Series 15, Episode 6
Holly Walsh - IKEA
- The name of one of IKEA's children's bunk beds translates into German as "the excellent intercourse bed." Found by Victoria.
- In 2013, twice as many IKEA catalogues printed as there were Bibles. Found by Sarah.
- IKEA stores are deliberately built like a maze. It helps to keep their customers inside the store for as long as possible, and they help to promote impulse buying. Successfully smuggled.
- IKEA's founder Ingvar Kamprad was a keen fan of the Nazis. He has been exposed as a Nazi sympathiser and a member of the Swedish Neo-Nazi movement during the 1940s and 1950s. Successfully smuggled.
- There is a girl named Ikea Dagless in Norwich, named after the stores. Successfully smuggled.
Katherine Ryan - Marriage
- Marriage is great. Found by Victoria. Accidentally included by Katherine.
- One Spartan marriage custom was for the bride to have her head shaved before the couple consummated, and for the bride to wear men's clothes and sandals. Found by Holly.
- Princess Diana had to call Prince Charles "Sir" before they were formally engaged. Found by Holly.
- In South Korea a common wedding present is Spam. South Koreans are the world's largest consumers of Spam outside the USA. Found by Victoria.
- One woman has married the Eiffel Tower. Erika La Tour Eiffel had a wedding ceremony in 2007, and has set up an organisation for those who develop loving relationships with inanimate objects. Found by Sarah.
- In an attempt to outlaw gay marriage Texas accidentally outlawed all marriage in 2005. Successfully smuggled.
Victoria Coren Mitchell - Switzerland
- Colonel Gaddafi said that Switzerland should be abolished. In 2002 he submitted a draft UN resolution saying that the land should be split between France, Germany and Italy. Found by Katherine.
- The holes in Swiss cheese are known as "eyes". Found by Sarah.
- Cuckoo clocks come from the Black Forest in Germany, and are therefore not Swiss. Successfully smuggled.
- The Swiss legal system forbids the population from hunting snails. In France you can only gather snails for personal use between April and June. Successfully smuggled.
- One man was refused Swiss citizenship for disliking cowbells. In 1983 a man from Czechoslovakia was rejected on these grounds, even though he had been living in the country for 14 years. Successfully smuggled.
Sarah Millican - Chewing Gum
- In Somalia it is illegal to carry old chewing gum stuck on the end of your nose. Found by Holly.
- The patient for Viagra chewing gum was secured by Wrigley's in the year 2000. Successfully smuggled.
- You burn 11 calories an hour when chewing gum. Successfully smuggled.
- The powder on some sticks of chewing gum is made out of finely ground marble. Successfully smuggled.
- Chewing gum can make your heart beat faster. A study of 234 students found that those student who were given gum to chew before a test performed better, by warming up the brain. This is known as "mastication induced arousal." Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 28th September 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|
|Victoria Coren Mitchell||Guest|