Series 15, Episode 2
Arthur Smith - Pets
- Napoleon Bonaparte's wife Josephine had a pet orangutan that joined her for dinner dressed in a white cotton blouse and could juggle Viennese cakes. Found by Susan.
- The five most popular names for pet cats in the UK are Charlie, Molly, Poppy, Willow and Oscar. Found by Susan.
- Dorothy Parker had a pet canary called Onan, so called it spilled his seed on the ground, in reference to the Biblical figure of the same name. Found by Susan.
- The oldest pet goldfish was known to lived to the age of 43. Found by David.
- Jeremy Bentham had a pet teapot. Successfully smuggled.
Jon Richardson - Bacteria
- Gonorrhoea is relatively speaking the strongest organism known to man. It can pull up to 100,000 times its own body weight. Found by Susan.
- Studies suggest that one-in-five office mugs contain traces of faecal bacteria. This is mainly because people clean the mugs with bacteria-ridden brushes instead of a dishwasher. Found by Arthur.
- There are more bacteria in your mouth then there are people in the world. Found by Arthur.
- The first bacteria were called "animalcules", as in "molecules". Successfully smuggled.
- Listening with headphones can increase inner ear infection by 700 times. Successfully smuggled.
Susan Calman - Zombies
- The Canadian government organised a "Zombie Awareness Week" to help educate people, especially younger people, about real emergencies. Found by Jon.
- It used to be thought that to release a zombie from its bondage you should offer it some salty food or water, and then it goes back to its grave. Found by Arthur.
- Humphrey Bogart appeared in a zombie film. He played a vampire zombie in The Return of Doctor X. He did not like talking about it in interviews and considered it a low-point in his career. Found by Arthur.
- People once thought that if you fed a zombie red pistachio nuts it would break its trance and allow the zombie to die. Successfully smuggled.
- 8th October is World Zombie Day. Successfully smuggled.
David O'Doherty - Water
- Most people think that water is clear. Found by Arthur. Accidentally included by David.
- Ships travel faster in cold water because it allows greater buoyancy. Found by Arthur.
- Tortoises drink through their mouths, noses and tails. Found by Susan.
- Humans lose half-a-pint of water in perspiration through our feet every day. Found by Arthur.
- Egyptian pharaohs masturbated into the Nile to ward of drought. Found by Susan.
- Water is not clear, but it is really, really, really light blue. Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 31st August 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|