Series 11, Episode 5
Richard Osman - The Octopus
- The correct plural of "octopus" is "octopodes", although "octopuses" is also used. Found by John.
- The male octopodes testicles are in the head. So are the stomach, heart, kidneys, ink sack, brain and anus. Found by John.
- Some octopodes use the spines of Portuguese man o' war as weapons and the halves of coconuts as shields. Found by John.
- An octopus can unscrew the lid off a jar. Found by Rhod.
- Octopodes have been known to eat themselves. They have been observed eating their own arms, most likely as a result of a neurological disorder. Successfully smuggled.
John Finnemore - Aeroplanes
- The Wright Brothers ran a bike shop before inventing the plane. Found by Richard.
- When the Wright Brothers argued, half-way through they would swap arguments by swapping each-others viewpoint to get construct the right answer. Found by Lucy.
- Lilian Bland built the first plane in Northern Ireland using a whisky bottle as a petrol tank and her aunt's ear trumpet to feed it. The plane was called the "Mayfly". Found by Richard.
- One rejected aeroplane design had 9 wings and 8 engines. It crashed on its first and only flight in 1921. Found by Richard.
- In 1930, Elsworth W. Bunce became the first man to milk a cow on a plane. Successfully smuggled.
Lucy Beaumont - Armadillos
- Armadillo shells have been used to make Peruvian mandolins, but this is now no longer the practice. Found by Rhod.
- If a male armadillo was scaled up to the size of a human it would have a four-foot long penis. Found by John.
- The screaming hairy armadillo spend so much of its time in a deep sleep that that not even being hit with a broom will wake it up. Found by Richard.
- The pink fairy armadillo looks like a furry prawn. Successfully smuggled.
- A third of all Americans who get leprosy catch it from armadillos. Successfully smuggled.
Rhod Gilbert - Socks
- People who wear socks in bed and having warmer feet have better sex. Found by John.
- Socks have been made out of cobwebs in the 17th by a Frenchman. Found by John.
- The Russian for "socks" is "nosóks". Found by John.
- The Ancient Greek word for "socks" was "sickos". They were only worn by women, so it was certain a Greek actor would get a laugh if he wore them on stage. Successfully smuggled.
- The word "sock" comes from the Latin "sockus", which comes from "sickos". Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 6th May 2013
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|