Series 1, Episode 5
Tony Hawks - Bras
- Not everyone likes large breasts. Found by Marcus. Accidentally included by Tony.
- Imelda Marcos wore a bullet-proof bra. Found by Neil.
- The Warner Brothers Corset Company introduced the alphabet sizing of bras. Found by Frankie.
- Aviator Howard Hughes designed first cantilevered push-up seamless bra for Jane Russell. Found by Frankie.
- The German word for "bra" is "Büstenhalter". Successfully smuggled.
- In 1950s Britain, manufactures listed bra sizes "junior", "medium", "full" and "full with wide waist", which were popularly nicknamed "eggcup", "coffee cup", "teacup" and "Challenge Cup". Successfully smuggled.
Frankie Boyle - Hemp
- From 1776-1937, textiles made from hemp were common. These include the original Levi jeans. Found by Neil.
- From 1631 to the early 1800s, hemp was used as legal tender in the USA. Found by Tony.
- Nobody has ever bothered to calculate how much hemp could fill the Grand Canyon. Found by Marcus. Accidentally included by Frankie.
- Alice in Wonderland was originally printed on hemp paper and author Lewis Carroll was a hemp smoker. Found by Marcus.
- Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gainsborough painted on hemp canvases. Successfully smuggled.
- The American Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Successfully smuggled.
Neil Mullarkey - Barcodes
- In 1949, Norman Joseph Woodland invented the bar code when made a handprint in sand and realised the bars could be a visual version of Morse code. Found by Tony.
- The first barcode scanners were the size of a washing machine and contained components that needed to be water-cooled. Found by Tony.
- Barcodes look similar to a 5th century Irish alphabet called "Ogham" which features horizontal lines and gaps. Found by Frankie.
- In 1998, a New York pop artist made 22-metre high barcode paintings. Found by Marcus.
- Sunlight shining through windows prevents barcodes from being read correctly. Successfully smuggled.
Marcus Brigstocke - The Queen
- The Queen is fond of military marches and keeps a tape of them in her car. Found by Frankie.
- The Queen once drove a train named after her. Found by Neil.
- The Queen strongly dislikes the colour magenta, milk puddings, sailing and any talk of her uncle the Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII. Found by Neil.
- Whenever the Queen stays in a hotel she takes her own Dundee cake, marmalade and electric kettle which she insists on plugging in herself. Successfully smuggled.
- Wherever she goes the Queen takes a black outfit in case she needs to mourn. Successfully smuggled.
- Neil Mullarkey and Marcus Brigstocke: 4 points
- Frankie Boyle: 2 points
- Tony Hawks: 1 point
- Monday 21st May 2007
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|