Series 7, Episode 3
Tony Hawks - Mice
- In 1578, a shower of yellow mice fell in Bergen, Norway. The following year there was a shower of lemmings in the same town. Found by Rhod.
- East Australian brown antechinus mice have 16 partners a time, with sex sessions in trees lasting up to 12 hours. They often become so weak that the mice fall out of the tree and are killed. Found by Charlie.
- Mice prefer women to men. Successfully smuggled.
- Mice sing and whistle like birds, but it is at a pitch too high for humans to hear. Successfully smuggled.
- Mice cream is a popular dish in the Arctic. It is sautéed mice mixed with cream. Successfully smuggled.
Charlie Brooker - Television
- St. Claire is the patron saint of television. She was a 13th century nun who could not attend a service and so was shown a vision of it on her cell wall after praying to God. Found by Rhod.
- John Logie Baird once blanked out the whole of the electricity supply of Glasgow after a failed attempt to make artificial diamonds. He also invented an inflatable shoe and a glass razor, but these never took off. However, he did successfully invent and market thermal socks. Found by Tony.
- One early TV programme made before WWII was Come and be Televised, which featured a young Bruce Forsyth. Found by Rhod.
- People once complained about Bob Holness waving on Blockbusters, because they thought his wave looked too much like a Nazi salute. Found by Rhod.
- UKTV Style once has an online TV show called Watching Paint Dry, in which people watched different types of paint dry 24 hours a day and voted for the best one. Successfully smuggled.
Arthur Smith - Sir Walter Raleigh
- Sir Francis Drake showed Raleigh how to smoke. Found by Charlie.
- After Raleigh had his head cut off it was embalmed and presented to his wife, who carried it around with her in a velvet bag. Found by Tony.
- Raleigh never visited Virginia or indeed any other part of North America. Successfully smuggled.
- It is likely that "raw-lee" was most common pronunciation of Raleigh's name during his life-time. Elizabeth I's nickname for him was "Water", because of way Raleigh pronounced his name in his Devonshire accent. Successfully smuggled.
- During the 15 years Raleigh was imprisoned he wrote a five-volume history of the world, but only got as a far as the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Successfully smuggled.
Rhod Gilbert - Soup
- Amazonian tribes have made soup out of the powdered bones of dead relatives. Found by Tony.
- Elvis Presley liked to have chicken soup between performances. Found by Tony.
- It is illegal to slurp soup in a public eating place New Jersey. Successfully smuggled.
- Nebraskan bar owners cannot sell beer unless they are also brewing a kettle of soup. Successfully smuggled.
- Victorian eccentric Francis Buckland claimed that elephant trunk soup was still too chewy, even though he had been cooking it for several days. Successfully smuggled.
- Monday 18th April 2011
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|David Mitchell||Host / Presenter|