Series A - Adam
With John Sessions, Danny Baker and Hugh Laurie.
In-Depth Episode Synopsis
Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers
- Adam's navel and the Archbishop of Canterbury's left ear are both purely decorative.
- Tangent: Sheep are castrated without breaking the skin.
- Tangent: Discussion of Prince Albert's libido and the Prince Albert piercing.
- "Finocchio" (fennel) is Italian street slang for a homosexual.
- Tangent: Kiwifruit use up more than their own weight in aviation fuel getting from New Zealand to Europe.
- Tangent: When Sir John Gielgud first heard of the name "Edward Woodward", he thought it sounded like a fart in a bath.
- Actor John Barrymore regretted not being able to see himself perform on stage.
- Tangent: A drunken Peter O'Toole once went to see a play, having forgotten that he was supposed to be in it.
- Young giant anteaters indulge in "bluff charging". Their claws are sharp enough to eviscerate a human.
- Tangent: The average graphite pencil can write for thirty-five miles.
- Dwarf anteaters are the size of squirrels and are a delicacy in parts of South America.
- The country with the highest suicide rate is Lithuania. (Forfeit: Sweden)
- Tangent: Two urban myths invented by the film industry: A ship's captain cannot marry people, and lemmings do not jump over cliffs. (The lemming myth was later corrected in Series "D", as the myth was actually invented in a children's encyclopaedia in 1905.)
- Caravaggio's real name was "Michelangelo".
- Tangent: When Stephenson's Rocket was introduced, people were concerned that travelling at such high speeds could cause irreparable brain damage.
- Tangent: The Romans believed that buggery caused earthquakes.
- The twenty-third tallest tree in the world is a giant sequoia called "Adam".
Danny Baker: 18 points.
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Note: Any repeats of this episode broadcast before 2009 are not shown
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