Series 4 - New Year's Special
- The QI klaxon is sounded whenever a panellist guesses something to true that is in fact obvious but wrong.
Rob Brydon - Snow
- A school in Norfolk has ordered its pupils not to throw snowballs at people unless they have asked permission from their target. Found by Alan.
- In June 1975 a cricket match between Derbyshire and Lancashire was stopped because of snow. Found by Stephen.
- One Frenchwoman left money to buy clothes for snowmen after she died because she thought they had feelings. Found by Stephen.
- The Nepalese word for the abdominal snowman is "metohkangmi". Found by John.
- In New York 54% of snowfalls happen on Friday or Sunday, when the clean-up can be carried out with minimum inconvenience. Successfully smuggled.
John Lloyd - Tax
- The words "tax", "taxi" and "taxidermy" all comes from the same Greek word: "taxo". Found by Stephen.
- The poet W. B. Yates had his taxes inspected by the Inland Revenue because they could not believe that a poet of such stature would have such a low income. Found by Rob.
- German tax collector Karl Doberman bred dogs in order to protect himself when collecting taxes. The dogs became known as Doberman pinchers. Found by Rob.
- Bagpipes can enter the USA tax free. Successfully smuggled.
- On the very day it was announced that PAYE (Pay-as-you-earn tax) was introduced in Britain, Sir Kingsley Wood, pioneer of PAYE and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, collapsed and died. Successfully smuggled.
Stephen Fry - Champagne
- Fredrick the Great of Prussia used champagne instead of water in his coffee. Found by John.
- Champagne corks were used as the first table tennis balls. Found by John.
- The longest champagne cork flight was 177ft 9in long, which is 4ft above ground level, recorded in upstate New York. Found by Alan.
- At times of water shortage in London during the 1890s champagne was used to wash coaches. Successfully smuggled.
- Champagne is nothing like as expensive as computer ink jet printer ink. Successfully smuggled.
Alan Davies - Tigers
- Tigers have stripped skin as well as stripped fur. Successfully smuggled.
- The markings on a tiger's forehead often resemble the Chinese symbol "Wang", meaning "King". The Chinese thus refer to tigers as the "King of the Beasts". Successfully smuggled.
- Tiger whiskers are poisonous. Successfully smuggled.
- Torquay was once frequented by sabre tooth tigers. Successfully smuggled.
- In India and Bangladesh people discovered that tigers almost always attack humans from behind. Thus people wear face masks behind their heads to protect themselves. Successfully smuggled.
- Stephen Fry: 2 points
- Alan Davies: 0 points
- Rob Brydon and John Lloyd: -2 points
- Monday 28th December 2009
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|