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The Unbelievable Truth

BBC Radio 4 panel show built on truth and lies. 141 episodes (pilot + 23 series), 2006 - 2020. Stars David Mitchell.

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Series 2, Episode 2

Michael McIntyre talks about toilets, Fred MacAulay looks at cows, Graeme Garden discusses sandwiches and Lucy Porter chats about giraffes.

Further details

The Truths

Michael McIntyre - Toilets

- The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet. Found by Lucy.

- It is believed the word "loo" comes from the French "gardez l'eau", meaning "look out below" when they emptied their chamber pots onto the street. Found by Fred.

- In a survey it was discovered that 91% of 30,000 British women do not sit properly on public toilets but instead have a semi-sitting squatting position. Found by Lucy.

- 19th century carriages used to have "carriage pots" which a woman could use as a toilet by sitting over them, protecting their modesty with their large hoop skirts, and do their business as the coach moved. Found by Fred.

- Substitutes for toilet paper include a muscle shell called a "scraper", the Romans used sponges on sticks, in the desert they used sand, and in the American South they used corncobs. Found by Fred.

Fred MacAulay - Cows

- The idea of a cow working in the City is ridiculous. Found by Graeme. Accidentally included by Fred.

- Cows are fed magnets which attract any metal the cow has accidentally eaten so it does less damage to the cow's internal organs. Found by Lucy.

- Cows have regional accents. Found by Graeme.

- The last cow to be hanged for crimes was a cow in Paris in 1740 for sorcery. Found by Lucy.

- A group of 12 or more cows is a "flink". Successfully smuggled.

- In Sweden, there is a train that runs on methane produced by stewed cow organs. Successfully smuggled.

Graeme Garden - Sandwiches

- Americans eat over 300 millions sandwiches a day. Found by Michael.

- According to research from Bristol University, if having a Stilton cheese sandwich the idea slice of cheese is 3mm thick. Found by Fred.

- When King George VI visited America, President Franklin D. Roosevelt served him hot dogs as it was considered a traditional American dish. Found by Lucy.

- The idea of serving hot meat between two pieces of bread was first tired out by 15-year-old Charles Nagreen at the country fair at Seymour, Wisconsin. Successfully smuggled.

- Graeme's friend, the current Earl of Sandwich, did once tell him that his son Orlando runs the Earl of Sandwich Sandwich Bar at Disneyland, Orlando, Florida. Successfully smuggled.

Lucy Porter - Giraffes

- Male giraffes frequently caress and court each other. Found by Fred.

- Giraffe tails are used as currency. Found by Graeme.

- A giraffe's kick is so powerful it can decapitate a lion. Found by Michael.

- Giraffes have no vocal cords. Successfully smuggled.

- Because they are so tall, in zoos giraffes are in danger of being struck by lightning. Successfully smuggled.

Scores

- Lucy Porter: 7 points
- Graeme Garden: 5 points
- Fred MacAulay: 3 points
- Michael McIntyre: 1 point

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 12th May 2008
Time
6:30pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Graeme Garden Guest
Lucy Porter Guest
Michael McIntyre Guest
Fred MacAulay Guest
Writing team
Iain Pattinson Writer
Production team
Jon Naismith Producer
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