Series 15, Episode 1
Lloyd Langford - Magic
- Originally the cartoon character Popeye got his strength by rubbing the head of a magic chicken. Found by Sara.
- The UK branch of the Magic Circle once demanded that the EU should increase the size of euro coins to make them easier to perform tricks with. Found by Henning.
- More people have seen David Copperfield perform live than any other performer. Found by Henning.
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel once accidentally swallowed a coin when performing a magic trick for his children. It got stuck near his lung, and when an operation failed to get it out he designed and built a special table to turn him upside-down. After a few hard slaps on his back, the coin came out. Found by Miles.
- The skins of otters have long been held to have magical properties, including protection from drowning. Successfully smuggled.
Henning Wehn - Austria
- There is an Austrian-based TV channel that only shows repeats of The Sound of Music, 24 hours a day. Found by Sara.
- Gustav Mahler composed songs about the deaths of children. Shortly after doing this both his daughters caught scarlet fever, the eldest dying. Found by Lloyd.
- There is an erroneous claim that Austria is the home of the kilt, and Austrian kilts are sold today. Found by Miles.
- There was a "Potato War" between Austria and Prussia. This is a nickname for the War of Bavarian Succession. Found by Lloyd.
- Sigmund Freud believed that morning sickness represented the loathing of the baby's father and the mother's desire to vomit up his baby. Found by Sara.
Sara Pascoe - Swans
- Airline pilots have seen swans flying at a height of 29,000 feet. Found by Miles.
- The Queen, or rather her "Swan Master", gives the Queen's swans flu-jabs every year. Found by Henning.
- In 2006 a German swan once fell in love with a swan-shaped pedalo, and refused to fly south for the winter because the pedalo didn't do so. Found by Henning.
- The collective noun for a group of swans is a "lamentation". Found by Miles.
- Swans taste muddy. Successfully smuggled.
Miles Jupp - Onions
- Small onions were found in the eye sockets of the mummy of Ramses IV. Found by Henning.
- An old Scottish cure for deafness was to mix onion juice with ant eggs and pour the mixture into the ears. Found by Sara.
- Onions foiled an armed robbery in a Michigan branch of Burger King one morning. The clerk said he couldn't open the till without a food order, so the robber ordered onion rings, but was told that they were not part of the breakfast menu, so the robber left. The robber was nominated of a Darwin Award in 2005. Found by Lloyd.
- Ernest Hemingway's favourite food when he was writing was peanut butter and onion sandwiches, washed down with rum. Found by Henning.
- According to research by a Swiss company, a woman's underarm sweat smells like onions, while a man's underarm sweat smells like cheese. Found by Sara.
- Monday 24th August 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|