List of QI episodes (E series)
season_name = QI Series E
country = UK
first_aired = 21 September 2007
last_aired = 14 December 2007
num_episodes = 13
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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.
E Series (2007)
One recurring theme in this series is the "Elephant in the Room" card. In each episode, one (or more) of the answers involves
elephants. Whoever plays their card at the correct time will score 10 bonus points.
This series has been notable in its repeated use of regular guests such as
Jimmy Carrand Dara Ó Briain. Only two guests, Johnny Vegasand Charlie Higson, have not appeared in the programme before. Also, recurring panellist John Sessionsdoes not appear at all in this series, and nor do other semi-regulars such as Andy Hamilton, Arthur Smith and Mark Steel.
Episode 1 "Engineering"
*21 September and 22 September 2007 (BBC Two)
*18 May 2007
*As this episode is the first of series E to be aired in the autumn, it is QI's 50th episode.
Alan Davies(4 points)
Bill Bailey(-18 points) small|12th appearance
Rob Brydon(Winner with 11 points) small|3rd appearance
Jimmy Carr(-2 points) small|6th appearance
*Stephen used a
toy trainto send a sweet to the panellist who gave a correct answer.
*Britain's railways were built by the navvies. They had to be trained for a year, fed on a diet of
beerand meatand could out-perform any other manual labourer.:"Tangent: Railways had to be flat. Bill tells a story about a Russian Tsarwho drew a straight line with a ruler, demanding a straight railway, but his fingers were over the edge of the ruler. As a result, the line had two large curves. This story is attributed as the reason for kinks in the Trans-Siberian Railwayand Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway. For which he gets a sweet.":"Tangent: The London and Birmingham Railwaytook the same amount of work to build as one and a half Great Pyramids. Rob's discussion on what would be half of a pyramid gets him a sweet.
*The word "Navvy" is a short of "
Navigational engineer". Alan answers this correctly and thus gets a sweet.
*American trains were so light that when they went off the rails, the
passengers simply lifted them back onto the rails themselves.:"Tangent: While building the Central Pacific Railroadin the the western United States, the line was laid as fast as a man could walk."
*A railway station was not built in
Sloughbecause people at Eton Collegewere worried that students would take the train to London and visit prostitutes.:"Tangent: One travel book once advised women railway passengers to stick pins in their mouths, to stop men from kissing them when they went in tunnels."
*For eighteen birthdays in a row, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's birthday present was to have sunlight shining through the
Box Tunnel(9 April). Jimmy gets his sweet for answering this question correctly.
*The best place to be when a
nuclear bombgoes off is Las Vegas. Nuclear bombs were blown up at the nearby Nevada Test Siteand so Las Vegas attracted tourismby getting people to visit and watch the bombs go off.
*It was proposed in 1994 that a "love bomb" should be made, that make enemy soldiers attracted to one another and would start having sex with each other.
*Elephant in the Room: To artificially inseminate an
elephant, you need an ultrasoundrectal probe, a light emitting tube, a bicycle helmet, protective clothing, a large amount of Vaseline and a wheelbarrow.
vampire batis most likely to bite your big toe.
*The biggest load of rubbish in the world is the
North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. (Forfeit: Fresh Kills, New York):"Tangent: One member of the audience shouted "France"."
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Bill Bailey":"Tangent: The
London Eyeand Alan's experience on a ride in a fairground that went quicker because people knew he was on television.":"Tangent: Jimmy talks about the Darwin Awards.":"Tangent: Vaseline rots latex."
Episode 2 "Electricity"
*21 September 2007 (BBC Four)
*28 September and 29 September 2007 (BBC Two)
*10 May 2007
Alan Davies(-21 points)
Jo Brand(Winner with 10 points) small|15th appearance
Rich Hall(1 point) small|15th appearance
Sean Lock(-12 points) small|11th appearance
*This is the first instance of a complete panel appearing twice. Brand, Hall and Lock all appeared together in episode 5 of series C.
atmosphereis .... (Forfeit: Electric)
*The best place to hide during a lightning strike is inside your car because it acts like a
Faraday cage. If that can't be done you should crouch down into a ball with your bottom in the air. Trees explode from lightning strikes and splinters fly all over the place.:"Tangent: Men are 6 times more likely than women to be struck by lightning.:"Tangent: Wires in bras superheat from lightning strikes.:"Tangent: Lightning strikes the Earth 17 million times a day.
*3-6 people in the UK are killed by lightning every year, in America, the figure is 400.:"Tangent: A
park rangercalled Roy Sullivanwas struck by lightning 7 times in his life, although he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Horses were used to catch electric eels, by waiting for the eels to discharge all their electricityin the water and then catching them normally.:"Tangent: The electric eels are not actually eels, but actually a knifefish.:"Tangent: There are 69 species of electric fish. The underwater missile was named after the torpedo fish, the largest electric fish.
*Elephant in the Room: In 1903,
Thomas Edisonreleased a filmcalled "Electrocuting An Elephant" which showed how electricity could be very dangerous. He used the film as propagandaagainst his rival George Westinghouse.:"Tangent: Elephant evolutionwithout tusks.
Electrons move along wires at a drift velocityof 0.03 mph. They travel by wave movements. (Forfeit: They Don't, Very Fast)
*You could use the
electric currentfrom a lasagne to make a gherkinglow via a connection by a cable. Although, the lasagne would, ironically, need to the size of The Gherkin building.
*The difference between a ship and a boat in Naval terms is that all ships float on the surface of the water, while all boats are
submarines. (Forfeit: Ships Are Bigger):"Tangent: Jumphaus in German is a brothel, a mobile phoneis known as a Handy.
*The animal that creates the most
methanein the world is the termite. (Forfeit: Cows):"Tangent: Cows burp methane, not fart it.":"Tangent: Soldier termites act as suicide bombers, releasing a sticky secretion by rupturing a gland near the skin in their neck producing a tar baby effect in defense against ants. Known as autothysis."
*Thousands of Americans ring
9-1-1on Christmas Day, because it is the only number that they can ring with their new mobile phonebefore it is activated, if they received one as a present. (Forfeit: They've Eaten Too Much)
*A Russian family would never call their son "Power Station" or "Industrialisation" because they are girls' names. (In Russian, they are "Электростанция" and "Индустриализация" respectively.) Boys' names include "Combine harvester" and "23rd February".
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry"
*If you were to give 200
monks an electric shock, they would all get the shock at the same time. It was proven to work when they all swore at the same time.:"Tangent: Alan touched the end of a plug that had been snapped off an appliance while still plugged in and he fell over."
Episode 3 "Eating"
*28 September 2007 (BBC Four)
*5 October 2007 (BBC Two)
*31 May 2007
Alan Davies(Winner with -2 points!) 4th win
Jimmy Carr(-6 points) small|7th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-21 points) small|13th appearance
Johnny Vegas(-3 points) small|1st appearance
*Alan Davies: Rabbit by
Chas and Dave
Food Glorious Foodfrom " Oliver!"
TV Dinnersby ZZ Top
*Johnny Vegas: Spam Song by
Rhubarb Triangle(a trianglemade up of the 3 cities of Leeds, Bradford& Wakefieldin West Yorkshire), rhubarbgrows so quickly, you can hear it grow.:"Tangent: Rhubarb leafs are poisonous. Rhubarb acts as a mild laxative. During the First Opium War, Lin Zexuthreatened Queen Victoria that China would refuse to send rhubarb, claiming they would kill everyone by mass constipation."
Corn flakeswere originally used to discourage masturbation. John Harvey Kelloggwas deeply against the practice.
*If you eat nothing "but"
rabbit, you would die of malnutrition, because rabbit meat contains very little oiland therefore by eating only rabbit, your body would run out of other nutrients.:"Tangent: If you eat a rabbit affected with Myxomatosis, it would have no effect on you. Louis XVIII claimed that he could tell from which part of France a rabbit came from by smelling rabbit stew. Theoretically, two rabbits could produce 33 million offspring in 3 years, but 90% of baby rabbits are killed by predators. Whilst rabbits were introduced to Britain by Normansin the 12th century, they did not become wild until the 19th century."
*Elephant in the Room (or as it is put for the "Eating" episode "Elephant on the Menu"): Mongongo nuts are found in elephant droppings.
*The first animals to be
herded for food were snails in the year 10,700 BC. (Forfeit: Chickens):"Tangent: Snails are hermaphrodites and have a love dart, which may harm the partner when mating, but also increases the chance of pregnancy."
*Stomach ulcers are caused by a
bacteriumcalled Helicobacter pylori.:"Tangent: One of the two men who discovered that stomach ulcers were caused by this bacterium, Barry Marshall, drank some of the bacteria to prove that it was the cause, and as a result won the Nobel Prize."
*The green vegetable that contains 10 times more
ironthan average is thyme. (Forfeit: Spinach, Broccoli)
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry (imitating Johnny Vegas)":"Tangent: A
Vietnamese coffeemade by taking the excerement of monkeys who eat green coffee, and grinding the beans found within.":"Tangent: The philtrum."
*If you ate E941, E948, E938, E290 & E939 you would carry on living, because they are the main ingredients of air. (Forfeit: Sends You Mad)
*A "Tyrannosaurus rex" would taste like
chicken, because the chicken is a descendant of the "T. rex".:"Tangent: Stephen's trip with Peter Cookup the River Nileand Cook finding an article about Elizabeth Taylor."
Episode 4 "Exploration"
*5 October 2007 (BBC Four)
*12 October 2007 (BBC Two)
*11 May 2007
Alan Davies(-8 points)
Bill Bailey(3 points) small|13th appearance
Rich Hall(Winner with 8 points) small|16th appearance
Sean Lock(-16 points) small|12th appearance
* The panelists are dressed in jungle exploration gear.
*Sean - The theme to "
*Rich - The
The Devil's Galopby Charles Williams
*Alan - The theme to "
Steptoe and Son"
*When the Pilgrim Fathers first arrived in America, the first thing that the Native Americans said to them was "Could I have some
beer?" in English. Most of the Native Americans learnt their English from Squanto, a Native who travelled across the Atlantic Ocean 6 times. He was kidnapped to England, then brought back to America, he was kidnapped again and sold to slaveryin Spain, before escaping to Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland, but he found it took too long to walk back, so he took a boat back to Ireland before returning to New England. The other famous Native, Samoset, learnt his English from fishermen.
*Elephant in the Room: A
mapof the Gold Coast (now Ghana) was poorly done by a British Armyman, who shaped some of the contour lines in the shape of an elephant.
*The quickest way to get from the
Eiffel Towerto The Louvre, without seeing a Frenchman is to go through the sewers, because they are lined up exactly the same as the streets of Paris. The Paris sewers are cleaned by a massive ball, which is pushed by a jet of water.
*The best place to put a
space elevatoron Earth would be on the Equator, because it is the fastest part of the earth, so it would keep it in a geostationary orbit.
*If a crewman in
outer spacewent mad, the course of action to take would be to bind his/her wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him/her down with a bungee cordand inject tranquilisers into him/her.
*The difficulties of having sex in space would be that the
peniswould be smaller, because the blood pressureis lower in space and it would be hard to insert the penis into the vagina.
*The first words spoken on the surface of the
Moonwere "Contact light", spoken by Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin's sister gave him the nickname"Buzz". His mother's maiden name is "Moon".
*The inventor of the moonwalk is Bill Bailey. The only animal that can moonwalk is the
manakinbird, which can also sing using its wings. (Forfeit: Michael Jackson):"Tangent: Axl Rose's original name was Bill Bailey. The last person to be hanged in the United States was also called Bill Bailey.
*The first person to put 2 feet on
Mount Everestwas Radhanath Sikdar, a mathematicianfrom Bengal, who measured the peak as 29,000 feet, but because he thought people would think he just rounded up to 29,000 feet, he "added" 2 feet to make it 29,002 feet, the measurement of Everest up until 1955, when it became 29,028 feet. (Forfeit: Sherpa Tenzing, Edmund Hillary):"Tangent: The mountain is named after George Everest, the at the time. He actually pronounced his name "EVE-rest" (IPA: [ˈivrɪst] )."
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry, through a thicket of jungle plants.:"Tangent: Stephen and the panel mess up the "Elephant in the Room" bonus."
Lisa Nowak, whilst not going mad, tried to murder a fellow astronaut. She wore a nappy so she would not have to stop to go to the toilet.:"Tangent: Las Vegas sells more adult nappies than baby nappies, because gamblers do not want stop gambling. A casinoin Melbournehad to change the carpetafter a week because people urinated on the floorrather than stop gambling."
Episode 5 "Europe"
*12 October 2007 (BBC Four)
*19 October 2007 (BBC Two)
*25 May 2007
Alan Davies(-26 points)
Phill Jupitus(Winner with -5 points) small|14th appearance
*David Mitchell (-7 points) small|3rd appearance
Dara Ó Briain(-27 points) small|5th appearance
*The Audience (-100 points)
*Each panellist had a flag, representing a different European country. Alan had
Wales(due to his surname), David had England, Dara had the Republic of Irelandand Phill had Lithuania(his paternal grandparents derive from there). However, Alan and David swapped theirs, because Alan has no connections with Wales and David's mother does not like calling herself English. Stephen also had several European flags around him, as well as the flag of the European Union.
*During this recording
Alan Daviesfilmed part of the show on his mobile phone. Those videos have been placed on YouTubeand can be viewed [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MltpZjLkGAs here] and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gayOh3CV51A&NR=1 here] .
Baarle-Hertogin Belgiumand Baarle-Nassauin the Netherlands, due to the Maastricht Treaty, has 5,732 parcels of land which are split between Belgiumand the Netherlands. Many of these enclaves are split in the middle between the two countries, so many buildings have doors that lead from one side to the other. In pubs, the Dutch side closes earlier, so half the tables are cut off and everyone has to move to the other side. The Dutch also have a large sex shopnext to the Belgiumside. Fry inaccurately described the treaty as settling which parts were 'Dutch Belgium' and which parts were 'Frenchy Belgian-Belgium', while in reality the treaty did not affect the Flemish/ Wallonianborder which did nit exist before 1921.:"Tangent: Belgium is named after the Belgae tribe, most of which originated from Winchester.:"Tangent: Suite No. 212 in Claridge'swas turned into an enclave of Yugoslaviaso that Crown Prince Alexander could be born on Yugoslav soil."
*No females of any
speciesare allowed on Mount Athosin Greece. Prince Philip once visited the Mount, and the Queen had to stay in a boat 500 yards from the shore. They do however, allow hens because they use the egg yolks for icon paintings.
*The German disease, the French disease, the Polish disease, the Portuguese disease and the English disease are all the same disease -
Syphilis. It was common to name it after your enemy. Mercury was once used to cure it, but it would make the patients teeth turn green. Oscar Wildecovered his green teeth with his hand during his trial for being homosexual, but it counted against him as it was seen as effeminate. A later cure was to give the patient malaria.:"Tangent: The Dutch swapped New York City for the Spice Islandswith the English. Edward VII drank mercury to cure his constipation."
*"Call My Euro Bluff" - each panellist reads a EU regulation, and the other panellists try to guess if it is true or a "Bløff".
**"It is illegal to sell
bananas if they're too curvy." - Bløff, you just have to say how big the banana is. The current EU standards are the same as the English.
**"Trawlermen will soon be required to wear
hairnets whilst fishing." - Bløff, though reported as fact by Richard Littlejohn, after it was made up by a British journalistin a bar in Brusselsto see if people would be tricked by it.
**"From January 1, 2008, circus tightrope walkers will be required to wear
hard hats." - Bløff, reported as fact by " The Times", " The Daily Telegraph" and the " Daily Mail".
Sausages must be renamed "Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tubes"." - Bløff, it is a plot line in the sitcom" Yes Minister".
*No-one actually knows where the
Manneken Pisoriginates from. One theory is that a boy urinated on some explosives when Brussels was under siegeand saved the city. Another was that it was Duke Godfrey who was hiding in a tree during a battle and urinated on the enemy. It has been up since 1388, and has been stolen seven times.:"Tangent: The first person who stole it in 1817 was sentenced to 20 years hard labour, when it was stolen in 1978, the person was let off with a warning.
*The highest mountain in Europe is
Mount Elbrus, in the Caucasus. (Forfeit: Mont Blanc, Eiger, Mount Etna):"Tangent: One-eighth of the people who attempt to climb Mount Everestdie.:"Tangent: In 1997, a Land Rover Defenderclimbed up Mount Elbrus.
*The first words of the National Anthem of Germany are, "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit für das Deutsche Vaterland!" meaning, "Unity and justice and freedom, for the German fatherland!" (Forfeit: Deutschland Über Alles)
*Elephant in the Room: The thing under the panels nose's and sounds like a
bell(the sound of a bell being a "dung") is elephantdung. Their notepads are made out of it.
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry.
*The biggest thing in Europe that you can get for $170,000 a night is
Liechtenstein.:"Tangent: Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtensteinwanted more power, and said that if he was not given it, he would sell Liechtenstein to Bill Gates. He got more power, but he later claimed he was only joking.:"Tangent: Fry rants about his dislike of Microsoft Windows."
George Mallorywas found dead going down Mount Everest.
Vampires carry their soilaround with them.
*The Germans checked to see people who were claiming to be neutral Belgians were not French spies by getting them to count. "Seventy", "Eighty" and "Ninety" are named differently in French and Belgian French.
Episode 6 "Everything, Etc."
*19 October 2007 (BBC Four)
*26 October 2007 (BBC Two)
*8 June 2007
Alan Davies(-24 points)
Clive Anderson(-25 points) small|9th appearance
Jeremy Clarkson(-30 points) small|5th appearance
Vic Reeves(Winner with -6 points) small|3rd appearance
*Alan Davies: "
Everything's Coming up Roses" sung by Ethel Merman
*Clive Anderson: "
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
*Jeremy Clarkson: "
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police
*Vic Reeves: "
You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White
*This is the chemical composition of
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, usually referred to as "Ecstasy" or "E". It was designed by the Germans to heal wounds during World War I.:"Tangent: " Suicide Tuesday" is the "downer" you get after taking ecstasy over a weekend."
Blue Peacockproject, dubbed the "chicken-powered nuclear bomb", was a British proposal, put forward in the 1950s, to hide several small nuclear mines in Germany in case of invasion by the Soviet Union. It was proposed the body heat given off by live chickens kept with the bombs would be sufficient to keep all the relevant components operating during extreme cold weather conditions.:"Tangent: Vic Reeves and Jeremy Clarkson both own chickens.":"Tangent: Jeremy's idea of looking for foxes involving Russian night-vision goggles and a bottleof Merlot.
Fainting goats help protect flocks of sheep by allowing the rest of the flock to escape from predators like wolves, whilst it is eaten. Older goats faint against walls to prevent themselves from being eaten.
*The jumping French lumberjacks of
Mainehave a rare disorder called " Jumping Frenchmen of Maine", which lead to investigations into what became known as Tourette's syndrome. Symptoms of the disorder include obeying any order given to you suddenly and the need to repeat foreign phrases constantly.:"Tangent: In Oregon, people prefer to call lumberjacks as treefellers. :"Tangent: Clarkson's syndromeinvolves leaking capillaries."
*Elephant in the Room: From 1884 onwards, the first thing greeting immigrants to New York City was a gigantic
hotelshaped like an elephanton Coney Island. (Forfeit: The Statue of Liberty)
multiple choiceexam was invented by:
**"The American Army"
**Can I have a 50/50 please, Steve?"The 50/50 left the 2 answers in italics."It was invented by the American army during World War I to test recruits wanting to join up.:"Tangent: Men are better than women at multiple choice exams."
House dustis mainly made up of dirt and grit, but it varies according to place, season and other factors such as pets. (Forfeit: Human Skin, Dust Mites)
*In the middle of a
pearl, you will find the sarcophagusof a nematode worm or another such organic creature. (Forfeit: Grit, Sand):"Tangent: No edible oysters produce pearls.:"Tangent: The largest pearl was found in a giant clam."
*A glass bottom would not keep you out of the army. There is a
mythinvolving a tankardwith a glass bottom that is not true. (Forfeit: Taking the King's Shilling)
*It does not matter what colour your
clothingis in a hot environment. (Forfeit: Black, White)
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry and every panellist on the show that night.":"Tangent: Jeremy's fox hunting/Russian night vision goggle story: He accidentally claims that some
foxes ate his children's guinea pigs.":"Tangent: Fry talks about a documentary about a place similar to Ibiza, where there was a club where the floor was slightly dome-shaped. The ceilinghad a showersystem in it so that fluids on the floor could easily be moved into the gutters on the side of the floor into drains on the side. Jeremy then claims that officially, the British were the fifth worst tourists in the world, according to a survey of 15,000 hoteliers. The worst were the French. 75% of French tourists holiday in France. The best tourists were the Americans.":"Tangent: The Himalayaswill cause the exterminationof Greece. Jeremy attacks Greece because was he was once put in a Greek prison, but he escaped."
Episode 7 "Espionage"
*26 October 2007 (BBC Four)
*2 November 2007 (BBC Two)
*7 June 2007
Alan Davies(-8 points)
Clive Anderson(Joint winner with 5 points) small|10th appearance
Jo Brand(4 points) small|16th appearance
Vic Reeves(Joint winner with 5 points) small|4th appearance
*Alan Davies: "I Spy With My Little Eye"
*Jo Brand: Theme music from ""
*Clive Anderson: Theme music from "
*Vic Reeves: Theme music from "Inspector Gadget"
*Stephen and the panellists were dressed in
sunglasses, hats, trench coats and moustaches (where appropriate), and had magnifying glasses, binoculars, a hearing hornand a toy periscopeon their desks.
*Alan once again filmed part of the show on his mobile phone, which can now be seen on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI3MXFxwDPU here] and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZkSHjPoEbk&mode=user&search= here] .
*You can beat a lie detector by having exciting thoughts, clinching your anal sphincter (there are actually two of them, the internal and external one) without clenching your
buttocks, or to relax completely when being asked control questions, such as your name or address. You cannot use lie detectors in the UK or United States courts. The FBI claim they are about as reliable as astrologyand tea leaves. :"Tangent: The lie detector was invented by William Moulton Marston, creator of " Wonder Woman".
*The best way to trick a female spy into blowing their cover is by getting them to swear in their own
language, particularly during childbirth, according to Heinrich Müller, the head of the Gestapo. :"Tangent: Müller is one of the few senior Nazis never to have been captured, and was last seen hiding in the Führerbunker. He escaped and was never seen again.
*Elephant in the Room:
Harry Houdinihid an elephant behind a mirroras part of a magic trick. Houdini used to debunk psychics, but this cost him his friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle. Some people now believe that he did not die from a punch to the stomach, but of appendicitis, which was worsened by the punch. Some people want Houdini's body exhumed to see if he was actually murdered by spiritualists.:"Tangent: As a joke, Arthur Conan Doyle once sent five letters to five friends that read, "We are discovered, flee immediately", to see what they would do. One of them disappeared and Conan Doyle never saw him again.":"Tangent: Houdini could pick up pins with his eyelashes.
*You can tell when you have run out of
invisible inkby covering the paper with lemon juiceor milk, and heating it to see what was written. Mansfield Smith-Cummingor "C", founder of MI6, discovered you could also use semenas invisible ink.:"Tangent: Many paintings by Marcel Duchampwere discovered to contain semen, because he mixed semen with his paint.":"Tangent: A bank robber from Pittsburgh in 1995 was caught by the policebecause he thought that by putting lemon juice on his face, he would be invisible."
Toilet paperhelped win the Cold Warbecause the Russians did not have much of it. So the Russians instead used secret documents, and spies stole the documents from bins, as part of Operation Tamarisk. The spies complained that they had to dig through all sorts of unpleasant items such as amputated limbs. However, this resulted in their spy masters asking them to steal the limbs to see what kind of shrapnel the Russians used. Operation Tamarisk was supposedly very successful, and without it, there might still be a communist Russia.
*You could use
Gummy bears to rob a bank by melting them down, making a fakefinger and leaving a false fingerprint.:"Tangent: There is an enzymein pineapples called bromelainthat can destroy fingerprints. It was used as a plot line in an episode of Hawaii Five-O. This enzyme could also be used to get rid of mouth ulcers."
*The best thing to do in a falling lift is to cushion yourself by lying on top of a fat person, however it is very unlikely that a lift would fall as all of the
wires are capable of holding the lift, and they have emergency brakes. (Forfeit: Jump):"Tangent: In the Empire State Building, a lift did have all its wires cut when a B-25 bomber collided with the building in 1945 and the propellers cut the wires. However, the brakes worked and the passengers in the lift were saved."
*The country where you are most likely to see a
tornadois the United Kingdom. (Forfeit: America):"Tangent: On 21 November 1981, 104 tornadoes hit the UK during the day.":"Tangent: Tornado Alley."
*There is nothing you can't do twenty minutes after
lunch. (Forfeit: Swim)
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry and every panellist on the show that night."
Jury of Matronswould determine whether women who were pregnant were pleading the bellyand had to wait if they could be hanged or not.
*The Nazis were worried that people wouldn't like them if they
counterfeited pounds that were made in concentration camps, that tried to disrupt the British economy, so they backed out of the plan.:"Tangent: Adolf Hitlerwas put on a vegetarian diet, because of his flatulence, but he was not a vegetarian.:"Tangent: The Nazis were against fox huntingbecause it was cruel and immoral.
Episode 8 "Eyes & Ears"
*2 November 2007 (BBC Four)
*9 November 2007 (BBC Two)
*1 June 2007
Alan Davies(Winner with 13 points!) 5th win
Jimmy Carr(-10 points) small|8th appearance
Phill Jupitus(3 points) small|15th appearance
*David Mitchell (-11 points) small|4th appearance
*The panel have to identify an ear spoon, which is used for removing
earwax. Earwax tastes very bitter.:"Tangent: If you put earwax on top of a pintof beeror stout, the head would disappear because of the oilin the earwax. If you squirt washing-up liquidin a pond where water boatmen are standing, they will sink."
cotton swabs were invented by Leo Gerstenzang, when he saw his wife using cotton woolon the end of toothpicks to clean out their baby's ears. He called them "Baby Gays". Unileverproduce 22.5 billion cotton buds a year.
*You can tell your child is yours by the
earlobes. Like eye colour, hanging or attached earlobes are inherited from your parents. Hanging earlobes dominate attached ones.
*The best way to date a
codis to kill it, examine the earbones, and you can tell their age to a day.:"Tangent: Alexandre Dumas once claimed that you could walk from France to America on cod.
*Elephant in the Room:
Elephants have the biggest ears of any animal in the world. They do not however improve their hearing, and are mainly used for coolingpurposes. They are also used for aggressive displays.
*A bit of
rough musicwould stop you from beating your wife. It was a punishmentused in the English countryside where the villagers made noise using metal objects in the middle of the night, that would drive the criminal out.:"Tangent: The question "Have you stopped beating your wife?" always leads to an answer that condemns you."
*Nothing happens when an
earwiggets into your ear. (Forfeit: It Bores Into Your Brain)
*It is hard for a
camelto pass through the eye of a needlesimply because it is too big. Jesuswas being literal when he said it and it was a common phrase at the time. Similar phrases appear in the Torahand the Qur'an. Rich people tried to create "get-out" clauses when they read this, so they came up with the idea it was a gate into Jerusalem, and that it was a mistranslation of the Greek for "rope". (Forfeit: It Was A Gateway In Jerusalem):"Tangent: At the coronation of George IV, all the diamonds in the Crown Jewels were hired because they were so expensive at the time.":"Tangent: If you cut the whiskers of a cat, it can get its head stuck in a milk bottle."
Four-eyed fishhas two eyes. They are divided into two, so they are looking upwards all the time. (Forfeit: One)
*Statistically, you are very unlikely to die in a plane crash. The main problem in crashes is that under pressure, people try to open their
seat belts like those in a car.:"Tangent: There is an urban legendabout the brace position, which says it is used so that if you die, they can identify you by your dental records."
*Most of the actors who played
Captain Flintin film adaptations of "Treasure Island" were parrots. :"Tangent: The parrot famously said, "Pieces of eight", because the Spanish dollarwas split into eight pieces. Two bits equalled a quarter of a American dollar, and "two bits" is still a nickname for a quarter.:"Tangent: Alan mentions he likes " After Eights" in the hope that someone will send him some. In a similar incident before, he once said on TV that he liked Quorn, and received a box of it.":"Tangent: Robert Newton, the first actor to play Long John Silverin a sound version of "Treasure Island" invented the stereotypical pirate voice. He is considered a " Patron saint" of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Tony Hancockfirst became well-known as a Robert Newton impersonator."
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: The Audience.":"Tangent:
Susie Dentand "the possibility" that she is a centaur.:"Tangent: David having his ears syringed and how he heard "too much" after it.:"Tangent: Biodegradable cricketboxes.:"Tangent: The Solar Eclipse in 1999 in Cornwalland Alan watched it in Oxfordon Sky Newsand their presenters had nothing prepared for it.
*20% of human beings possess genes for the
photic sneeze reflex, causing them to sneezewhen they stare at the Sun.
Episode 9 "Entertainment" (
Children in NeedSpecial)
*9 November 2007 (BBC Four)
*16 November 2007 (BBC Two)
*14 June 2007
Alan Davies(-6 points)
Bill Bailey(-6 points) small|14th appearance
Jo Brand(2 points) small|17th appearance
Jeremy Clarkson(Winner with 4 points) small|6th appearance
*The show initially began with Pudsey Bear, the Children in Need mascot, in the place of Alan Davies, but then Pudsey used his "Elephant in the Room" card to pick out Alan from the audience, who was wearing an elephant head costume. Everyone's elephant card was a picture of
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, rather than the usual grey elephant.
*The panel have to identify the owner of special pair of
shoes. They belonged to Little Tich, one of the great entertainers of his day, who used them for his "Big Boot" routine. He had 12 fingers and 12 toes and stopped growing when he was 10 years old. The word "tich" is named after him. He influenced Charlie Chaplinand Buster Keaton.
Roland the Farterwas a flatulistto Henry II and would fartfor the King on Christmas Day. The King enjoyed his act so much, he gave him 30 acres of land.:"Tangent: Jo tells a story about a friend who let off an embarrassing fart.":"Tangent: Other famous flatulists include Mr. Methaneand Le Pétomane. Le Pétomane earned 20,000 francs a week and was the biggest star of his day. He could smoke and breathe through his bottom.":"Tangent: Turold and Tailleferare jesters depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. Taillefer juggled with his sword, and when an Englishman came down, Taillefer cut off his head. In one scene in the tapestry, it says, "William comforted his troops" and shows him sticking a spear up a soldier's backside. However, "comforted" then meant "encourage"."
*The only athlete in the history of the
Olympic Gamesto be given a personal mention in the closing ceremony is Eddie "the Eagle" Edwardsin 1988. However, there is now a rule dubbed the "Eddie the Eagle rule" which states that all athletes taking part in the Olympics must be in the top 30% of their sport.:"Tangent: Eric "the Eel" Moussambani is another amateur Olympic athlete, famous for being a novice swimmer from Equatorial Guineain the 2000 Summer Olympics."
*Elephant in the Room (or as it is put for the "Entertainment" episode "Heffalump in the Room"): A picture of a ballet and some ballet music called the
Circus Polkais played and the panellists have to guess what is wrong. The answer is that none of the ballet dancers were elephants. It was written for elephants, and performed at Madison Square Gardenin New York City. However, it was unsuccessful.:"Tangent: Jeremy and Stephen talk about the hardships ballet dancers have to suffer, including damage to the body and they are not told what part they will play until the night of the performance."
*Questions on E-commerce. The panel is presented with an embarrassing
domain nameof a website, and have to guess what they provide.
**Jo - www.whorepresents.com - Who represents: Finding agents who represent famous people.
**Bill - www.expertsexchange.com - Experts exchange: A website where experts exchange information.
**Jeremy - www.therapistfinder.com - Therapist finder: A site where you can find
**Alan - www.penisland.net - Pen island: A shop selling
pens.:"Tangent: Other embarrassing domain names such as www.speedofart.com (The Speed Of Art) and www.powergenitalia.com (Powergen Italia).
*If you shaved a
lionand a tigeruntil they had no fur left, you could tell them apart because tigers also have stripes on their skin.:"Tangent: Bill once went to a Brazilian zoo, where he was told by a handler to "always approach a jaguarfrom the front", but, as he prepared to do so, the handler quickly corrected himself: he had meant "never", not "always".
squidin the world is the Colossal Squid. It is believed to be the world's biggest invertebrate. Its eyes are 1 foot in diameter.
*If you find your
goldfishfloating on its side, it means it is suffering from swim bladder disorder. It comes from being overfed. (Forfeit: It's Dead):"Tangent: Jeremy once bought his dad some ghost koifor his pond, but they disappeared in the pond and killed all the other fish in the pond.
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Pudsey Bear holding up a
signboardreading "Hello & welcome to the QI vodcast".:"Tangent: Liam Neesonand his supposedly large penis."
Episode 10 "England"
*16 November 2007 (BBC Four)
*23 November 2007 (BBC Two)
*24 May 2007
Alan Davies(-59 points)
Charlie Higson(-15 points) small|1st appearance
Phill Jupitus(Technical winner with -8 points) small|16th appearance
Sean Lock(-29 points) small|13th appearance
*The Audience (Winners with 10 points) small|Second victory
*Alan Davies - The repeated "The English.." chorus line from "
A Song of Patriotic Prejudice" by Flanders and Swann
*Charlie Higson - "
And did those feet in ancient time" (aka "Jerusalem")
*Phill Jupitus - "
God Save the Queen"
*Sean Lock - "
Land of Hope and Glory"
;Themes:Stephen and the panel have miniature flags of England in front of them, although Alan swaps his English flag for the Welsh flag.
*The correct response to the question "How do you do?" is to say "How do you do?" back or a small bow. It is considered impolite to answer the question. (Forfeit: I'm Fine, Thank You)
*The only lake in the
Lake Districtis Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others are waters, meres or tarns. (Forfeit: Windermere, Coniston)
Kingof both England and Scotlandwas Athelstan in the year 937. (Forfeit: James I)
*The first recorded use of the
V signwas in 1901 and no-one knows exactly where it comes from. Some suspect it to be something to do with having sex with someone else's wife. The myth about English archers showing the enemy they could fire their arrows was invented in the 1970s. The introduction to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the same as the letter "V" in Morse code(Dot, dot, dot, dash). (Forfeit: Archers)
*"Abumgang" means "Thank you" in the language of the Eton tribe of
Cameroon. Other words used by them include "Mrmrminger" which is a beautiful woman. Other tribes in Cameroon include the Bum, Bang, Banana, Mang, Fang, Tang, Wong, Wang, War and the Pongo.
*Elephant in the Room:
Jumbowas a very large elephant who was born in Sudan, which was captured and taken to Cairo, Paris and London where he became very popular. In 1882, P. T. Barnumbought him for $10,000 under great protest from the English. Some even proposed they kill Jumbo and Barnum to keep the elephant English. In 3 days, Barnum made $30,000 from Jumbo, and $1.5 million in 3 years. Jumbo was killed in a train crash. His skullwas broken in over 100 places. Jumbo was stuffed and used as a mascot for Tufts Universityuntil he was destroyed in a fire. His name is the origin of the epithet "Jumbo".
*Apart from the
Bible, the most successful book in England in the 16th century was a book about behaviour for children by Desiderius Erasmus. It includes the advice that you should not be afraid of vomiting, you should not offer your handkerchiefto anyone unless it has been freshly washed nor look into it after you have blown your nose, and should not move back and forth on your chair, as this gives the impression of breaking wind.:"Tangent: During a school exam, Sean tilted over to his side to break wind, and one of his teachers thought he was cheating by looking at someone else's exam paper."
*The best place to find people called "Nutter" in England is
Blackburn. "Pigg's" are in Newcastle upon Tyne. "Daft's" are in Nottingham. "Smellie's" are in Glasgow. "Bottom's" are in Huddersfield. "Willy's" are in Taunton. The surnames that dropped in use in recent years include "Handcock", "Glasscock", "Higginbottom", "Shufflebottom" and "Winterbottom".:"Tangent: One of Alan's classmates in school was called "Jimmy Glasscock", and evidently, one could always see him coming.
Bluebirds will not be found over anything in England, as they are not native to Europe, but to North America. (Forfeit: The White Cliffs of Dover)
Elizabeth I of Englandhad a bath at least four times a year. (Forfeit: Never, Once)
*The smallest county in England is the
Isle of Wight. However, it is only the smallest county for half a year due to tides. (Forfeit: Rutland)
*Most of the
swans in England are free and do not belong to anyone, only mute swans are owned by the Queen. Apart from the royals, the only other people who can eat swan are Fellows of St John's College, Cambridgeon June 25. Swans have a fishy taste, although the best-tasting ones are fed on oats. (Forfeit: The Queen):"Tangent: The most common cause of death for swans is electrocution."
Oxford History of Englandis about more than just the history of England. When the series was commissioned:
:"'England' was still an all-embracing word. It mean indiscriminately England and Wales; Great Britain; the United Kingdom; and even the British Empire." (
A.J.P. Taylor, Volume XV: "English History, 1914-1945", page v)
:Since then there has been a trend in history to restrict the use of the term "England" to the state that existed pre 1707 and to the geographic area it covered and people it contained in the period thereafter. The different authors interpreted "English History" differently, with Taylor opting to write the history of the English people, including the people of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Empire and Commonwealth where they shared a history with England, but ignoring them where they did not. Other authors opted to treat non-English matters within their remit. (Forfeit: England, France)
*The word "England" comes from the
Anglesof Schleswig-Holsteinin Northern Germany.
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry"
*When Jesus returns, you want to be living in
Bedford, because this is where the Garden of Edenwas, and is therefore the only place that will survive the Second Coming, according to the Panacea Society. This religious cult has bought a house in Bedford for Jesus to live in called "The Haven", and several houses in the Castle Road area.:"Tangent: Bill Hickssaid that today, Christians would probably go around wearing little electric chairs around their necks, because that would be how they would kill him today.":"Tangent: Fry wants to tell a story about Kenneth More, but it is too rude to be broadcast. He was introduced to Noël Coward, who asked him, "Do you take it up the arse?" More said "No, actually I don't", and Coward responded by saying, "Oh very well, we needn't quarrel about it."
Episode 11 "Endings"
*23 November 2007 (BBC Four)
*30 November 2007 (BBC Two)
*17 May 2007
Alan Davies(-17 points)
Jimmy Carr(Joint winner with 5 points) small|9th appearance
Doon Mackichan(-17 points) small|2nd appearance
Dara Ó Briain(Joint winner with 5 points) small|6th appearance
*Elephant in the Room 1: The last words of General John Sedgwick, who was fighting in the Battle of Spotsylvania during the
American Civil Warin 1864 were, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephantat this dist-", and he was shot under the left eye and fell dead before he could finish.:"Tangent: The "S" in Ulysses S. Grantdoes not stand for anything."
*You could use a cat in a
boxon the end of a parachuteto deliver cats to parts of the world where they were needed. Between 1959 and 1961, a British/ World Health Organisationproject accidentally killed lots of cats when treating malariawith DDTin the Sarawakarea of Borneo, which killed mosquitos. They also killed cockroaches, which were eaten by cats, which also died and the area became thus infested with rats, so they parachuted cats in to solve the problem.:"Tangent: Alan once took his two cats to the vetby car. Both escaped from their baskets in transit, one urinated on the back shelf of the car, and the other sat on the dashboardand meowed angrily at him."
*In 1960, at the Haslemere Home for the Elderly in
Great Yarmouth, a 81-year-old woman called Gladys Elton accidentally killed one resident by performing a stripteaseand making the resident die of a heart attack. Another five were treated for shock. The following year, another resident, Harry Meadows, 87, as a prank, dressed up as Death, looking through the lounge window whilst holding a scythe, causing three more deaths. The home was soon shut down in 1961.
Steller's Sea Cowis pink, has pendulous breasts, gets sailors all excited and tastes of prime beef. It was discovered by Georg Steller who, after describing the taste, caused people to hunt it down until it became extinct in 1768. He was the first and last scientist to describe the Steller's Sea Cow. (Forfeit: Gladys Elton)
*Emperor Menelik II of
Ethiopiaclaimed that the electric chairwas a more humane method of execution than hanging, so he brought two electric chairs. However, at the time Ethiopiahad no electricity, so he used one as a throne.:"Tangent: Stephen complains that he keeps getting static electric shocks."
*Elephant in the Room 2: In 1916, the
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition(Shackleton's expedition) were stranded on Elephant Islandfor four months.
*At the very end of the Earth, at the South Pole of inaccessibility, you will find a bust of
Vladimir Lenin, that has been there since 1958. In 2007, four Britons called Team N2iwere the first people to reach the South Pole of inaccessibility without direct mechanical assistance. One of the team, Rupert Longsdon, was in the audience at this recording of "QI".
*The appendix helps the body, because it is part of the
lymphatic system. The largest human appendix belonged to a man from Pakistanand was 9.2 inches. (Forfeit: Nothing)
*There is really no such thing as a
four minute warning. It was just made up as an excuse for the United States to put an airbaseat RAF Fylingdalesin North Yorkshire.
*There are eleven poles at the ends of the Earth - Two geographic poles, two magnetic poles, two geo-magnetic poles, two poles of inaccessibility, two
celestial poles and a Ceremonial South Pole. (Forfeit: Four, Eight)
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen Fry":"Tangent: During location scouting for a
cowboy film, where a man was to stand on top of a ridge, a ridge was found with a tree on it, so the tree was cut down and when they returned they were asked if the ridge they found was at "One Tree Hill"."
*The world's most isolated tree, the
Arbre du Ténéré, is an acaciatree in the Saharaand is 250 miles away from the nearest tree. It was destroyed when an allegedly drunk Libyan truck driver crashed into it in 1973, a metallic replicais now in its place."
Episode 12 "Empire" (Christmas Special)
*7 December 2007 (BBC Four)
*14 December 2007 (BBC Two)
*15 June 2007
Alan Davies(Winner with 10 points!) 6th win
Bill Bailey(8 points) small|15th appearance
Jo Brand(-33 points) small|18th appearance
Sean Lock(-8 points) small|14th appearance
*This is the second instance of a complete panel appearing twice. Bailey, Brand and Lock all appeared together in episode 1 of series B.
*Alan Davies - "
Oh! Carol" by Neil Sedaka
*Bill Bailey - "
Deck the Halls"
*Jo Brand - "
The Holly and the Ivy"
*Sean Lock - "
Ding Dong Merrily on High"
*Stephen and the panel dressed in Victorian style clothes. Fry is dressed as
Oscar Wilde, Brand as Queen Victoria, Davies in an Indian costume, Bailey an Edwardian croquetplayer and Lock is the Duke of Wellington.
*Queen Victoria probably thought very unfavourably of Mr. Bean, because he tried to assassinate her. John Bean was one of several people to attempt to kill her. He tried to shoot her, but he filled his
gunwith wads of tobacco. (Forfeit: She Was Not Amused):"Tangent: Mr. Beanis very popular in Germany. Alan commented that he was once on a Lufthansaplane to Germany, and the German passengers were all watching Mr Bean. Bill mentions a man in Australia who said that Mr Bean would not survive five minutes in " The bush".":"Tangent: One of the assassination attempts on Queen Victoria was foiled by a "PC Trounce". Another attempt was made by a John Francis, who Prince Albert described as "a thorough scamp". If you were convicted of attempting to assassinate the Queen, the maximum penalty was 7 years.":"Tangent: The line "We are not amused" was reported in "The Notebooks of a Spinster Lady", but Queen Victoria was known to have had a childish sense of humour."
*Victoria's secret was that she suffered from
haemophilia, as did most of the royal families in Europe, because of her. Prince Leopold, one of her sons, died of haemophilia. Another of Victoria's daughters, Princess Alice, married into the Russian royal family, had a daughter, Princess Alexandra, whose son was also a haemophiliac. It is possible that this helped start the Russian Revolution because, as a result of Alexandra seeking treatment for her son, Rasputin became involved with the Royal Family. Some believe that the chances of Victoria inheriting haemophilia from her parents are so remote, that she might have been illegitimate.:"Tangent: Rasputin was poisoned, shot and drowned when they tried to assassinate him but he just would not die."
*In the Secret Museum of Pornography in
Naples, it is forbiddento laugh or be aroused by the exhibits, because they are meant to be there for educational purposes. Most of the exhibits come from Pompeii, which was full of pornographic graffiti, artand statues. Nowadays you need a special permit and a guideto visit it.:"Tangent: There is a formulafor calculating the beauty of the bottom."
*It was easier to put your
boots on in the dark between 1600-1800, because there were no left or right boots. All boots were designed to fit either foot, because it was too difficult to make left and right heeled-boots at the time.:"Tangent: There is a penis museum in Reykjavík."
*Elephant in the Room: The panel have to identify a picture of four boots, that were worn by an
elephant. They are worn by elephants in captivity to protect their feet.
*Victorians put covers on the legs of
pianos to stop them from being damaged. Although most of the time, they did not bother. The English Victorians thought the Americans were more prudish. (Forfeit: They Thought They Were Rude)
*The Victorians legislated against male
homosexualityand not female because it seems never to have been considered. It had nothing to do with Queen Victoria, because she had almost no power. The law that banned homosexuality was the Labouchere Amendment, in 1885, and Oscar Wildewas one of the first people to break it. The judge sentenced him to two years hard labour, but said that he wished he could punish him even more, saying it was, "The worst case I have ever tried." A week earlier, the same judge tried a case of child murder. (Forfeit: Because Queen Victoria Didn't Believe It Existed)
Wintervalwas created as a promotional campaign for local business by Birmingham City Council. There is an urban myth that it is about Winterval being created to prevent other cultures being offended. (Forfeit: Political Correctness Gone Mad)
*The best way to stop your children looking at their presents before Christmas Day is to have them
arrested. There was a case in Rock Hill, South Carolinain 2006, where a mother got the policeto arrest her own son for looking at one of his presents, a Game Boy Advance, early. The son was 12, and the mother was 27. His great-grandmother was 63. The boy was released the same day, but the police claimed he showed no remorse.
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: Stephen, the panel, and the entire "QI" production team, in the style of a
pantomimewith the audience shouting back.":"Tangent: Sean and Bill talking argue taking off their hats and their hair loss."
George Orwellwrote of socialismin " The Road to Wigan Pier" in 1936, "Socialism draws towards it with magnetic force every fruit juice drinker, nudist, sandal wearer, sex maniac, Quaker, nature-cure quack, pacifist and feminist in England." He talks about, "Vegetarians with wilting beards", "Outer suburban creeping Jesus' eager to begin yogaexercises", and "That dreary tribe of high-minded women and sandal wearers and bearded fruit juice drinkers who come flocking toward the smell of progress like bluebottles to a dead cat."
*A woman was thrown out of a hotel in
Ockham, Surreybecause she wore cyclingbloomers. The Cyclists' Touring Clubtook the case to courtto get it overturned, but they lost.
*"Tangent: Bill was once thrown out of the Trocadéro Centre for
sarcasm. Stephen was once ejected from Salt Lake City, also for sarcasm. Alan goes on to talk about an aunt who he believes was a lesbian."
*The HMS Victoria sank outside
Beirut, Lebanon.:"Tangent: Lebanon's attempt to increase tourism. One of the problems was that the 2007 Lebanon conflicthappened around the time programme was recorded in June, so they had to pretend it was December as that was when the show was broadcast."
Episode 13 "Elephants"
*14 December 2007 (BBC Four)
*26 December and 29 December 2007 (BBC Two)
*A clip show using unbroadcast material from Series E.
*The beginning and ending of the show has Stephen playing
Father Christmasand Alan sitting on his lap (shrunk down in size).
*Eating: The proper Neapolitan way to eat
spaghettiis to lean back and drop it into your mouth by hand.
*Exploration: The teams have to identify a wave map used by explorers from
Polynesiaand Micronesia. It uses the scrotum, because it is the most sensitive part of a man's body. You put it in the sea, and you are able to tell where the waves are coming from, so you can tell where the islands are by using waves.
*Europe: The biggest
banana republicin Europe is Iceland, which produces more bananas than any other European country, mainly because of the geothermal heat in the country. The biggest exporter of bananas in Europe is the Republic of Ireland, mainly because they buy the entire banana cropof Belize. This question is often cited as authority for the proposition that "Iceland is Europe's largest exporter of bananas", but this is incorrect.:"Tangent: Alan's step-grandfather worked at Stratford fruitand veg market. He used to do very long shifts and would therefore sleep with his bananas after a long shift, because it was warm. He was stopped by the unions."
*Espionage: The biggest
banknoteever produced by the Bank of Englandis worth £100,000,000, known as the "Titan". There are 40 Titans. There are £1,000,000 notes, known as the "Giant", of which there are 4,000.
*Engineering: In order to use an ejector seat in a
helicopter, you have to fire the rotors away. Such helicopters that use this system include the Black Shark. 7,000 airmen's lives have been saved by using ejector seats.
*Eating: The world's most expensive
meatis produced by using stem cells known as myoblasts. Such cells can multiply so many times, they could produce enough meat to feed the world. However, one kilogram currently costs $10,000. Winston Churchillin 1932 predicted that in 50 years time, people would just manufacture the parts of meat they would want, rather than kill a whole animal, so in fact he was right. (Forfeit: Japanese Beef)
*England: There is a
counting systemcalled Yan Tan Tetherathat was used to count sheep. The number for 15 was "Bumfit".:"Entertainment Tangent: Alan and Bill Bailey once did a play at the Edinburgh Festival, where they shared the stage with some Korean ballerinas. The floorwas designed to be sprung, so the ballerinas could do their jumps. However, this meant that in their play, almost everything jumped around.":"Tangent: Stephen went to see Peter Brookin " The Tempest" at the Royal Shakespeare Company. As a joke, Brook was naked under his coat. When some actors behind him made a human pyramid, he turned around and opened his coat. The woman on the top of the pyramid then urinated in laughter, and the urinedripped all the way down the pyramid and ran off the stage.":"Eyes and Ears Tangent: Talking about "Wheelie trainers". Stephen then talks about toys he had as a child, including a space hopper.":"Exploration Tangent: Bill talks about his timid guinea pig."
Breast milkcontains monosodium glutamate. Men can also produce breast milk.:"Everything Etc. Tangent: Polar bears are not attracted to the colour black because they are colour blind. Jeremy Clarksonthen talks about his hatred for polar bears. Alan successfully remembers how to escape a polar bear from Series A - step back slowly, offering clothes.":"Empire Tangent: Stephen attempts to impersonate David Frost, Loyd Grossmanand Brian Blessed. This leads to a discussion about Grossman's Massachusettsaccent and his sexuality, leading Jo to suggest he could be married to Brian Sewell, and then Jo Brandgoes into an anecdoteabout Brian Blessed's attempt to climb Mount Everest. At one point, they had to camp on a washing line on the edge of a glacier. If they needed to go to the toiletthey had to do it over the edge and the wind would carry it off. One of the party did so, and in a few minutes it was realised the wind had blown the faeces back into the hood of the man's coat."
triglyphwas used when temples were made out of wood, as they would support wooden beams. They say of the Acropolis, where the Parthenonis, that it has no straight lines.:"Tangent: Stephen has trouble with his diction on the introduction to the latter fact, causing him to repeat it several times; the panel rib and mock him on this mercilessly, even breaking into song."
;Vodcast/Quickie::"Presenter: A shrunken Alan Davies. There is no new material; all clips are taken from the episode."
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/5/ British Comedy Guide - Series E]
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