Series 4, Episode 6
Tony Hawks - Ludwig van Beethoven
- Beethoven tried to sense music when he was deaf by biting a piece of wood between his teeth to pick up vibrations. Found by Phill.
- Beethoven was once accidentally arrested, being mistaken for a tramp. Found by Graeme.
- Haydn once said that Beethoven was rubbish at composing and should give it up. Successfully smuggled.
- Beethoven insisted that every cup of coffee made for him has made using exactly 60 coffee beans. Successfully smuggled.
- When Beethoven once heard a friend's opera for the first time he responded: "I liked your opera. I think I'll set it to music." Successfully smuggled.
Arthur Smith - Wigs
- Pubic wigs are called "merkins". Found by Phill. Accidentally included by Arthur.
- In the 18th century men and women wore very tall white powered wigs called "macaronis". Found by Tony.
- Wigs for dogs are sold in Tokyo. Found by Tony.
- Robert Hawker, a 19th century vicar, liked to sit on a rock and dressing up as a mermaid wearing only a wig made out of seaweed and an oilskin wrapped round his legs in order to hoax holiday makers. Successfully smuggled.
- As doctors were operating on the dying Caroline, Queen to King George II, she laughed at the sight of one of the doctor's wigs catching fire. Successfully smuggled.
- Kate Winslet wore a merkin during The Reader. Successfully smuggled.
Phill Jupitus - Honey
- There are about four or five uses for honey. Found by Tony. Accidentally included by Phill.
- Pharaoh Pepi II smothered his slaves in honey to acts as a kind of fly paper. Found by Graeme.
- Nicole Kidman books into hotels as "Miss Honey". Found by Arthur.
- Honey never goes off. Successfully smuggled.
- In Roman times taxes were often paid with honey. Successfully smuggled.
- Alexander the Great was coated in honey after death. Successfully smuggled.
Graeme Garden - Telephones
- The first words spoken over the telephone were: "Watson, come here, I want you." Found by Phill.
- The late Joseph Hirshhorn was buried with three telephones. Found by Phill.
- In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telegraph pole. Found by Phill.
- Alexander Graham Bell never telephoned his wife or mother, because they were deaf. Successfully smuggled.
- The first fax machines were invented in the 1840s, thirty years before the telephone. Successfully smuggled.
- Phill Jupitus: 6 points
- Graham Garden: 4 points
- Arthur Smith: -3 points
- Tony Hawks: -5 points
- Monday 9th November 2009
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|