Series 10, Episode 3
John Finnemore - Boris Johnson
- Johnson once stole a pencil case belonging to the former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, Tariq Aziz. Found by Arthur.
- Johnson went to the same school as the Miliband brothers: Primrose Hill Primary School. He was in the year above David Miliband. Successfully smuggled.
- Johnson once suggested that we should give Iran a nuclear bomb to stop them from developing one themselves. Successfully smuggled.
- Johnson likes to paint pictures of cows. Successfully smuggled.
- Johnson plays wiff-waff across the Mayoral Desk at London City Hall. Successfully smuggled.
Henning Wehn - Computers
- The Vatican has three computer serves called after the Archangels Rafael, Michael and Gabriel. Found by John.
- As Apollo 11 began to land on the Moon the computers in the landing module crashed and Neil Armstrong had to be landed manually. Found by Arthur.
- The PC was named as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" in 1982. In 2006 the Person of the Year was "You - the creators of original content on the World Wide Web." Found by John.
- Computers become twice as sophisticated every two years. This is known as "Moore's law", but the actual rate is actually 18 months. Found by Arthur.
- Henning is very angry about someone setting up a Facebook page about him without permission. Found by Arthur. Accidentally included by Henning.
- The Church of England set up an iChurch to combat falling church attendance. Successfully smuggled.
Holly Walsh - Oscar Wilde
- Wilde was dressed like a girl by his mother for the first few years of his life. This was normal at the time, but his mother also made him wear jewellery. Found by John.
- A 2004 musical written and directed by DJ Mike Reid about Oscar Wilde was so poorly received that it closed after one night. Found by Arthur.
- Wilde's grave featured an angel with an erect penis but this was broken off in an act of vandalism. After this it was reportedly used as a paperweight by the superintendent of Père Lachaise Cemetery. Found by Arthur.
- Wilde edited Woman's World magazine. Successfully smuggled.
- Wilde was responsible for coining the word "dude". After a tour of American theatres some fans embraced his ideas of aestheticism and his followers became known as "dudes" as a way of ridiculing their foppish style. Successfully smuggled.
Arthur Smith - Wasps
- There is a type of wasp called the "Aha ha wasp". It got its name because that is what the entomologist Arnold Menke said when he first saw one. Found by John.
- Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass originally featured a massive wasp wearing a wig, but it was cut from the book. It is most likely this move came from illustrator John Tenniel considered it too ridiculous to illustrate. Found by John.
- In 2001 Dutch police trained wasps to sniff out drugs. Found by Holly.
- In Devon wasps are called "Apple-drains". Found by Holly.
- In 1981 experts involved in the Dangerous Animals Act agreed that an animal was officially dangerous if its sting was "worse than two wasps". Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 14th January 2013
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|