Series 14, Episode 1
Lloyd Langford - Penguins
- King penguins chicks can go for five months without food. Found by Josh.
- Actor Spencer Tracy turned down the role of The Penguin in the 1960s Batman TV series because his character was not allowed to kill Batman. Found by Susan.
- Chinstrap penguins can generate rectal pressure 4 times as great as that of a human, around 7psi, the same as a can of lager. Found by David.
- The collective noun for a group of penguins is a "parcel". Successfully smuggled.
- Penguins have furnishings above their eyes to take the salt out seawater. Successfully smuggled.
David O'Doherty - Spoons
- There are more living organisms in a teaspoon full of good soil than there are people on the planet. Found by Susan.
- A bee needs to visit 28,000 flowers to make a single teaspoon full of honey. Found by Josh.
- 18,000 grains of sugar can fit on a teaspoon. Found by Lloyd.
- A teaspoon full of neutron star would weigh 1,000,000,000 tonnes and cause the Earth to be thrown out of orbit. Found by Susan.
- A teaspoon has a capacity of 60 metric droplets of water. Successfully smuggled.
Susan Calman - Dolls
- A ventriloquist doll won an Oscar in 1937. Edgar Bergen won for his doll Charlie McCarthy and was given an honorary wooden Oscar with a movable mouth. Found by David.
- In her 87-year-long career Barbie's past occupations have included being a diplomat. "Summit Barbie" was released in 1990 to mark the end of the Cold War. Found by Lloyd.
- The Ideal Toy Company marketed their Lost Baby Doll by saying it had been abandoned and needed looking after. It came with a card that read: "I'm little lost baby. You can make me happy." Found by Lloyd.
- Barbie originally had nipples that were removed. The doll was originally based on a semi-pornographic German doll. Some early collectable Barbie dolls do have nipples. Successfully smuggled.
Josh Widdicombe - Letters
- ITV once received letters of complaint when Coronation Street's Ena Sharples was seen eating two chocolate éclairs afters two years after a previous episode made mention that the character did not like them. Found by Susan.
- Pope John Paul I wrote letters to Pinocchio. Found by Susan.
- Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) once wrote a fan letter to Henry Ford praising the Ford V8 as the best car he had ever stolen. Found by David.
- In 1989 a computer error lead to 41,000 Parisians to be sent letter charging people with murder, extortion and prostitution instead of parking offences. Found by Susan.
- The earliest known use of the letters "OMG" to mean "Oh My God" was used in a letter sent to Winston Churchill. Lord Fisher wrote to Churchill in 9th September 1917: "I hear that a new order of knighthoods is on the tapis. OMG (Oh My God), shower it on the Admiralty." Found by David.
- Monday 29th December 2014
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
|Sunday 4th January 2015||12:00pm||Radio 4|
|Monday 5th January 2015||7:30am||Radio 4 Extra|
|Monday 5th January 2015||10:00pm||Radio 4 Extra|
|Monday 5th August 2019||9:00am||Radio 4 Extra|
|Monday 5th August 2019||4:00pm||Radio 4 Extra|
|Tuesday 6th August 2019||4:00am||Radio 4 Extra|
|Saturday 10th August 2019||12:00pm||Radio 4 Extra|
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|