Series 13, Episode 1
Alex Horne - Birds
- Some male cockerels will pretend to find food in order to impress female hens. Found by John.
- Medieval Europeans believed birds grew out of trees. Found by Jack.
- Male white-fronted parrots vomit into the mouths of female parrots when kissing. Found by John.
- St. Kevin is the patron saint of blackbirds. Successfully smuggled.
- Frigate birds of feed by chasing after other birds until they vomit, and then eat the vomit in mid-air. Successfully smuggled.
Lucy Beaumont - Witches
- In the olden days, witches would strip and rub themselves with a special ointment before flying. Found by Alex.
- In Norway, broomsticks are hidden on Christmas Eve for fear that a witch might steal them. Found by Jack.
- In Britain it was illegal to be a witch until 1951. Successfully smuggled.
- A witch's preferred take-off route was up the chimney. Successfully smuggled.
- Witches have been sentenced to death for such things as turning their daughter into a pony. In 1727 Janet Horne from Dornoch, the Scottish Highlands, was burned to death in a barrel filled with flaming tar, after being found guilty of turning her daughter into a pony and riding her to a witches coven. Horne was the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in the British Isles. Successfully smuggled.
John Finnemore - Pubs
- The Oaks Pub in Lancashire holds the World Black Pudding Throwing Competition, in which competitors hurl black puddings at Yorkshire puddings mounted on a 20ft high plinth. All money raised goes to charities in the borough. Found by Jack.
- In 2008 a lorry wrongly delivered 2,000 pints of lager to Windsor Castle, when it should have been sent to a pub in Maidenhead called The Windsor Castle. Found by Jack.
- Placing your glass upside down in some bars in Australia is a sign meaning that you could take on everyone in the pub in a fight and win. Successfully smuggled.
- In 1703 the barmaid of a pub called The White Lion was killed by a tiger. Hannah Twynnoy was the first person in Britain to be killed by a tiger because she kept teasing it. Successfully smuggled.
Jack Dee - Shoes
- Each British shoe size is measured in barleycorns, which is a third of an inch. 12 barleycorns equal one hand. Found by John.
- The Statue of Liberty's UK shoe size is size 879. Found by John.
- There is a perfume marketed as smelling of Burton-on-Trent, which smells of Marmite, Branston Pickle, beer and leather shoes. Found by John.
- Shovers are shoes which are designed to also act as hoovers and clean the floor. Found by Lucy.
- Monday 7th April 2014
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|