Series 11, Episode 6
Ed Byrne - The French
- In France it is legal to marry a dead person, provided you can prove the marriage was going to take place before the death. Found by Mark.
- During the first 20 years of the 17th century around 8,000 French aristocrats were killed in duels. Found by Lucy.
- Charles de Gaulle once said: "How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" Found by Lucy.
- Frenchman Michel Lotito is famous for eating unusual things. He has eaten 18 bicycles, 17 TV sets, 15 supermarket trollies, 6 chandeliers, 2 beds, a pair of skis, and a Cessna light aircraft. Found by Lucy.
- During the French Revolution, the kings, queens and jacks were removed from all decks of playing cards. Successfully smuggled.
Mark Watson - Lions
- An ostrich can kill a lion with a single kick. Found by Ed.
- Lions were hunted for their testicles which were once considered to increase sexual potency. Found by Ed.
- The rapper Snoop Dog has changed his name to Snoop Lion. Found by Ed.
- A lion's life expectancy is lower than that of a zebra. Lions have an average life expectancy of 10 year, while for zebras it is 25. Successfully smuggled.
- A giraffe can kick of a lion's head. Successfully smuggled.
Lucy Porter - Grass
- The tailor bird stitches its nest together using blades of grass. Found by Tony.
- The word "aftermath" comes from the word meaning to mow the lawn. Found by Mark.
- It was once considered unlucky to wear a green wedding dress, because it was thought that the colour resembled that of the green grass the bride was in when she made love to a rival lover. Found by Tony.
- About 70% of all water in American households is used to water lawns. Successfully smuggled.
- There is a Japanese grass fertiliser called "Green Piles". Other unfortunate Japanese product names include the soft drink "Mew-cos", a baby cleanser called "Skina Baby", paper tissues called "Last Climax", and a beef jerky called "Homosausage". Successfully smuggled.
Tony Hawks - The Piano
- Mozart wrote a piano piece which required the musician to play with their nose. Found by Lucy.
- Bach's grandson wrote a concerto which involved six hands playing on a single piano. A large male player would sit in the middle between two small female players, and the male who reach around his fellow players to play the extreme keys. Found by Ed.
- Princess Alexandria of Bavaria was convinced that as a child she swallowed a full sized grand piano made of glass. She would walk sideways down corridors and doorways for fear of getting stuck. Found by Mark.
- "Lately, I've been staring in the mirror" is a lyric by Stevie Wonder. Found by Lucy.
- It is most likely that Tony has been staring in a mirror. Found by Ed. Accidentally included by Tony.
- Louis XI of France invented a "pig piano" in which pigs of differing sizes were pricked with little spikes to make them cry in different notes. Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 13th May 2013
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|