption = The front cover of the "
QI" Series A DVD, featuring Stephen Fry(right) and Alan Davies(left).
dvd_release_date = 6 November 2006
country = UK
first_aired = 11 September 2003
last_aired = 23 December 2003
num_episodes = 12 + unbroadcast pilot
next_series = Series B|
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.
Disclaimer: Some facts stated during the series have since been found to be incorrect, in some cases due to a mistake and others by becoming outdated. Where possible these entries have been highlighted.
televisionbut released as an extra on the Series 1 DVD. This is also the only episode in which the scores are announced after each round. On the broadcast episodes, the scores are only revealed at the end of the game.
Alan Davies(118 points)
Bill Bailey(Winner with 132 points)
Eddie Izzard(131 points) small|1st and only appearance
Kit Hesketh-Harvey(125 points) small|1st and only appearance
Gibraltarian Minister of Tourism is called Joe Holliday, the Archbishop of Manila is called Cardinal Sin and the German name "Dick Brett" means "Thick Plank"."
Bobo Fingis a language spoken by 10,000 people in Mali. Not to be confused with Bobo (a language of Burkina Faso) or Gogo (spoken by 10 million in Tanzania).
King Arthur's lancewas called Ron, short for Rongomynad. His helmetwas named Goosewhite, his armourwas called Wygar and his war cry was "Clarence!" His sword" Excalibur" isn't actually called "Excalibur, the original name is "Caliburn".:"Tangent: Paul Danielsperforming a magic trick based on the legend of King Arthur."
*'Butter hamlets' are small
tropical fishwhich can be found in 10 different colours.
*Tim is the 6th most popular name for a baby boy in
Germany. In 1992, the French Government relaxed the laws on what French childrencould be legally christened and the following year, the most popular name for a baby French boy was Kevin. (Forfeit: Adolph - because Stephen's card was spelt like that and Alan who said the answer was thinking "Adolf" as in Adolf Hitler, the penalty was reduced to -8 points)
Richard Gere's middle name is Tiffany. (Forfeit: Gerbil):"Tangent: The name for the Director of Planning & Strategic Development at Aberdeen City Council is Peter Cockhead."
*Bill - 15
*Alan - 25
*Eddie - 31
*Kit - 35
:"Tangent: When Queen Victoria came to the
thronein 1837, there were no bathrooms in Buckingham Palace. King George IV had a magnificent marblebath at the Brighton Pavilion, but Victoria had it sawn up into mantlepieces."
William Huskisson, the first person killed in a rail accident, had previously escaped death after a horsefell on his headduring his honeymoon.
bones from penises of badgers were used by Victorian gentlemen as tie clips. Every primate except man has a penis bone known as the baculum. Badgers are nocturnal and their hairused to be used in the making of shaving brushes.:"Tangent: A pig's penis is a spiral-shape."
Rectal inflationwas an old method of blowing tobacco smoke through the rectumas a means to resuscitate the drowned.
*Victorians who could not afford
chimney sweeps would drop a goosedown the chimneyor make it fly up through the chimney to clean it instead.
*Alan - 45
*Eddie - 46
*Bill - 68
*Kit - 80
:"Tangent: The Finnish word for "bad news" is "Jobinposti". The Dutch word "Nijlpaard" means
hippopotamusand "Koksmuts" means a chef's hat."
*Guessing the meanings of Dutch words.
**"Pronk" - Flaunt
**"Sloot" - Ditch
**"Kloof" - Gap
**"Lonk" - To Ogle
**"Oog" - Eyes
**"Wanklank" - A discordant noise
*"Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog moesten vele Nederlanders tulpenbollen eten," is Dutch for, "During the Second World War, many Dutch people had to eat
tulip bulbs," which is a true fact.:"Tangent: If dogs eat toothpaste, they hallucinate. Alan admits he heard this fact from someone from the pub. (Although on an episode in Series "B", it is revealed that this fact is true). Another kind of dog hunts deer by biting off the testicles.":"Tangent: In Greece, the word for breadand lavatory seat is the same word, "Kolóura".
*The word "
Thespian" means "Awful" in Greek, as in "Awe inspiring." It also means, "Divine".:"Tangent: In Denmark, since the Danish word for " King" is "kong", " King Kong" is known as "Kong King"."
*Alan - 77
*Kit - 95
*Eddie - 96
*Bill - 107
mountainin the world is Mauna Loa. Mount Kilimanjarois higher than Mount Everest because it raises straight out of the African plain, whereas Everest is just one mountain on top of lots in the Himalayas. Also, as Kilimanjaro is on the Equator, it is further away from the centre of the Earth as it is an oblate spheroid. (Forfeit: Mount Everest)
*Black boxes are orange. They were
blackuntil 1955, when people realised that they were never able to find them in a wreckage.
Dolphins are eaten in Genoa.
Scuba divingis illegal off of the coastof Greece, mainly because most of the country's antiquities are underwater.:"Tangent: In Greece, the word for lifebelt is also "Kolóura"."
A Series (2003)
Episode 1 "Adam"
*11 September 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-5 points)
Danny Baker(Winner with 18 points) small|1st appearance
Hugh Laurie(11 points) small|1st and only appearance
John Sessions(10 points) small|1st appearance
* Danny - A
* John - A repeating-style electric doorbell
* Hugh - A typical buzzer noise
* Alan - A baaing sheep
Woody Allenfamously said, "How can I believe in Godwhen, just last week, I got my tonguecaught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" and Carrie Snowsaid "If God was a woman, sperm would taste of chocolate.":"Tangent: Geneticists believe that every woman has a single common ancestorborn 150,000 years ago. Scientists call her "Eve" and every man has a common ancestor called "Adam", but it's also revealed that Adam was born 80,000 years after Eve."
naveland the Archbishop of Canterbury's left earare both purely decorative. Adam couldn't have had a navel, because he was created, not born, so there would be no umbilical cord. The Archbishop of Canterbury was born deaf in the left ear, so it has no function. The Creation of Adamwas painted by Michelangelo, who John informed the panellists was born in 1475 and died in 1564.:"Tangent: John then reveals the birthand deathdates of Bruckner and Mahler.":"Tangent: According to Rita Mae Brown, if Michelangelo was heterosexual, the Sistine Chapelwould have been painted basic whiteand with a roller."
Godallowed Noahto eat animals, a right he had previously denied to Adam. Previously, they were vegetarians and told by God to just eat fruitand vegetables only. Some theological authorities believe that the "forbidden fruit" that was eaten in the Garden of Eden, which isn't specified in the Bible, is now believed, contrary to popular belief, to be a banana, not an apple.
Christopher Plummeronce said of Julie Andrewsthat working with her was like being hit on the head with a Valentine card.
Andrew Graham-Dixondiscovered that Caravaggio, who died in 1610, accidentally killed Ranuccio Tomassoni on a tennis court... he was merely attempting to cut off his testicles. (Forfeit: New Balls, Please):"Tangent: Sheep are castrated without breaking the skinof the scrotum.":"Tangent: Discussion of Prince Albert's libidoand the Prince Albert piercing. Stephen had to tell Prince Charles what a "Prince Albert" was."
fennel) is Italian street slangfor a homosexual.
*If a Burmese man said that "your
department storeis open, even on weekends", it means that your flies are open. This was revealed in Andrew Marshall's writings on Burmain "The Trouser People" which describe Burmese idioms and quote from the diary of Victorian adventurer Sir George Scott.:"Tangent: Burma also means "Be Upstairs Ready My Angel". John gets confused between the acronyms "NOTLOB" & "NORWICH" (Nickers Off Ready When I Come Home).":"Tangent: After weeks of being ignored on tour, Clive Mortonplucked up the courage to knock on John Gielgud's door. After Gielgud opened it he said "Thank God it's you!, for one dreadful moment, I thought it was going to be that ghastly bore Clive Morton."
Edward Woodwardhas four 'd's in his name to prevent it becoming 'Ewar Woowar'.:"Tangent: Kiwifruituse up more than their own weightin aviation fuelgetting from New Zealandto Europe.":"Tangent: When Sir John Gielgud first heard of the name "Edward Woodward", he thought it sounded like a fart in a bath."
Actor John Barrymoreregretted not being able to see himself perform on stage. He also famously said " Loveis the delightful intervalbetween meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.":"Tangent: A drunken Peter O'Tooleonce went to see a play, having forgotten that he was supposed to be in it."
Giant Anteaters indulge in 'bluff charging', when they jump up and down like a catand raise one front foot and hop menacingly side-to-side with all the of a clogged drain.
Anteaters have sixteen-inch (406 mm) tongues, but have mouths as narrow as a pencil.:"Tangent: The average graphitepencil can write for thirty-five miles.":"Tangent: Alan's friend at a pub who said to any girl he liked the look of "I've got a nine inch(229 mm) tongue and I can breathe through my ears."
*A Giant Anteater's
claws are sharp enough to eviscerate a human.
*Dwarf anteaters are the size of
squirrels and are a delicacy in parts of South America.:"Tangent: In a letter to " The Daily Telegraph", someone suggested that grilled squirrels should have a warning: "May Contain Nuts"."
countrywith the highest suicide rate is Lithuania. It has 52 suicides per 100,000, which is more than 13 times higher than the United Statesand 6½ times higher than Britain. (Forfeit: Sweden):"Tangent: That a ship's captain can marry people and that lemmings jump over cliffs, are both urban myths concocted by the film industry.
Caravaggio's real name was Michelangelo. He took the name Caravaggio, because his father, Fermo Merisi, was the chief architectto the Marchese of Caravaggio. Derek Jarmanfamously made a filmabout Caravaggio.
steam enginewas invented by Hero of Alexandria, and was named the aeolipile. The railway was invented seven hundred years earlier by Perianderof Corinth. The modern steam engine was invented by Richard Trevithick. When Stephenson's Rocketwas introduced, people were concerned that travelling at such high speeds could cause irreparable braindamage, so fences were erected so people wouldn't hallucinate at the "terrible sight".:"Tangent: The Romans believed that buggerycaused earthquakes."
*The twenty-third tallest
treein the world is a Giant sequoia called 'Adam'. It's one of the 30 tallest trees found in the Giant Forestin California.
Episode 2 "Astronomy"
*18 September 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-30 points)
Bill Bailey(5 points) small|1st appearance
Rich Hall(Joint Winner with 20 points) small|1st appearance
Jeremy Hardy(Joint Winner with 20 points) small|1st appearance
*Rich - The sound of a
*Jeremy - The sound of a
*Bill - The sound of a
*Alan - The sound of a
;Topics::"Tangent: The number of
peoplekilled by sharks since records began (roughly 2,200) is equal to just five per cent of the number of toilet-related injuries in the USA in 1996. The total number of people injured by toilets was 43,687."
tigers and weasels make a 'fuff' sound when they attack. Contrary to popular belief, tigers never roarwhen they attack, they only roar to tell other tigers where they are. They are mainly solitary animals, who only come together when mating.:"Tangent: The national animal of Croatiais the weasel."
*The best way to escape from a
polar bearis to remove one's clothing, leaving items of clothing on the ground while backing away. Polar bears can run at 30 mph and have clear follicles, but they look white, because they reflect the snow.:"Tangent: Animals don't follow the line of a fingerlike humans do. If you point at something, the animal will just look at the end of your finger."
*Rather than using a
paper clip, a crocodile clip, a paper bagor a handbag, an alligatorcan be rendered helpless by placing a rubber bandover its jaws. The muscles that are used to close the jaws add to a force of several tonnes per square inch, but the ones that open them are so weak, it can be stopped just by putting a rubber band over its mouth. Bill mistakenly claims that alligators have nipples, which is false, because they aren't mammals.:"Tangent: Discussion about how most vicious beasts can be subdued by stupid things.":"Tangent: Story from The Daily Telegraphabout a passing motorist in Dorking, Surreyseeing a horsetied to a post. The horse was tied so close to the post that it couldn't eat the grassbelow. It was also missing an earand a back leg. It was also made of wood, because it was an advertisement for a local riding school.":"Tangent: According to Douglas Adams' book, " The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", there is a theorythat if anyone discovers what the universeis here for, it will be instantly replaced with something more bizarre and inexplicable. Another theory suggests this has already happened."
Earthhas two moons. Cruithne, discovered in 1997, is a convert|3|mi|km|sing=on asteroidsometimes described as Earth's second moon. Cruithne orbits the Earth every 770 years. The name "Cruithne" has a Celtic derivation. (Forfeit: One)
*Ninety per cent of the
Universeis unaccounted for; it is believed to be made of dark matter, which is invisible. Even the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees said it was embarrassing that 90% was unaccounted for.:"Tangent: Claims that Ikeastores have no windows to decrease customers' awareness of the passage of time.":"Tangent: Stephen Hawking's theory that the universe is saddle-shaped."
*The colour of the
Universeis beige. In 2002, after observing the lightfrom over 200,000 galaxies, American scientists described the colour as pale green, rather than blackwith whitebits, as we'd see it. Using the Dulux paintrange, the colour was a mixture of Mexican Mint, Jade Cluster and Shangri-La Silk. They then had to admit that they got it wrong and the colour was a taupe- beigecolour.:"Tangent: Stephen's skin shade is actually called "Gay Whisper"."
*There are eight
planets in the Solar System. Pluto, discovered by Clyde Tombaughin 1930, does not meet the usual criteria for classificationas a planet. If Pluto was defined as a planet, then all of the asteroids could be counted as planets as well. As of the year 2000, 71,788 were discovered with more discovered every year. Pluto is only twice as big as the biggest asteroid, Ceres, and it's also smaller than seven of the eight planet's moons. (Forfeit: Nine):"Tangent: William James' exchange with a woman who believed the Earth was balanced on top of a giant turtle."
Krung Thepis the proper name for the capitalof Thailand. Krung Thep roughly translates as 'City of Angels', like Los Angeles. The ceremonial full name for Krung Thep is the longest place name in the world. Los Angeles is also an abbreviation. Only ignorant foreigners call Krung Thep, "Bangkok", a name that hasn't been used in Thailand for 200 years. (Forfeit: Bangkok)
Brides do not walk down the aisleof a church; they walk down the central passageway. The aisle is down the side of the church.
*The earliest known
soupis made from hippopotamus.
*No man-made objects can be seen from the Moon with the naked
eye. Even the continents are hard to make out as well. (Forfeit: Great Wall of China)
Episode 3 "Aquatic Animals"
*25 September 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-20 points)
Clive Anderson(Winner with 26 points) small|1st appearance
Bill Bailey(10 points) small|2nd appearance
Meera Syal(19 points) small|1st and only appearance
* Meera, Clive, Bill - Three progressively lower-pitched sets of industrial banging noises
* Alan - A bouncing
*The longest animal in the world is the
Lion's mane jellyfish, as described in the Sherlock Holmesstory, " The Adventure of the Lion's Mane." Its main bodyor "bell" is only convert|8|ft|m long, but its tentacles can stretch for convert|200|ft|m. Its is only occasionally . (Forfeit: Blue Whale):"Tangent: John Major's Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern and his apparent meanness with honey."
Blue Whales have small throats and can swallow nothing larger than a grapefruit. Their dietconsists of eating 3 tonnes of krillevery day. Their penisis convert|16|ft|m long and their testicles contain 7 gallons each, but they only weigh 22 lbs, which in equivalent terms, would make human's testicles weigh the same as a broad bean.
octopuscan be taught to unscrew the lids of jars and bottles. Depending on how tough it is to open, it can take between a few seconds to an hour, but they have poor memories, so they have to be taught every day. Octopus's inkis used to make risotto, they mate with their 3rd right armand have 3 hearts.
continentof Antarcticahas six seas and no bees. The seas that borderit are the Ross Sea, the Davis Sea, the Weddell Sea, the Bellingshausen Sea, the Lazarev Seaand the Amundsen Sea.:"Tangent: The origin of the wordfor the "order of bees" ( Hymenoptera) means weddingin Ancient Greek."
AmIAnnoying.comranks Clive Andersonas seventeen percent less annoying than Antarctica. Anderson is the 13th commonest surnamein the English-speaking world. Unlike Hans Christian Andersen, Pamela Andersonand Gillian Anderson, he is not a vegetarian.
John Henry Anderson, the Great Wizard of the North, was the first magician to pull a rabbitout of a hat. His other tricks include the "Inexhaustible Bottle", where he was able to produce any drinkrequested by an audiencemember and the "Great Gun Trick", where he seemingly caught a bulletbeing fired by a musket. Anderson left pats of butterwith a stamp saying "Anderson Is Here" in hotels.
Hans Christian Andersenand Joseph Stalinwere the sons of a cobbler and a washerwoman. Andersen suffered from dyslexia, agoraphobia, was a vegetarian (as mentioned earlier), was gay (mainly based on the gay parablein " The Ugly Duckling"). Charles Dickenshated being around him and at one time Andersen refused to leave. He was buried next to a friend he fell in love with and the friend's wife, before it was removed. He also feared being burned or buried alive.:"Tangent: Hans Christian Andersen is ranked less annoying than Clive Anderson on AmIAnnoying.com."
Greek mythology, Atlas was punished by Zeusand was forced to carry the sky. He is often pictured carrying the globe in atlases made by the Flemish cartographer Mercator, that became known as "Mercator's Atlas" and the name stuck along with the image. (Forfeit: The World)
*Over fifty percent of the world's
oxygenis provided by algae. It's believed that up to ninety percent might be supplied by it. Mature trees actually give off less oxygen then they produce. (Forfeit: Trees)
*The driest place on
Earthis the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica. Even though Antarctica is virtually all iceand snow, the Dry Valleys Region has no ice or snow and hasn't seen any rainfor 2 million years. The second driest place is the Atacama Desertin Chile, which hasn't seen rain in 400 years. (Forfeit: Sahara Desert)
*The length of a
dayis not exactly 24 hours. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Serviceis responsible for adding on occasional leap seconds.
Episode 4 "Atoms"
*2 October 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-24 points)
Jo Brand(Winner with 36 points) small|1st appearance
Howard Goodall(13 points) small|1st appearance
Jeremy Hardy(7 points) small|2nd appearance
*The main component of
airis nitrogen, which accounts for 78% of air. Only just under 21% is oxygen and 3/100ths of 1% is carbon dioxide. Anyone who said carbon dioxide got a forfeit of -3,000 points. (Forfeit: Oxygen):"Tangent: Discussion about nitrogen narcosis, the bends and Alan's scuba diving."
*The most boring place in
Great Britainis a fieldoutside Ousefleet, near Scunthorpe, according to the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map. It is the blankest square kilometrein the country, with only part of an electricity pylonin it. Alan suggested Salisbury Plain, forgetting that Stonehengeis on Salisbury Plain. Alan's uncle stood on a land mineon Salisbury Plain during his national service.:"Tangent: Stephen reveals he was touched that one of the Big Brother housemates requested one of his books. Alan suggested that they wanted it because the tablewas a bit wonky. Stephen also reveals he likes the sound of the narrator when he says "Day Eight", because of his Geordie accent.":"Tangent: Charles Dickensdespised Chelmsford, describing it as "the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth." He also invented the word ' boredom'."
*In 1983, with the aid of a sofa and a
hot water bottle, Barbara Cartlandwrote 23 novels, which broke the record for the most novels written in one year. She was buried in a cardboard coffinbeneath an oaktree planted by Queen Elizabeth I. At her funeral, all the funeral-goers were given a leafof the tree as an amendment. She also said, "I'll keep writing until my facefalls off". Clive Jamesonce compared Barbara Cartland's face to two crows that had crashed into the White cliffs of Dover.
ozone layeris fifteen miles (24 km) above the Earth's surface. Ozonesmells faintly of geraniums.
Film criticJohn Simon described Walter Matthauas resembling "a half-melted rubber bulldog".
Atoms contain mostly empty space. Ernest Rutherforddescribed the centre of an atom as "like a few flies in a cathedral". The simplest atom is hydrogen, which has a nucleus of one proton, surrounded by one electron. If the proton was the size of a drawing pin, the electron would be the size of a pinhead and would be one kilometre away.:"Tangent: Tmesis, the art of splitting a wordin half and inserting another word inside. Examples given were "abso-blooming-lutely", "sen-fucking-sational" and Jo's suggestion, "S-cunt-horpe"."
hydrogen atomhas more frequencies than a piano has notes. The discoverer of the hydrogen atom and the inventor of the grand piano lived just 3 minutes away from each other in Soho.
*King Henry VIII technically had either three or four wives, depending on the source. His marriage to
Anne of Cleveswas annulled, the Popedeclared his marriage with Anne Boleynto be void as he was still married to Catherine of Aragon, and the marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared void by Henry himself (as the new head of the Church of England) as it was illegal to marry the widow of one's brother (Catherine had previously been married to Henry's older brother Arthur). After his death, while being moved to Westminster Abbey, the king's bodyswelled in the heatand exploded. (Forfeit: Six):"Tangent: Hans Holbein the Youngerpainted various royal portraits. His painting 'The Ambassadors' contains the image of a human skull, which can only be seen properly when viewed from an angle."
silver rhymes with the English word 'chilver', which is an ewelamb. (Forfeit: Nothing)
diamonds are created beneath the Earth's surface, and brought to the surface in volcanoes. Only 20 countries in the world make diamonds. South Africa is the fifth biggest behind Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswanaand Russia. Diamonds and graphiteare both made of pure carbon, but appear at opposite ends of the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Diamond has a score of ten, while graphite's score is around 1.2. (Forfeit: South Africa)
*When travelling through
sodiumat -270 degrees, lightslows to 38 miles per hour. The speed of lightis only constant in a vacuumat 186,000 miles per second. Going through diamonds, the speed of light is only 80,000 miles per second.
chameleonchanges colour depending on its mood, temperatureand emotions like fear. Their eyes can swivel independently, and it was once believed that they lived on air. (Forfeit: Background)
Episode 5 "Advertising"
*9 October 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(15 points)
Gyles Brandreth(Winner with 54 points) small|1st and only appearance
Rob Brydon(17 points) small|1st appearance
Rich Hall(35 points) small|2nd appearance
*Rich - The sound of a
*Gyles - The sound of a
*Rob - The sound of a Welsh Anthemic tune
*Alan - The Forfeit alarm (meaning he lost ten before the show had even begun!)
baby foodwas poorly marketed in Africa, leading customers to believe that it contained babies. ("This is actually untrue [ [http://www.snopes.com/business/market/babyfood.asp "Label Fable", snopes.com] ] ") The tins bore a picture of the baby Ann Turner Cook, later a famous mystery author. :"Tangent: Strand cigarettes' "You're never alone with a Strand" advertising campaign was a spectacular failure. Rich thought that Hitler smoked, which wasn't true, but he was a vegetarian. "(That was proved to be false in Series "E", Episode 7's vodcast.)" Queen Victoria smoked when in Scotland, in order to keep the midges away from picnics.":"Tangent: The chief architectof the London Eyeshares a birthdaywith Gustave Eiffel."
Toyota MR2provoked much amusement in France, as "MR2" in French sounds like "merde", which is the French for "shit". The Ford Pintois equally amusing to Brazilians, as "pinto" is Brazilian slangfor a small penis.
playwright Brendan Behanwas asked to devise an advertising sloganfor Guinness. He came up with "Guinness makes you drunk." He is credited with creating "Guinness Is Good For You", that was actually written by Dorothy L. Sayers(Forfeit: Guinness Is Good For You):"Tangent: Alec Guinnessallegedly predicted James Dean's death."
*The Ancient Greeks believed that
otters killed crocodiles by running into their open mouths and eating their entrails. Like many things said by the Greeks, it isn't true. "Raphanizein" was an Ancient Greek punishmentfor adulterythat involved inserting a radishinto the anus. In those days, radishes were wider, longer and pointier and were hammered in with a mallet.
Plato's real name was Aristocles. Plato is the Greek word for "wide," and was given to him because of his broad shoulders. He taught Aristotle.
Aristotlebelieved that buzzards had three testicles. The taxonomical name for a buzzard is " Buteobuteo". There is a sub species called a hobby, which is "Sub buteo". The man who created Subbuteowanted to call it "The Hobby", but it was refused, so he named it after the Latinword for "hobby".":"Tangent: Discussion of the (legendary) Pope Joan."
*The Ancient Greeks used blackberries as a cure for piles.
voted for their leaders until they were invaded by Macedonia in 322 BC. Women didn't get the vote in Greeceuntil 1952.:"Tangent: Michael Portillo's exploits as a young Conservative candidate.
centipedehas between 30 and 382 legs. None has ever been found with 1000 legs. It always has an odd number of pairs of legs. The only exception to this is one found in 1999, which has 48 pairs of legs, the nearest to 100 that has been discovered so far.
*In 1994, 35,000 Americans insured themselves against alien abduction.
Purplerhymes with 'hirple' and 'curple'. (Forfeit: Nothing)
Episode 6 "Antidotes"
*16 October 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(8 points)
Danny Baker(Winner with 19 points) small|2nd appearance
Jo Brand(13 points) small|2nd appearance
Howard Goodall(17 points) small|2nd appearance
* Howard - A typical buzzer noise
* Danny - A
* Jo - A repeating-style electric doorbell
* Alan - A howling wolf
physicist Niels Bohrhung a horseshoeon his wall as "I understand it brings you luck whether you believe in it or not." Bohr also said of quantum physics, "If you're not shocked by it, then you haven't understood it.":"Tangent: Edith Evanspurchased a painting by Renoir, and hung it low down behind a curtainsimply because "there was a hook" there.":"Tangent: Howard reveals the information about a Bronze Ageinstrument found in a bogin Denmark. (The instrument in question is a lur.)":"Tangent: Discussion of the Schrödinger's catproblem, which Bohr was intricately associated with."
Barbara Cartland, when asked whether British class barriers had broken down, replied "Of course they have, or I wouldn't be sitting here talking to someone like you". She also invented the aeroplane-towed glider. She also claimed to be haunted by a ghostof a young girl. Then weirdly, excavators came into her houseand found a skeletonof a young woman in the walls of the house.
*When asked by a
priestif he forgave his enemies, the dying Spanish Captain-General Ramón Blanco y Erenassaid "I have no enemies, I've had them all shot".:"Tangent: Stephen tells about the time he was in a room with Paul Merton& Nicholas Parsons, in which Paul was writing on a piece of paper, in which he revealed he was writing a suicide noteand then asked Nicholas to sign it."
Pliny the Elder:
epilepsycould be cured by eating the heartof a blackjackass, outside on the second day of the moon. Alternatively you could use lightly poached beartestes, a dried camel brainwith honey, or fresh gladiator's blood. Tegretol is the common cure for epilepsy nowadays.
*:"Tangent: The belief that if you could consume your own
elbow, then you will live forever."
**suggested incontinence could be cured by touching the tips of the
genitalswith linenor papyrus. Alternatively, drinking a glass of sweet winemixed with the ash of a pig's penis, then urinatingin your (or your neighbour's) dog's bed.
**also suggested haemorrhoids could be cured with a
creammade with pig lardand the rustfrom chariotwheels. Alternatively, swan's fator the urineof a female goat.
headaches were supposedly cured by a fox's genitals tied to the forehead.
methods for curing people of illnesses include maggots and New Zealand honey."
bees died out after World War I– new bees were introduced from Mexico."
**claimed that choking on a piece of
breadcould be cured by placing pieces of the same loafin the ears.
**died investigating the eruption of
Mount Vesuviusin 79. He returned to Pompeiiby boatwith a pillowtied to his headwith a napkin, creating a crash helmet-cum- gas maskcombo, but he was suffocated in the fumes.
*Twenty four people every year are murdered by the Swiss Army, due to the relatively free availability of
handguns.:"Tangent: The Swiss have their own navy despite being a land-locked country. Disney has the 4th largest navy in the world, if you go by boats alone.":"Tangent: Switzerlandhas 4 official languages, but they use "Confoederatio Helvetica" on their stamps."
Vietnam War, the US Military prevented wounded soldiers from swallowing their tongues by pinning the tongue to their cheeks. More soldiers committed suicideafter Vietnam than died in combat.
Costa Ricahas no army, it was disbanded in 1949. The constitution now specifically forbids the country from having an army.:"Tangent: The French statesmanTalleyrand famously said "I'm more afraid of an army of 100 sheep, led by a lion, than of an army of 100 lions led by a sheep."
*Alsatians are forbidden from serving in the Spanish Army, as they have an IQ of 60: an IQ of 70 is the minimum required.
Goliath frogof Cameroonand Equatorial Guinea(the largest frogin the world) is mute. Out of the 4,360 known speciesof frog, the only frog to go "ribbit" is the Pacific Tree Frog, the species native to Hollywoodand thus sampled for use on hundreds of movie soundtracks. (Forfeit: Ribbit)
acreis 40 poles long and 4 poles wide. (Forfeit: The Polish Army)
ChicagoWorld's Fair in 1933 was opened by light from Arcturus, the brightest starin the Northern Hemisphere.
Episode 7 "Arthropods"
*23 October 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(0 points)
Jo Brand(-38 points) small|3rd appearance
Jimmy Carr(-1 point) small|1st appearance
Jackie Clune(Winner with 5 points) small|1st and only appearance
* Jo, Jimmy, Jackie - Call for "Cashier No.1, 2, 3" respectively
* Alan - Call about a train delay
Australiawas discovered by the Chinese. When Cook arrived in 1770, he wasn't a captain, he was LieutenantCook. He wasn't the first European, as the Dutch had reached it 150 years earlier; he wasn't even the first Englishman, that was William Dampierin 1688. (Forfeit: James Cook)
*The term Aborigines comes from the
Latinmeaning "from the origin" and was first used to describe the pre-Roman people. For some unknown reason, the term "Aborigine" has stuck with the Aboriginal Australians, but there are Aboriginal Canadians and you could even call the Native Americans "Aborigines".:"Tangent: The scrotumand sperm."
Kangaroomeans horsein the Baagandji languageof New South Wales. When Cook's expedition arrived in 1770, the Aboriginal settlers there saw a horse, which they believed was what the English called a kangaroo. There is a story that when the first English settlers arrived, they pointed to a kangaroo and asked "What's that?" The reply was "kanagaroo" (sic), which means "I don't know". That comes from the Guugu Yimithirr language, spoken around Botany Bayand was first heard on Cook's expeditionin 1770. (Forfeit: "I Don't Know")
*Homo sapiens evolved from a common ancestor that hasn't yet been discovered, otherwise known as the "missing link". Before that, they evolved from
squirrel-like tree shrews, before that hedgehogs and before that starfish. Apes also evolved from this same ancestor. (Forfeit: Apes):"Tangent: Jo, Jimmy & Stephen recite bad jungle-related jokes."
Hehe tribegot their name, because it was their war cry. They were also the best tribe to resist colonisationfrom the Germans.:"Tangent: Stupid answers given in triviagames."
Swaziland, there is only one museumand it is bad manners to shield your eyes with one handand it's forbidden to point at the king's hut. National serviceconsists of weedingthe king's millet fields for 2 weeks of the year. The penalty for not showing up is a fineof one cow.
*The Speaker of the Swazi Parliament was sacked in June 2000, after he stole a cowpat belonging to the king, Mswati III. He took the item from the Royal Kraal, to make a
magic spellto aid the people and the king personally, so he claimed in his defence. The King of Swaziland rules jointly with his mother, the Great She-Elephant and he must be greeted with rapturous admiration whenever he appears.
*Henry VIII wiped his bottom using the hand of the
Groom of the Stool. The job was sought after by just about everyone in the Court, mainly for the amount of timespent with the King. Another slightly cushier job was warming his shirtin the morning.
Arthropods means a creature with jointed legs. There are over 1,000,000 speciesof arthropod including butterflies, lobsters, woodlice, cicadas, bees, cockroaches, spiders, scorpions, prawns, praying mantises, crabs, beetles, centipedes, millipedes, crayfish, mayflies, mites, ticks, fleas, earwigs and ants.:"Tangent: The wordthat takes up the most pages to define in the Oxford English Dictionaryis set."
maleEuropean earwig has a spare penis. It was discovered by scientists in Tokyowho were looking at two earwigs copulating and they noticed that the male's penis was left in the female, but they then saw the male grow an instant replacement. The male's penis is longer than its body.:"Tangent: Alan's story from the Internetabout a man with two penises, which leads to Jackie's story about her Australian girlfriend, who when she had a smear test, was told she had two vaginas."
*The name given to
insects with piercing and sucking mouthparts is a bug.
*The highest amount of legs seen on a
millipedeis 710 on the South African millipede. No millipede has ever been spotted with 1,000. (Forfeit: 1000)
*The colour of water is
blue. (Forfeit: Colourless)
*More people have been killed by
ducksthan by atomic bombs, as they were responsible for the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu.
animals bury their headin the sand. If ostriches buried their heads in the sand, they would suffocate like anyone else. This mythwas created by Pliny the Elder. (Forfeit: Ostrich)
boots were invented by Amazonian Indians, who stand knee-deep in liquid latexuntil it dries up. (Forfeit: The Duke of Wellington).:"Tangent: Charles Goodyearwith his invention of vulcanised rubber.":"Tangent: Stephen's father's pronunciationof Volvicand Volvo."
Episode 8 "Albania"
*30 October 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-30 points)
Clive Anderson(Winner with 37 points) small|2nd appearance
Sean Lock(25 points) small|1st appearance
*Linda Smith (30 points) small|1st appearance
Elephants can become drunk by eating fruitwhich ferments in their stomachs.
*James Bond's Bradford is a
cocktailthat is shaken, not stirred. A cocktail with two olives in it is called a "Franklin" after Franklin D. Roosevelt. A cocktail with a cocktail onionon a stick is called the "Gibson". The vesper was invented in "Casino Royale", because Bond had to give it a new name, because he put vodkain it, making it strictly not a martini. One of Bond's best sayings from "Casino Royale" was "To Bond, the best drink of the day, was the drink he had in his head before the first drink of the day." The opening line of the book was "Bond lit his eightieth cigaretteof the day.":"Tangent: A "blowjob" is a type of cocktail, made with either Drambuieor Bailey's, whipped creamon the top and is served in a shooter glass. You are not allowed to use your hands to drink it."
C. B. Fryheld the world long jumprecord in 1913, could jump backwards on to a mantlepiece from a standing position without losing his balance, and after the First World War, was offered the throneof Albania, but turned it down.:"Tangent: Jumping backwardsand the legendof the Black Country's Jack Darby."
*In Albanian, "Vetullushe" means "A
goatwith brown eyebrows". That is one of 30 different words for eyebrows in the Albanian language, which didn't impress Linda, because the Albanians had one word for "very bushy eyebrow", but the British have three. The language also has 27 words for moustaches.:"Tangent: The philtrum, the grooveabove the lip."
*The pink fairy is a type of
armadillo, whereas the green fairy is Absinthe. Armadillos are the only mammals apart from humans that can get leprosy. The male armadillo's penisis two-thirds the lengthof its body.
Benjamin Franklinthought it would be a great idea to find a way to stop flatulencefrom smelling so bad. Amongst his other inventions were bifocalsand the fire brigade.:"Tangent: Franklin was not allowed to draft the American constitution, because people thought he might have put jokes in it."
*The first processed food produced by H. J. Heinz in 1869 was
horseradish. Ketchup didn't arrive until 1875 and baked beans didn't arrive until 1895. Supposedly, only 4 people know the secret baked bean recipe. Heinz never had "57 Varieties", they now have over 6,000 varieties. They are obsessed with the number 57 at Heinz, their telephone numberends with 57 57 57 and their addressis PO Box 57, Pittsburgh. (Forfeit: Tomato Ketchup, Baked Beans)
Fingernails and hairdo not grow after you die. The skintightens causing an illusionof growth.
Bananas come from a herb. The "tree" doesn't have a woody stem. The banana fruitis technically a berry. (Forfeit: Trees):"Tangent: Banana plants walk up to 40 centimetres in a lifetime."
*A lili is the
offspringof a ligerand lion, and a titi is the offspring of a tigonand a tiger. They of course have only been bred in captivitybecause lions are from Africaand tigers are from Asia, so they won't have encountered each other in the wild.
phrase" Survival of the fittest" was coined by Herbert Spencer, inventor of the paper clip. Darwin adapted it for the " Origin of Species. Norwegians believe that the paper clip is a Norwegian invention by Johan Vaalerin 1899. Spencer had patented his design for paper clips almost 30 years before Vaaler in the 1860s, but his supplier went bankrupt and he became ill for 20 years of his life and never followed it up. Today more than 11 billion paperclips are sold annually, but a recent survey claimed that out of every 100,000 sold, only one in five are actually used to hold papers together. The rest are used as poker chips, pipe cleaners, safety pins and toothpicks. (Forfeit: Charles Darwin)
Episode 9 "Africa"
*6 November 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(10 points)
Jo Brand(15 points) small|4th appearance
Dave Gorman(Winner with 20 points) small|1st and only appearance
Jeremy Hardy(15 points) small|3rd appearance
*A bongo is a rare type of
antelope. They are prized by poachers and there only believed 100 left in the world.:"Tangent: Syllogisms, Queen Elizabeth and Kylie Minogueand J.Lo."
*The bongo-player of T. Rex was
Steve Peregrin Took. He was a hippienamed after a character in " The Lord of the Rings". Marc Bolanwas obsessed with the novels, but he was dyslexic, so his wife had to read them to him.
South Africa, there is a pastime called "Bokdrol spoeg", which is Kudu dung spitting. A kuduis a type of antelope.:"Tangent: Before becoming famous Clive Jamesand Sylvester Stallonecleaned out lion cages for a living. Before discovering Uranusfrom his home in Bath, William Herschelwas an oboeplayer in the Hanoverian Army. Before unifying Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldiwas a spaghettisalesman in Uruguay."
Alexander the Great:
**was a "short, left-handed, epileptic,
Albanian bisexualwith a high-pitched voice". His father was Philip of Macedon, a Macedonian.
Europethe banana, crucifixion, sugar, cottonand the Ring-necked parakeet.
**was embalmed in
**was taught by
*Aristotle thought that flies have four
legs and that mucuswas brain- matter.:"Tangent: There are over 200 types of Common cold, but contrary to popular belief, they aren't caught by standing in the rain, but if your noseis cold, they can develop faster."
*Auricle is another name for the outer part of the
Vincent van Gogh, after cutting off half of his own ear, presented it to the prostitute that had spurned his affection.
Snakes do not have ears.
okapican clean its own ears with its tongue.
*In 1672, Galileo discovered "ear-like growths" – the rings of
Saturn.:"Note: It'd be quite interesting if Galileo did discover them in 1672, as he died in 1642!"
*The first King of England was
Athelstanfrom 924 to 939. Athelstan was Alfred the Great's grandson. Alfred the Great was only King of Wessex. (Forfeit: Alfred the Great)
*Aristotle claimed that
hedgehogs had sexual intercourseface-to-face, with the femalelying on her back. (Forfeit: Very Carefully)
*The most dangerous
creaturein history is the mosquito, having killed half of the people on Earth.
Lords of Shoutingare a group of 10,500 angels that sing to Godevery morning, according to the Jewish faith. They are led by Jeduthun, the "Master of Howling".
Samson's hair was cut off by a servant of Delilah. (Forfeit: Delilah)
Episode 10 "Alan"
*13 November 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(Winner with 23 points!) small|1st win
Rich Hall(3 points) small|3rd appearance
Julia Morris(9 points) small|1st and only appearance
Peter Serafinowicz(-5 points) small|1st and only appearance
aeroplanewas invented by John Stringfellowof Chard, Somerset. It was a modelaeroplane, but it had an enginein it. The Wright Brothers' flight covered less than half the wingspanof a Boeing Jumbo Jet. (Forfeit: The Wright Brothers)
*A person would have, "Mad, bad, fat, sad old git," on their
luggage, because they are airport luggage codes.
Madrid Barajas International Airport.
Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, Louisiana.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport, California.
Safford Regional Airport, Arizona.
Old Town Municipal Airport, Old Town, Maine.
Geita Airport, Geita, Tanzania.
*Madonna plans to buy the prettiest airport in the world,
Compton Abbas Airfieldin Dorsetand shut it down, because it's ruining her weekend place at Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
aircraft carrierin the world is a Mitsubishi Shogun (Everywhere else in the world it's known as the Pajero, except in Spain, where 'pajero' means 'one who fiddles with himself for sexual pleasure').:"Tangent: Julia's time working in Hokkaidō, Japan's northern island. The island is known for having good milkdue to the grass."
*It was a bad idea to ban smoking on aeroplanes, due to companies saving
moneyby using both fresh and recycled air, which increases the threat from viruses.
Alansare a tribe of people who live on the Russian border, since the Hunsdrove them there in the 4th century. "Alan" means "Rock" or "Pebble", as does "Peter". Alan and Stephen argue as to whether his "Alan" is either a rock or a pebble. Calculusand pessaryalso mean "rock" or "pebble".:"Tangent: Stephen's father is called Alan."
Edgar Allan Poepredicted the Big Bang, the theory of relativity, parallel universes and the structure of the atomin a prose poemcalled "". Interestingly, the poem doesn't even rhyme.:"Tangent: Peter tries to prove that nothing rhymes with "rhyme", but he missed out on lime, timeand slime. Dorange is Cajunrhyming slang for door hinge."
Alan Smitheeis the Alan with the worst reputation in Hollywood. It is the name used when directors dissociate themselves from a film. His oeuvre includes Hobgoblins 2, Boggy Creek 3, and Dune, where he co-directed with David Lynch. Tony Kaye is alleged to have tried to use Smithee's name for " American History X".
Boy on a Dolphin", Sophia Lorenhad to stand and walk in a trenchdue to the shortness of Alan Ladd.
*Alan Whicker's is
Cockney rhyming slangfor knickers.:"Tangent: The Australian version is Reg Grundy's, undies. Listerinewas an example of rhyming slang that has moved on one. If you are "Listerine", then you are an antiseptic, and septic is rhyming slang for American (Septic tank, yank)."
*The first man to circumnavigate the globe was
Juan Sebastián Elcano. Magellan was killed in the Philippineshalfway round. His shipwas the first to. (Forfeit: Magellan)
helicopterwas invented by the Chinese in the 4th century, more than a 1,000 years before Leonardo da Vinci. It was called the "Bamboo Dragonfly" and could fly convert|25|ft|m up and down. The first modern helicopter was invented by the French. (Forfeit: Italian)
*Nothing happens if you suck your
pencil, as it is made out of graphite, which is the crystallised form of carbon. (Forfeit: Lead Poisoning)
Episode 11 "Arts"
*20 November 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-18 points)
Bill Bailey(-2 points) small|3rd appearance
Richard E. Grant(Winner with 12 points) small|1st and only appearance
*Linda Smith (5 points) small|2nd appearance
* Richard - Trumpet fanfare
* Linda - Harp
* Bill - Bagpipes ending in dischord
* Alan - Donkey heehaw
Pigeons do not like going to the movies, because they see the world ten times faster than humans. To them, a filmis a slow slide show.:"Tangent: It cost £105,000 to clean the pigeon crap from Trafalgar Square."
*It was once believed that a pigeon's arse could be used to suck out the poison from an adder's bite. Pigeons are the only birds that can suck.
anthas the largest brainin comparison to its body size. There are 8,000 species of ant. (Forfeit: Human):"Tangent: Alan's problem with an ant infestation in his house."
Soldier ants were used in Ancient Indiaas stitches after operations.
Thailand, red ants are poured into open wounds, and they secrete an acid which acts as a pain killer and an antiseptic.
butcher, a hog snoutand Gene Pitneyare all kinds of apple.
*Apples and a game played with headless
goats both originated from Kazakhstan. It never says in the Bible, what the fruiteaten in the Garden of Edenwas, but it is just assumed to be an apple.
Ulysses S. Grantand John Prescottwere both charged for speeding. "Two Jags" Prescott was banned from driving for 21 days in 2001 after being caught doing more than 100mph on the M1, where he was fined £200. He had previously acquired nine penalty points on his driver's license. His best excuse that he came up with was that he didn't want his constituents to catch coldwaiting for him. "Three Buggy" Grant received a speeding ticket on his horse and buggyin Washington, D.C.in 1869 and was fined £20. He had to persuade the officer that he was guilty. They both also won unusual prizes. Grant won a prize for taming a ponyin a circus. The Prescott family came second a competition searching for, "The most typical family in Britain," in Brightonin 1951, but he should have won because the winning family was discovered to be distantly related to the organiser of the competition.
*The largest living thing on the
Earthis the honey mushroom. (Forfeit: Blue Whale, Giant Redwood)
*The first man to claim that the Earth revolves around the
Sunwas Aristarchus. (Forfeit: Copernicus)
African animal which kills more humans than any other is the hippopotamus, other than other humans. A hippo's skinweighs a ton, is an inch-and-a-half thick and is bulletproof. The whole hippo weighs 4 tons. A hippopotamus breath is so bad, they use it as part of their weaponry. George Washingtonhad hippopotamus false teeth.
telephonewas invented by Antonio Meucci.:"Tangent: Louis Daguerreasked a woman to take her top off to demonstrate his prototype camera.":"Tangent: Alexander Graham Bellbelieved that one day every town in America would have a telephone.":"Tangent: Bill's dad was taken around a computerin the West Countryand the owner claimed that in the future, there would be eight of them."
Episode 12 "Advent" (Christmas Special)
*23 December 2003 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-6 points)
Phill Jupitus(5 points) small|1st appearance
Sean Lock(7 points) small|2nd appearance
John Sessions(Winner with 28 points) small|2nd appearance
*The general theme of all the questions was
Christmas, with the panellists asked to draw a Christmas tree. Alan Davies drew a traditional childlike portrayal of a Christmas tree – a triangular style tree showing (incorrectly) that the branches point downwards.
Grippleis a gripping device made in Sheffield. Thousands of gripples hold together the Great Dingo Fencein Australia, the world's longest fence.
*The first domesticated animal after the
dog, was the reindeer. Another common name for a reindeer (in North America) is caribou.:"Tangent: Sami (the people who originally herded the reindeer) means "plebs" in Ancient Swedish."
Rudolphand all of Santa's other reindeer must be either femaleor castrated, because malereindeer lose their antlers during winter.
*In "days of yore"
Yorkshiremen would gather around their beehives during Christmas because they believed that the bees would start humming at midnight (the time of Christ's birth), even when the calendars changed.
mince pies were banned by Oliver Cromwellbecause they symbolised Catholicism.
*From 1840 to the end of
World War II, the German village of Lauschain Thuringiaprovided the world with baubles, with 95% of US houses.
*In 1908, US insurance companies tried to ban the placing of live
candles on Christmas trees, mainly because a fire from a Christmas treethat caught fire on a Santa's beard destroyed a Chicago hospitalin 1895.:"Tangent: Insurance companies and their avoidance of paying out."
*During the 1870 siege of
Parisby the Prussians, the Parisians ran out of food and so one restaurantused rats in their cooking. As well as raiding the sewers, they raided the zoos for other animals, such as elephantand kangaroo.:"Tangent: The Chinese dish " Three Squeak".":"Tangent: John Gielgudonce advised a young West End actornot to pause during a performance, because when he paused he heard someone in the audiencesay "Oh, you hideous beast, you've just come all over my umbrella!."
Christmas Islandincludes places called Paris, London, Polandand Banana.
agethat a child can drink alcoholin a pub, restaurantor beer gardenin the UK is 5 years old, as long as an adultbuys the drink. (Forfeit: Eighteen)
Santa Clauscomes from Turkey. (Forfeit: Lapland)
*The image of Santa Claus was originally noted in the 1823 poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas".
In the DVD (released late 2006), there were some extra features which contained some quite interesting facts. The order in which they were put on the disk is the order in which they were recorded in 2003.
China, there is a group of people known as the Dong, who just sing to each other. The Chinese government gave them a telephone box, but because they knew everyone in the area, it became a chickenbox.:"Tangent: The word, " Hello" was created by a competition in the New York Times, as the word used to answer a telephonecall, instead of Ahoy!
*George III's last words were "I think I'll have another one of Mr. Bellamy's
pork pies". He died on the toilet, like Elvis Presley.
*An adder's bite is generally no more dangerous than a
wasp. No-one in Britain has died of an adder's bite since 1977, when a 5-year-old girl died.:"Tangent: Stephen's inability to read out passages in a different tense:"Tangent: Using the correct tense when using none/not one.:"Tangent: Stephen makes a mistake while reading out the final scores.
Papua New Guinea, the inhabitants mainly speak in Pidgin English. In Pidgin English, Prince Charles is rendered as "Number 1 pickaninny belong Mrs. Queen". A male contraceptive is known as "gummy belong cock". A helicopteris known as a "Magimix belong Jesus."
portmanteaufor spiced ham) is very popular in Hawaii. The state holds Spam carving contests.
*At least 2,370
tigers live in Texas, the most in the world apart from Asia.
toilet papercapital of the world is Green Bay, Wisconsin.:"Tangent: Two-thirds of the world's lawyers live in the United States, American children get $65 billion of pocket money per year, there are 15,000 practising vampires in America, most of them living in Seattle, 10,113 virgins insured themselves from giving birth to the Messiah at the millennium and Americans are twice as likely to die from liposuctionthan in a car crash.
William Shakespeareinvented the phrase, "Vanish into thin air". " Hamlet" contains the clichés, "It's cruel to be kind", "To the manor born", "To thine own self be true" and "Neither a borrower nor a lender be".
Humans are not classified as arthropods, despite having jointed legs.:"Tangent: The fableof Athenaand Arachneand how the word arachnidcame into existence.
Idi Amin's bizarre titles were King of Scotland, Ruler of the Beasts of the Earth and the Fishes of the Sea& Conqueror of the British Empirein Africain General and Ugandain Particular.
*The country that consumes the most
apples per head is Turkey, with 36 kg per head of population. The United Kingdomis the lowest in Europeat only 10 kg per head.:"Tangent: The bananais the most traded item in the supermarket. The UK eats the most bananas per head of population anywhere in the world.":"Tangent: Stephen fluffs an explanation, blurting out 'piss and arse and wank!' Alan suggests it coud be used as a trailer for the show."
Genghis Khannever fought the Sami (the inhabitants of Lapland), because they always hid from him, because he was so brutal.
*The opening for the show had to be re-shot - leading Alan to go into a hissy fit at the amount of rubbish strewn around as a result of the crackers. This led to a delay, which in turn led to banter about
Easter, Pancake Day and Yom KippurQI specials (since the show is filmed in the summer and shown in the autumn) - and when Stephen launched into his opening monologue, he fluffed it anyway.
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/2002/1/ British Comedy Guide - Pilot]
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/1/ British Comedy Guide - Series A]
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