Series 3, Episode 1
Graeme Garden - Bicycles
- The longest bicycle in the world seats 40 people. Found by Lucy.
- There was a law between 1888 and 1930 there was a law in Britain which order bike riders to ring their bells constantly while riding. Found by Lucy.
- Leo Tolstoy was given a bicycle for his 67th birthday. Successfully smuggled.
- In Canada, the Rhinoceros Party, a joke political party, once proposed to bulldoze the Rocky Mountains and use the rock to build downhill cycle paths from coast-to-coast. Successfully smuggled.
Chris Addison - Albert Einstein
- Einstein could not speak properly until he was 9. The condition for people who develop speech later in their lives is "Einstein syndrome". Found by Lucy.
- Einstein patented a type of refrigerator. Found by Clive.
- Einstein brain for some time after his death was kept in a Tupperware box after it was stolen during his autopsy. Found by Graeme.
- On at least on occasion Einstein's driver gave a lecture on his behalf. Successfully smuggled.
- In the divorce settlement with his first wife there was a clause about entitling her to all the Nobel Prize money he might win. When he did win the prize, Einstein refused to pay. Successfully smuggled.
Clive Anderson - Money
- The Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. Found by Graeme.
- In Siberia solid blocks of tea were used as currency. Found by Chris.
- Potatoes were used as currency on the island of Tristan da Cunha until World War Two. Found by Lucy.
- In the French-speaking part of Canada playing cards were pressed into service as bank notes for the best part of 100 years. Successfully smuggled.
- Dogs teeth were used as currency on the Solomon Islands. Successfully smuggled.
Lucy Porter - Penguins
- The gentoo penguin has pink poo. Found by Chris.
- Penguins can jump six feet into the air, from the water. Found by Graeme.
- Some female penguins sell sexual favours for rocks. Found by Graeme.
- No-one knows for sure where the penguin got its name, but one theory is that is comes from Welsh "pen" meaning "hen" and "guin" meaning "white". Successfully smuggled.
- Penguins sleep more deeply in the afternoon than in the morning. Successfully smuggled.
- Lucy Porter: 4 points
- Graeme Garden: 3 points
- Chris Addison: 1 point
- Clive Anderson: 0 points
- Monday 23rd March 2009
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|