- List of QI episodes (D series)
season_name = QI Series D
country = UK
first_aired = 29 September 2006
last_aired = 15 December 2006
num_episodes = 13
prev_series = Series C
next_series = Series E|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stated during the series have since been found to be incorrect, in some cases due to a mistake and others by becoming outdated.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.
D Series (2006)
Episode 1 "Danger"
*29 September 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-19 points)
Jo Brand(Winner with 7 points) small|11th appearance
Jimmy Carr(0 points) small|4th appearance
Sean Lock(4 points) small|9th appearance
*The panels buzzers sound like things which are dangerous. Alan's buzzer sounds like a
*Odds of very unusual accidents:
**1 in 48 million - Being burned alive whilst you
**1 in 30 million - Being
**1 in 120 million -
**1 in 20 billion - Death by
**1 in 257,000 - Dying today.
*According to the
United Nations, you are three times as likely to die at work than you are at war.:"Tangent: Sean was once arrested for knocking a security guard's hat off."
Lumberjacks have the most dangerous jobs in America.
*The most dangerous job in the world is said to be an Alaskan crab fisherman.
*The most dangerous military stratagem was organised by
King Goujian of Yuein 496 BC. Convicted criminals were in the front line of his armyand were forced to cut off their own heads.:"Tangent: If you cut off the legs of a duck, it can still swim.":"Tangent: A story from the French Revolutionsays that two decapitated heads were put in the same basket, and one head bit the other so hard that they could not be separated.
*The most dangerous sport in the world is flying
kites in Pakistan(the most dangerous countryin the world) during Basant. You have to sever kite strings filled with glassand metalshards. It can only be played for 15 days of the year.:"Tangent: The biggest kite in the world weighs nearly a tonne, measures convert|40|ft|m by convert|36|ft|m, has to be flown by 50 people, and has 200 strings.
*The most dangerous manager was
Harry Colcord, manager of tightrope walker Charles Blondin.
*The first person to go over
Niagara Fallsin a barrelwas Annie Edson Taylor.:"Tangent: The 3rd person to go down Niagara Falls was a British man called Charles Stephens. He tied his legs to an anvilas he went down. All that was found of him was a severed arminside the barrel, which had a tattoowhich read, "Forget me not, Annie".:"Tangent: A pirate shipfilled with animals was sent over Niagara Falls, only two geese lived. Two bears crawled out, and were shot.
*The most dangerous sporting activity for women is
cheerleading.:"Tangent: George W. Bushis the most famous cheerleader in America.
Bungee jumpingis a British invention.:"Tangent: You can get a detached retina from bungee jumping. You can also get detached breasttissue if you bungee jump naked.":"Tangent: The Darwin Awards."
*Poor air quality causes
deep vein thrombosison aeroplanes. (Forfeit: Sitting Down For Too Long)
*You should get 4-7
hours of sleepevery night.
*Seismologists use the
Moment magnitude scale(MMS) to measure the size of earthquakes. (Forfeit: The Richter Scale)
*The most dangerous earthquake in America since European settlement was in either New Madrid, Missouri (1811-1812) or Prince William Sound, Alaska (1964). (Forfeit: San Francisco 1906):"Tangent: 3,000 white people died in the San Francisco quake, the Chinese dead weren't counted.:"Tangent: People during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco decided to set fire to their houses, because they were insured against
fire, but not against earthquakes.:"Tangent: Policemen were told to shoot 3 men who were trapped at the top of the Windsor Hotel. It was watched by 5,000 people. Someone else asked to be killed in a fire and the police took his name and addressand shot him in the head.
Episode 2 "Discoveries"
*29 September 2006 (BBC Four)
*6 October 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(0 points)
Clive Anderson(-7 points) small|7th appearance
Vic Reeves(Winner with 16 points) small|1st appearance
*Arthur Smith (-23 points) small|3rd appearance
*Each contestant has an unusual patent that has been
registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Officeand they had to work out what it was.
BrassiereHaving Integrated InflatableBladders For The Holding Of Comestible Liquids
**Arthur: Three-Tiered Comb-Over To Conceal Partial
**Vic: Fresh-Air Breathing Device & Method (
rains the most on Saturdays, because of industrial activities over the week cause a seven day dust cycle.:"Tangent: Babylonians first developed the seven day week.
*The link between
gelignite(invented by Alfred Nobel), saccharin, and the rings of Uranusis that they were all serendipitous discoveries.
Caffeine, Silly Putty, Viagra, the Post-it note, penicillin, and the Americaswere also serendipitous discoveries.
Charles Darwinsuffered from Chagas disease. Millions of South Americans also suffer from it. It was discovered by Carlos Chagasand is the only disease entirely described by one single researcher. (Forfeit: I Did)
*Darwin couldn't describe brown owls because he thought they were indescribable as a
food. He was seen as a poor student who couldn't spell. He was a member of the Glutton societyof Cambridgeand ate animals such as the Brown Owl. (Forfeit: Girl Guides) :"Tangent: Many zoologists participate in a Phylum Feast on Darwin's birthday (12 February) where they eat as many different species as possible.:"Tangent: Disgusting foods: you drink the bloodof the cobrawhen eating its beating heart (a delicacy in China); this lead Alan to talk about eating ear wax.
William Dampierwas the first Englishman to set foot in Australiaand invented the "wind over current" map. His " A New Voyage Around the World" was carried around by sailors for 100 years. He influenced the books " Robinson Crusoe" and " Gulliver's Travels". He also invented the words serrated, nor'wester, sea-breezes, caress, rambling, sea-lion, kumquatand excursioninto the English language.
Jules Leotard's clothing invention, which he called the "maillot", was renamed after him when he died. He also invented the Flying Trapeze.
Kangaroos do not pass wind, possibly because of various forms of bacteriain their stomach.
*Queen Victoria wore a
bustlethat played the musicof God Save the Queento mask the sound of her flatulence. (Forfeit: We Are Not Amused)
*The "twit twoo" is created by two Brown owls, the female goes "twit" and the male "twoo". (Forfeit: (One) Brown Owl)
*Fernville Lord Digby was the name of the most famous
Dulux dog.:"Tangent: Old English Sheepdogs are now referred to as "Dulux dogs". They have done more to popularise the dog, rather than the paint.
Episode 3 "Dogs"
*6 October 2006 (BBC Four)
*13 October 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-36 points)
Jeremy Clarkson(-13 points) small|4th appearance
Neil Mullarkey(Winner with -5 points) small|1st and only appearance
Liza Tarbuck(-8 points) small|1st and only appearance
*The buzzers sound like
dogs barking. Alan's buzzer had a dog barking the tune to " (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?"
*Dogs are much more varied than
cats, and more varied than any other species.
*When mating, dogs start in the Doggy position, then they turn so their backsides face each other, with the penis locked inside the vagina. The panel tried to demonstrate their answers using toy dogs. Alan was given a
Scottiein tartanand a large Old English Sheepdog.:"Tangent: Jeremy owns a labradoodle, the same kind of dog as Graham Norton. There is a type of dog called a Yorkiepoo, a cross between a Yorkshire terrierand a poodle."
*The most interesting thing dogs can smell is
cancer. (Forfeit: Bottoms, Bollocks)
Liverpooland Scotlandhave different accents.
*The only kind of dog that lays eggs is a
dogfish.:"Tangent: Sharks do not have to keep on moving in order to stay alive, though they do need water flowing through their gills.":"Tangent: The largest egg in the world was laid by a whale shark.
*The German for "Sausage dog" is "Dackel". (Forfeit:
Dachshund):"Tangent: The German for "Dog" is "Hund" as in the English word "Hound." No-one knows where the word "Dog" comes from. "Dogger" is said to come from a Dutch word meaning "A type of ship."
Fishercomes before German Bightin the Shipping Forecast. (Forfeit: German Bark):"Tangent: The area before Fisher is Dogger. Viking is always the first to be read out. Alan used to call the shipping forecast the "Chicken forecast" because that is what it sounded like when he was a kid."
Puffin Islandand Bird Island in the Seychellesare islands named after birds. (Forfeit: Canary Islands)
*The Canary Islands are named after the dogs, and Canaries are named after the island.:"Tangent: There is a sport called
Canary Wrestling, similar to SumoWrestling."
*On the island of
La Gomera, people communicate by whistlingin Spanish known as Silbo Gomero language.":"Tangent: La Palmahas a volcanoon it, which could cause a tsunamithat could wipe out the Eastern American seaboard if it erupted."
*There is a
martial artcalled Dog Kung Fu, mainly practiced by women, and invented by a Chinese nun. It is so called because you fight on all-fours.:"Tangent: " Karate" means "Empty hand" and " Judo" means "The gentle way"."
*The Hurricane won the
Battle of Britain. (Forfeit: Spitfire):"Tangent: The first two planes shot down by Spitfires in World War IIwere Hurricanes."
Dogfights first started in World War I, but when they first fought, they had no guns, so they threw bricks at each other.:"Tangent: Jeremy's favourite VC winner is Ferdinand West, a pilot from World War I. World War I pilots often had diarrhoeabecause bearings were lubricated with castor oil."
Gorillas sleep in nests. They make a new nest every day, even if there is nothing wrong with it. The scientific name for Gorilla is "Gorilla gorilla". This is known as a tautonym. The same is true of Bisonand Iguana.
* The scientific name for a
ratis "Rattus rattus".
* The scientific name for a
Golden Orioleis "Oriolus oriolus".
* The scientific name for a
Whooper Swanis "Cygnus cygnus".
* The scientific name for a
Manx Shearwateris "Puffinus puffinus". The puffin's scientific name is "Fratercula arctica". (Forfeit: Puffin):"Tangent: A Manx Shearwater in Cokeland Island, Northern Irelandwas tagged as an adult (at least 5 years old) in July 1953 and was re-captured in July 2003, making it at least 55 years old, making it the oldest bird in the world.
Episode 4 "Dictionaries"
*13 October 2006 (BBC Four)
*20 October 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-7 points)
Ronni Ancona(Winner with 13 points) small|1st appearance
Rory Bremner(-7 points) small|1st and only appearance
Phill Jupitus(-7 points) small|8th appearance
* The buzzers are in alphabetical order. Ronni's played a note in the key of A, Rory's was B, Phill's played C, and Alan's buzzer had a man going "Do-di-do-di-do".
*Dictionary writers like to start at the letter "
M". (Forfeit: A)
*A 3 volume book about
Didcotcontains "The Long Years of Obscurity" as its first volume.:"Tangent: Alan was once performing at a concertwith Phil Collins, who was singing a song called "Where's My Hat?" and he was wearing a hatthroughout.":"Tangent: Didcot Power Stationwas the third worst eyesorein the UK according to a poll by "Country Life". Number one was Wind farms.":"Tangent: Didcot has the second oldest yew tree in the country. It's 1,600 years old."
Bubipeople of Bioko, Equatorial Guineacannot talk in the dark, as their language is mostly gesture. They cannot see what they are saying.:"Tangent: Ronni's impression of Mary Kingsley.":"Tangent: Diana Mosley and her liking of Adolf Hitler."
*Prince Charles owns Dartmoor Prison, because he is the occupier of the
Duchy of Cornwall.:"Tangent: Stephen's time in prison."
*When knighting someone, the Queen says nothing. (Forfeit: Arise, Sir Alan):"Tangent: If a
clergyman is knighted, the Queen doesn't use a sword.":"Tangent: The last public degradation in Britain happened in 1621 to Sir Francis Mitchell."
raindrop is spherical. (Forfeit: Pear-Shaped)
*The world's biggest drip is a
stalactitein the Gruta Rei do Mato, Brazil.:"Tangent: Denier and tights."
*The world's biggest crashing bore is a
tidal borein Chinaon the Qiantang River.
*The biggest thing in the
Solar Systemthat can float in water, with the exception of the Sunis Saturn.
*There are less than a three-
quarters of plants than we first thought.
*There were several different countries fighting in the
Battle of Culloden. There were more Scots fighting against Bonnie Prince Charlie than were fighting for him.:"Tangent: Scottish schools omit everything about the History of England, with the exception of the Battle of Bannockburn.":"Tangent: The English soldiers were called "Tommy lobsters". The Battle of Culloden was the first battle to use bayonets."
Dolphins do not drink.:"Tangent: Dolphins can't distinguish between hungerand thirst."
Episode 5 "Death" (Halloween Special)
*20 October 2006 (BBC Four)
*27 October 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-15 points)
Clive Anderson(-24 points) small|8th appearance
Sean Lock(-8 points) small|10th appearance
Andy Parsons(Technical Winner with 0 points) small|1st and only appearance
*The Audience (Winner with 2 points) small|First victory
(Despite announcing the audience as the winner, Andy Parsons is the official winner, making this the fourth consecutive week that a panellist has won on his/her debut)
* The chairman and all the panellists are dressed in black.
* There is a coffin in the centre of the set, replacing the "i" inside the "Qi" magnifying glass.
* The forfeits on the wallscreens are coloured
greenas opposed to the normal white.
bubonic plaguewas caused by marmots.
*British doctors treat depression more than any other illness. (Forfeit:
Cancer, Flu):"Tangent: A man who was depressed took apart his carand labelled every part and got his mood swingand he threw everything was just in pieces everywhere.:"Tangent: Exerciseand swimmingwith dolphins is proven to help with people who have depression.
*The saddest song ever is "
Gloomy Sunday" sung by Billie Holiday, also known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". The song was originally written by Rezső Seress, who broke up with his girlfriend. After the song became popular, they got together briefly but then she committed suicide by poisoning herself and left only a two-word suicide note that said simply "Gloomy Sunday".:"Tangent: People committing suicideby throwing themselves off Beachy Head."
*Killer Mushroom Roulette: The panel have to pick out which of four types of
mushroomis safe to eat, out of the Death Cap, Peppery Milk Cap, the Destroying angeland the Trumpet Of Death. The Trumpet Of Death is safe. Out of the 3,500 mushrooms in Britain, 100 are poisonous, but only 15 are fatal.
Nazis used Trumpets of Jericho. They were the Junkers Ju 87, otherwise known as the Stukas. According to archaeologists, Jerichohad no city walls. (Forfeit: Destroying City Walls):"Tangent: Stephen's dislike of the United States Army, mainly generals wearing sunglasses.":"Tangent: Alan tells how a general once tried to get through to young troops by quoting MC Hammer."
Extremophiles are the only things that lives in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. People can't turn around in the Dead Sea if they are the wrong way round and could drown.:"Tangent: Out of the 250 drownings in the UK each year, one-third are intentional."
Lemmings do not commit suicide by jumpingoff cliffs. The mythwas first noted in a children's encyclopediain 1908. (Forfeit: Myth Invented by Disney)
*There is no
curseof Tutankhamun. (Forfeit: Death To All Who Enter Here)
*Only five people died in the
Great Fire of London. The then-Lord Mayor of London, Thomas Bloodworthwent back to bedon the first night of the fire, because he claimed "a woman could piss it out".:"Tangent: The original Great Fire of London in 1212 killed more than 3,000 people."
Ring a Ring O'Rosesdates to 1881 in North America. (Forfeit: The Plague):"Tangent: Not saying "Bless you", when you sneeze."
Edward de Bono(who invented lateral thinking) suggested using marmiteto solve the Middle-East conflict, as it boosts zinclevels.
Episode 6 "Drinks"
*27 October 2006 (BBC Four)
*3 November 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(Winner with 10 points!) small|2nd win
Jimmy Carr(2 points) small|5th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-15 points) small|9th appearance
John Sessions(-3 points) small|7th appearance
*The show is based around an old-time
Pubtheme, with various of the questions and decorations referencing classic British pub culture, games, etc.
*There is a drinks rack behind Stephen Fry, including a keg of Watney's Red Barrel, and a
Dartsboard taking up the centre of the main background.
*Every panellist has a drink - Alan Davies has a martini, the other three have pints of
House sparrowknocked over 23,000 dominoes in Holland. After they tried to capture the sparrow, a man shot it and was fined €200. The sparrow was stuffed and shown at a display during 2006. (See Domino Day 2005 sparrow.):"Tangent: John's problem with birds in his house."
*You are not allowed to drink whilst playing
darts. It was caused by a sketch from " Not the Nine O'Clock News" which featured darts players drinking heavily, and it ruined the view of the game, so drinking was banned. You are also not allowed to wear a hat, unless you are a Sikh.:"Tangent: Darts commentator Sid Waddell's odd quotes."
*The connection between
Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Strindberg, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine and Kylie Minogueis Absinthe.:"Tangent: Absinthe was banned in Belgiumin 1905, Switzerlandin 1912 and Francein 1915 due to wormwood being poisonous. It was re-legalised in 1926 after they removed the wormwood. It has never been banned in Britain because it was never popular."
The Great Binge(1870-1914) is a period in history given by social historians, due to Absinthe in Europeand other dangerous drugs such as heroinbeing commercially available. Heroinis a brand name.
Vomit Cometis used to train astronauts.:"Tangent: The difference between weightand mass."
The Great Stinkoccurred in 1858 when Parliament was trying to be held, but the smell of faeces was so bad they had to stop. (Forfeit: He Who Smelt It, Dealt It.):"Tangent: The great-great-grandson of Joseph Bazalgette, who created London's sewage system after "The Great Stink", now runs Endemol."
Burnleydrinks more Bénédictinethan any other place in the world.
invisible inkand binoculars. It also brought in the Licensing laws and British Summer Time.:"Tangent: During World War II, Veronica Lakewas forced to get her hair cut. She previously had her hair combed over one eye, and many women copied this style. However, the women then worked in munitions factories, and their hair got caught in the machinery."
vomitoriumis a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre, through which the crowds could "spew out" at the end of a show.
*The single largest man-made structure on the planet is the
Fresh Kills Landfillin Staten Island. (Forfeit: The Great Wall of China)
*You should not drink
seawaterif you are dehydrated. (Forfeit: Alcohol)
*Alcohol does not kill
brain cells.:"Tangent: Beer goggles."
Episode 7 "Differences"
*3 November 2006 (BBC Four)
*10 November 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-144 points)
Jo Brand(-16 points) small|12th appearance
Julian Clary(-8 points) small|1st and only appearance
Dara Ó Briain(Winner with 3 points) small|3rd appearance
*The main difference between men and women is the
chromosomes. Women have two X chromosomes, but men have one X and one Y chromosome.:"Tangent: Women have twice as many pain receptors on their skinas men."
Alcoholhas a greater effect on men. In the long run, women are more likely to have alcohol-related brainand liverdamage. (Forfeit: Women):"Tangent: On Alan's 30th birthday, he was so drunk, he forgot that people had been distributing sparklers throughout the house. Photographs showed he was even holding one."
*Women get colder quicker, in order to keep the vital organs warm.:"Tangent: Dara not being married, and his fictional Filipino wife."
*The guests have to correctly identify a picture of a
Yupik. (Forfeit: Inuit):"Tangent: The average height of an eskimois 5' 4". The average life expectancyof an eskimois 39 years old.":"Tangent: The entire eskimo populationwould fit into the Los Angeles International Airportcar park, if you put 5 eskimos in a car.":"Tangent: Inuit throat singing, and Alan's impression of Andy Kershaw."
*You cannot describe the difference between left and right.:"Tangent: 1 in 10,000 have their organs the wrong way round. The condition is known as
*Deaf people applaud by waving their hands in the air. There is a misconception that they clap louder or harder.:"Tangent: Alan does the
British Sign Languagefor "bullshit" and "drunkenness"."
similaritybetween herringand teenage boys is that they both communicate by farting.:"Tangent: Julian farting in front of the Queen backstage at the Royal Variety Performanceand shitting himself."
*The only difference between
browneggs and whiteeggs is the colour.
*You would use
cogs or Meccanoto make a difference engine. It was only completed in 1991 and worked perfectly. Charles Babbage(who invented the machine) deliberately put some mistakes in the plan, so if anyone stole it, it wouldn't work.:"Tangent: He also complained to Alfred Tennyson about a poem he wrote."
*The difference between
ping pongand table tennisis that "ping pong" is a brand name.:"Tangent: Table tennis was banned in Russiaas it was thought it would affect people's eyesight."
Eskimos have 32 words for demonstrative pronouns. (Forfeit: Ice, Snow)
Moonsmells of gunpowder. (Forfeit: Cheese)
*Twelve people have walked on the Moon.
*Gandhi's first name was Mohandas Karamchand. (Forfeit: Randy):"Tangent:
W. C. Fieldsonce wrote a filmunder the pseudonym"Mahatma Kane Jeeves".":"Tangent: Mahatma means "great soul" in Sanskrit".:"Note: Alan Davies answered "Randy", and as a result was docked 150 points. The final scores were then revealed almost immediately afterwards, and Alan was on -144 points, a record lowest score in the show's history. However, without the 150 point penalty from the earlier question, Alan would have won with 6 points!"
Episode 8 "Descendants" (
Children in NeedSpecial)
*10 November 2006 (BBC Four)
*17 November 2006/18 November 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-29,000,000 points)
Rich Hall(2,000,000 points) small|13th appearance
Phill Jupitus(1,000,000 points) small|10th appearance
Jonathan Ross(winner with 3,000,000 points) small|1st and only appearance
(All scores in this game were multiplied by 1,000,000 as a generosity gesture from Stephen Fry, on account of it being for Children In Need. Therefore, the actual scores were -29, 2, 1 and 3.)
Vicky Pollardsaying 'No, but yeah, but no, but yeah, but yeah!
Catherine Tatesaying 'Am I bovvered?'
*Alan - A clip of Clanger speech
*The show initially began with
Pudsey Bear, the Children in Need mascot, in the place of Alan Davies, but Pudsey was replaced after all the panellists had demonstrated their buzzers.
*Each panellist has a Pudsey bear in front of them, however Rich Hall's Pudsey does not have one eye covered. This is because Rich Hall, being American and not aware of Pudsey's trademark, removed the eyepatch and bound his Pudsey's hands behind its back using the eyepatch before the recording of the episode began.
*Babies don't have kneecaps, because they're made of
cartilage. Babies also have 94 more bones than adults, mainly because most of the bones in the major areas, such as the skull, haven't fused yet.
*The area of the body that has the most bones is the foot, with 52 bones.
*The paradoxical frog grunts like a
pigand has offspringthree times its own size.:"Tangent: Winston Churchillfamously said "A doglooks up to you, a catlooks down on you, but a piglooks you in the eyeand treats you as an equal"."
Barbiecould have been US President, is a trained scientistand has larger breasts than you might imagine. Her maiden nameis "Roberts" (the inventor was called Barbara Millicent Roberts), has over a billion pairs of shoes and is only 11 inches tall. (Forfeit: Margaret Thatcher):"Tangent: If Barbie was a 5' 6", her feet would be a size 3 and her breasts would be convert|39|in|mm and she'd fall flat on herself, she also wouldn't have the necessary 17-22% body fat to menstruate.":"Tangent: Barbie first got a navelin the year 2000.":"Tangent: Barbie's first words spoken in 1992 were, "We will ever have enough clothes, I love shopping, math is tough."
Spider-Mancomic was the inspiration for electronic tagging.
Wonder Womanwas the inspiration for the lie detector.:"Tangent: William Moulton Marstonand his polyamorous relationship with the co-creator of Wonder Woman."
radioepisode of Supermanin which he fights the Ku Klux Klancaused the KKK recruitmentrate to fall to zero within a few weeks of it being aired.:"Tangent: Children invented earmuffs, the calculator, the trampolineand the Flag of Alaska."
Roald Dahlhelped to invent the Wade-Dahl-Till valve.
Oompa-Loompaswere originally black, because they came from Africa. (Forfeit: Orange):"Tangent: Alan mentions a Sherlock Holmes film, in which people were being murdered around a circus. An hour into the film, Holmes said to Dr Watson, "Pygmies".":"Tangent: Jonathan's experience in France, when he saw a tiny elephantdoing performance tricks and at the end of show, it was unzipped and a small dogwas inside it."
episodeof " The Clangers" called "Chicken" featured a scene when the voice actor says (through a swanee whistle) "Oh sod it, the bloody thing's stuck again".:"Tangent: Oliver Postgate(the creator of The Clangers) and his other creations including Noggin The Nog, Pogles' Woodand Bagpuss. He and Peter Firmincreated each episode in a barnand they each took a monthto make.":"Tangent: The highest amount of viewers the Clangers got was 10 million, when they appeared on an episode of Doctor Whocalled The Sea Devils.
*Bill and Ben speak "Oddle Poddle". (Forfeit: Flobbadob - that means
flowerpotin "Oddle Poddle"):"Tangent: Stephen reads out a letter from the son of Peter Hawkins, correcting an earlier mistake made on "QI" saying the language was Flobbadob (See QI Series "B", Episode 10)."
*The most listened tune in the world is the
Gran Vals( Nokia tune) by the Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega. (Forfeit: Crazy Frog):"Tangent: The Nokia companyproduces 6½ mobile phones a second."
Ferns are poisonous, carcinogenic, the second oldest plantafter mossand pollinate by flinging their seeds.:"Tangent: Stephen's complete misunderstandings of Geordieslang."
Terry Woganis descended from the Welsh. (Forfeit: Ireland):"Tangent: Wogan holds the record for the longest televised putt with a 33 yarder at Gleneagles."
*0% of money donated to Children in Need goes towards
administrationcosts.:"Tangent: The first Children in Need in 1980 raised £1 million."
Episode 9 "Doves"
*17 November 2006 (BBC Four)
*24 November 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(Winner with 54 points!) small|3rd win
Andy Hamilton(-8 points) small|3rd appearance
*David Mitchell (-9 points) small|2nd appearance
John Sessions(-4 points) small|8th appearance
*The pigeon is the bravest species of
animal, having won more Dickin medals than any other. The medalwas organised by Maria Dickinin 1943 to honour animals in war. Out of the 60 occasions, it has been awarded to a pigeon 32 times.:"Tangent: It was once awarded to a catthat was aboard HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze incident in 1949, when it ate all the rats aboard."
kamikazepigeon unit was set up to use pigeons in missiles. The pigeon was trained to peck at a ship. In the missile, if the ship was slightly to one side, the pigeon would peck on a glasstarget and it would relay a signal moving the missile and it would continuously peck as the ship got bigger and bigger. Every time it pecked correctly, the pigeon would be showered with grain. It wasn't used in combat. See Project Pigeon.:"Tangent: The extinctionof the Passenger Pigeon.:"Tangent: Pablo Picassowas a pigeon fancier and his father was a painter of pigeons and never painted again when he saw how good his son was. He collected Fan tail pigeons and he named his daughter "Paloma", which is the Spanish for pigeon or dove."
*The most influential piece of modern
art(according to the Turner Prizecommittee) was Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain".:"Tangent: The Fountain is signed "R. Mutt". The R stood for "Richard", which is French slangfor "Moneybags".":"Tangent: One person was fined $6,500 for urinating in it. It's valued at $3.6million."
dik-dikis able to hide, unlike the dodo, which is probably one of the reasons why the dodo is now extinct.:"Tangent: The dodo is related to the pigeon. It was forgotten until 1860, when it appeared Alice in Wonderland."
*According to "
Moby-Dick", a sperm whale's peniscan be turned into an apron.:"Tangent: Sperm whales have a bone in their penis, like a badger."
*Swift Nick Nevison rode from
Londonto Yorkin 15 hours. He managed to evade the lawby playing in a bowlsmatch against the Lord Mayorof York, who bet him in a match and since he won and used the mayor as his alibi. (Forfeit: Dick Turpin):"Tangent: Nevison never harmed anyone as a highwayman.":"Tangent: Dick Turpin, his brother-in-law and how his post master taught him to read:"Tangent: Timothy Spall's filmabout Pierrepoint, which revealed that Pierrepoint took 7 seconds from leaving his cell to hanging a prisoner.":"Tangent: The life expectancyin some parts of America is lower than on Death Row."
crime Burke and Harewere convicted of was murder. (Forfeit: Body-snatching):"Tangent: Medical students rarely get to dissect a humanin their studies any more."
*An underground fluffer cleans
hairoff the tracks in the London Underground.:"Tangent: Fluffers in the porn industryaren't used any more, because of Viagra."
E pluribus unum" is the motto of Benfica.:"Tangent: There is a statueof the Mozambique-born Eusebio(their most famous player) outside Benfica's stadium.":"Tangent: Laurence Llewellyn Bowenincorrectly answered the £1 Million on " Who Wants to Be A Millionaire", the right answer being "E pluribus unum", however this was found the be incorrect and he was asked back to answer a different £1 Million question
*"E pluribus unum" was originally used in a
recipefor salad dressing. (See " Moretum") [http://www.forumromanum.org/literature/moretum.html] . :"This was a bonus question for 50 points was supposed to subsequently asked, only for Fry to accidentally provide the answer before asking the question. Alan Davies then answered the question regardless, and earned the 50 point bonus. As it turned out, he would still have won without the bonus had nobody else answered the question correctly."
Episode 10 "Divination"
Special episode without Alan Davies (he decided to watch Arsenal play in the UEFA Champions League Final which was at the same time as the recording). Shots of him at the start were pre-recorded, he then dematerialised on the
TARDISsound. His answers to the questions were pre-recorded and played in the studio during the recording.
*24 November 2006 (BBC Four)
*1 December 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-70 points)
Graeme Garden(Winner with 7 points) small|1st and only appearance
Phill Jupitus(6 points) small|11th appearance
Johnny Vaughan(-19 points) small|1st and only appearance
*Each of the panellists were told to predict their scores using a form of
Coscinomancy- Using a sieveand seeing the remnants of what sieved in the sieve
Tyromancy- Using cheese, or in this case - Mini Babybels
**Phill - Tasseomancy - Using
**Alan - Pygomancy - Using a
*Whoever managed to accurately predict their own score at the end would be rewarded with 666 bonus points. No-one managed to do so accurately with their own scores, but Vaughan correctly guessed Garden's score. The 666 points were not given because it had to be their own score they predicted.
*There is also a
Doctor Whotheme in this episode. For instance, when Alan Davies disappears, the dematerialisation noise of the TARDISis heard, and when he calls in for the answer, the Doctor Who theme musicis used as his "buzzer".
*Fry interprets the panel members' dreams, and comes to the
conclusionthey are all gay.:"Tangent: Margaritomancyis divination using pearls and spatulamancy is divination using sheep's shoulder blades, ornithomancyis reading the flight patterns of birds and hippomancy is using the behaviourof a horse for divination purposes.":"Tangent: Horses are as intelligent as tropical fish, in terms of brainpower."
Clever Hansthe horsewas able to count and work out square roots and could read someone's body language.:"Tangent: Derren Brown's trick when you have an empty seat on a train.
*If you see a dead
donkey, you should jump over it three times for good luck.:"Tangent: The word "donkey" first came into the English languagein the late 18th century, but it was pronounced as if it was a rhymefor monkey. Before then it was just the word "ass".":"Tangent: When you breed a malehorse and a femaledonkey, it is called a hinny.:"Tangent: Donkey milkcannot be used to make cheese. Babies in Indiaare all fed on donkey milk. Cleopatra bathed in asses milk and Nero's wife Poppaea Sabinahad 300 donkeys milked for her bath."
demonymis your people name.
Chinese languagefor "American" is "Lovely country person" in English. The Englishman is called a, "Hero country person" and a Frenchman is a "Law country person".
*Robert Johnson and his death at the crossroads, by having
strychnine poisoning in his whisky.
*Deeper Blue (the first
computerto beat a chessgrandmaster) is now working for United Airlinesas a reservations clerk.:"Tangent: Garry Kasparovaccused IBMof cheating, after he planted a trapwhich he claimed that could only avoided by thinking creatively.":"Tangent: Stephen's experience of watching a match between Kasparov and Nigel Shortin London."
Number of the Beastis 616. (Forfeit: 666):"Tangent: A bus companyin Moscowchanged one of its routes from 666 to 616. The A666 is found in Lancashirebetween Pendleburyto Langho:"Tangent: The numbers on a roulettewheel add up to 666.:"Tangent: The fear of the number 666 is Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. The fear of the number 616 is Hexakosioidekahexaphobia."
*Thomas Midgeley, inventor of leaded petrol and CFCs has done more damage to the environment than any other person in history. (Forfeit: George Bush, Stalin,
Genghis Khan, Mao Zedong, Margaret Beckett):"Tangent: Midgeley died aged 55. At the age of 51, he contracted polio and invented himself a harness to get himself out of bed, but one morning it swung around and in the ensuing struggle he strangled himself to death."
European witchcraftis known for causing harm to people by sticking pins into dolls known as poppets. (Forfeit: Voodoo)
desire lineis a name given by planners to paths made by people who wander. People who wander without really thinking are called Meanderthals.
Episode 11 "Denial & Deprivation"
*1 December 2006 (BBC Four)
*8 December 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-39 points)
Roger McGough(Joint Winner with 1 point) small|1st and only appearance
Vic Reeves(Joint Winner with 1 point) small|2nd appearance
Mark Steel(-6 points) small|3rd appearance
*Roger - Bell (by pulling decorated rope hanging from the ceiling)
*Mark - Ruler twanged off the side of his desk
*Vic Reeves - Hand-bell
*Alan - Squeaky soft toy (causing a "Chipmunks" music clip to be played)
*The show was deprived of the normal set. Instead, Alan Davies and Mark Steel were sitting at school desks, Roger McGough and Vic Reeves had side tables and glasses of
whiskyand Stephen Fry sat at an auctioneer's stand with a gavel. The lighting directorwas "fired" so there was a lack of light. Some of the studio was lit by candles. The audience was forced to watch in the street. The buzzers were hand-cranked.
*The team were each given a tray, containing
dental floss, chili powder, a potatoand a green pen. The panellists had to find out how each item had been used in a prisonescape.
**Green pen - Steven Russell coloured his
shirt green, the same colour shirts as those of the prison doctors, and walked out of the prison.
**Dental floss -
Vincenzo Curcioused floss to file down the bars.
**Chili powder - Five prisoners from
Pakistanthrew spice powder into the eyes of a warden and ran out of the prison.
John Dillingerstole a raw potato, carved it into the shape of a gun, painted it black with boot polish and held up a warden with it.
Anna Freud, when childrenplay with their food, they are really playing with their excrement.:"Tangent: Sigmund Freud's fear of the number 62 and his refusal to book into hotels with more than 61 rooms."
William Bantingand the invention of diets. In 1864, he wrote a booklet called "Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public", which gave word to the term "to bant", which is dieting.:"Tangent: William Taft and his idea of diets as he was so fat, he couldn't get out of his bath. This then moved to Hollywood. In the 1950s, people used a tapeworm pill, which is when you swallowed a tapeworm egg. Alan's friend had a convert|3|ft|m long."
*Hoover the talking seal is a seal discovered in
Mainein 1971, who was found to have a Bostonian accent. He died in 1985 and appeared on ABC's Good Morning Americaand had his own obituaryin the Boston Globe.
Bastilleheld only seven prisoners (four of them were forgers and two lunatics (one of whom thought he was Julius Caesar).:"Tangent: The Marquis de Sade's imprisonment in the Bastille, and the loss of his work. He was moved prisons for shouting obscenities at the other people in the prison through a tube.":"Tangent: There are many misconceptions that the Tower of Londonwas a poor place to be kept in, it was a very civilized place to be kept prisoner.
Kray twinswere imprisoned in the Tower of Londondue to desertionfrom National Service.:"Tangent: Ronnie Kray's homosexuality, and the twins' relationship with David Bailey.":"Tangent: David Puttnamused to manage the Kray twins.:"Tangent: A poemabout Hoover the talking seal is written by Roger."
*The four main
religions of Indiaare Hinduism(805 million of them), Islam(134 million of them), Christianity(23 million of them)and Sikhism(19 million of them). (Forfeit: Buddhism)
milks a yak, because yaks are the maleof the species. (Forfeit: Milkman):"Tangent: Tibetsupposedly smells of butterand the buttermilk sculptures of animals.":"Tangent: A femaleyak is called a nak. A wild yak is around 6' 5", a domesticated yak is around 4' tall.":"Tangent: Yak hairis the longest of any animal. A lot of the wigs found in the BBCstore were made of yak and beards for peoplepretending to be Santa Clausare very likely to be made of yak hair."
Crabs have 10 legs. (Forfeit: 8):"Tangent: A poem about crabs by Roger.":"Tangent: A Crab lousehas 6 legs. Crab louses are so named because they latch onto the follicles onto pubes, eyelashes, or even beards."
George Washingtondid not cut down cherry trees. It was a myth invented by Parson Weems. Washington's father said "My son, your truth means more to me than 1,000 trees bathed in silver, with apples of gold."
*The panel have to correctly identify a picture of the
Yeomen of the Guard. (Forfeit: Beefeaters)
Episode 12 "Domesticity"
*8 December 2006 (BBC Four)
*15 December 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-64 points)
Jo Brand(-18 points) small|13th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-4 points) small|12th appearance
*Jessica Stevenson (Winner with -3 points) small|1st and only appearance
Dry cleaninginvolves solvents such as perc, so it is not really dry at all.:"Tangent: "Dry cleaning" is a term used by spies to see if they are being followed or not."
*Ray Davis (not the
Ray Daviesfrom " The Kinks") used 100,000 gallons of dry- cleaning fluid in 1964, while researching in neutrinos. After finishing his work, the leftover fluid emained in house in Leadville, South Dakota, because it is a hazardous waste.:"Tangent: Neutrinos are mainly invented to make all mathematicsin modern physicswork.":"Tangent: Davis is the in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person ever to win the Nobel Prize, aged 88."
vacuum cleanerwas horsedrawn, because peoplecouldn't buy a vacuum cleaner, because it was intended as a service.:"Tangent: Jo tries to guess her own quote:" "How do you know if it's time to wash the dishes and clean your house? Look inside your pants, if you find a penisin there, it's not time."
*"The first practical
dishwasherwas invented to wash dishes more..." "safely". The inventor of this dishwasher was called Josephine Cochrane. She invented the idea, because her porcelainkept being chipped by her servants and herself. It cost $250 to make, which was a lot in the 1880s, but it could clean and dry 200 dishes in 2 minutes and it won 1st prize at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. (Forfeit: Quickly, "Cleanly"):"Tangent: Cochrane's grandfather was John Fitch, who invented the steamboat.":"Tangent: The 1893 World's Fair also had the first Ferris wheelon display, made by the inventorGeorge Ferris.":"Tangent: In Britain, the odds of being killed at home are the same as being killed in a car crash. In 2003, a woman in Scotlandwas killed in a freak dishwasher accident, when she slipped on the floorand was impaled on a knifethat was sticking out of the dishwasher. Stephen cut his palm doing that once."
*The second greatest cause of death for women up to the year 1800 was
cooking. Childbirthwas the greatest cause. (Forfeit: Domestic Violence)
*To create the impression that the house has been cleaned when you have not, spray
furniturepolish behind the radiator.
Silkand spaghettican both stick to brick walls.
Rhubarband brown sauce can be used to clean copperand silver.:"Tangent: Phill mocks Stephen for his mention of copper kettles and later mentions Stephen's " Twinings" adverts."
*Using your own
salivais the cheapest way of removing blood stains from your clothes.
*The bottom door hinge is placed higher because of the effect of foreshortening.:"Tangent: Door hinges were originally made of
wood.":"Tangent: Stephen and Hugh Laurie's plasterers were Charlie Higsonand Paul Whitehouse. Phill then does his impressions of Hugh & Stephen."
Pea soupand baked bean juice are drinks made from beans. (Forfeit: Coffee):"Tangent: Stephen's story about a man called "Heinz", who was discovered wanking in a can of baked beans, while at school."
*"Have you ever slid down a banister?" - No, because people slide down the balustrade. (Forfeit: Yes)
William Wordsworthcould not smell. He suffered from Anosmia. (Forfeit: Daffodils) (This question was worth 200 points to everyone, but instead Alan said the forfeit answer, daffodils)
Episode 13 "December" (Christmas Special)
*15 December 2006 (BBC Four)
*22 December and 27 December 2006 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-53 points)
Jo Brand(-17 points) small|14th appearance
Rich Hall(-9 points) small|14th appearance
Dara Ó Briain(Winner with 2 points) small|4th appearance
*All the questions in General Ignorance are themed on
;Topics::"Tangent: More than £20 billion is spent in the
United Kingdomduring Christmas. 1/3 of books, clothes and toys are sold in the last 8 weeks of the year. 150 million Christmas cards are sent. 7.5 million Christmas trees are decorated. Enough wrapping paperis bought to gift-wrap Guernsey."
Christmasis celebrated on 25 December because it is the birthdayof the Roman god Mithras, who bears similarities with Jesus Christ. (Forfeit: Jesus's Birthday - His birthday is unknown, but Islamclaims it was during the Summer and Jehovah's Witnessesclaims the date is 1 October):"Tangent: The YuleFestival, of which the Yule logis named after."
*The Queen, after Christmas
lunch, watches herself giving the Royal Christmas Messageon television. (Forfeit: Goes For A Walk):"Tangent: What the Royals do on Christmas Eveand Christmas Day. Stephen is booed because he gets his Christmas tree from the Sandringham Estate, as does the Queen."
Photocopiers suffer the most at officeChristmas parties, due to peoplephotocopying their buttocksand inserting things into the machine.:"Tangent: There is a 25% increase in emergencycall-outs in the 2 weeks up to Christmas.":"Tangent: Things found inside photocopiers include sleeping cats, a snake, a kitchen knife, a sausage roll, a condom, stockings, a vibrator and a chequefor £6,000."
*Champagne was invented by the English in the Champagne
regionof France. There was a 19th century myththat Dom Pérignon accidentally made the champagne fizzy and said, "Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!", which is false. In the 16th century, the British took the flat wine from the region and added sugarand molassesto make it fizzy. (Forfeit: The French):"Tangent: Jo tells about making ginger beerand vodka, and Dara tells the correct way to serve a pintof Guinness, which he learned when he was a barman"
Catalonia, there is a figure in the Nativity scenecalled a Caganer, which squats and defecates, normally in the corner. People who have been the Caganer include George W. Bushand David Beckham. They have a Christmas log, which translated means "Shit log". There is also a popular phrase, which translated means, "Eat well, shit hard!".
Norfolkwere given little leather boots for Christmas, when they were driven from Norfolkto London, and later to the New World.:"Tangent: In English, turkeys are so called because the first merchants to sell them were from Turkey. Nearly all the other countries refer to them as Indian In America, they're referred to as "Fukit"."
Saints from Irelandinclude Saint Conleth, Saint Brigid of Kildare and Saint Kevin of Glendalough (Forfeit: St Patrick):"Tangent: Saint Brigid's great miracles include laying down a capeand owning whatever land was covered by it. She could also turn used bath waterinto beer.":"Tangent: Alan thinks he looks similar to Saint Bartholomew, but later Stephen thinks he looks like Saint Sebastian.
fingers on the The Creation of Adamwere painted by an unknown Papal restorer, after the original fingers fell off. (Forfeit: Michelangelo):"Tangent: Alan has a picture of "The Creation of Adam" on his mobile phone, even though he was told you weren't allowed to take any pictures."
*A man called
Father Christmasdied in Dedham, Essexon 30 May 1564. Christmas is a popular surname in Essex. The first recorded person with the surname "Christmas" was a "Roger Christmas", in the year 1200. 1,000 people in the UK phone bookhave the surname "Christmas", mainly in Essex, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, London & Sussex. (Forfeit: He's Not Dead):"Tangent: Jo recalls phoning a person called "Mr. Bastard". Stephen then tells of peoplewho irritate Jesus College, Cambridgeby ringing them up on Christmas Day and singing " Happy Birthday to You"
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/4/ British Comedy Guide - Series D]
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