Series A, Episode 7 - Arthropods
- Australia was discovered by the Chinese. The Dutch were the first Europeans to discover it. William Dampier was the first Englishmen to discover it. (Forfeit: James Cook)
- Tangent: When James Cook arrived in Australia, he was only a lieutenant.
- The word "Aborigine" was first used to describe pre-Roman people.
- The word "Kangaroo" means "Horse" in the Begangi language. The word originates from the Guugu Yimithirr language for the animal we know today as the kangaroo. (Forfeit: "I don't know")
- Homo sapiens and apes both evolved from a common ancestor that has yet to be discovered, known as the "Missing link". (Forfeit: Apes)
- The Hehe tribe of Tanzania got its name from its war cry.
- Tangent: Jo Brand talks about a friend who gave stupid answers to "Trivial Pursuit" questions. These included, "What two countries can see from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro? - India and Spain," and, "What is the other name for the 'Northern Lights'? - Blackpool."
- Tangent: Alan Davies talks about a website featuring "True Answers from Family Fortunes".
- In Swaziland, it is bad manners to shield one's eye from the sun with one hand, and forbidden to point at the King's hut.
- The speaker of the Swazi Parliament was sacked in 2000 after he stole a cowpat belonging to the King, Mswati III.
- Henry VIII wiped his bottom using the hands of the Groom of the Stool, a servant.
- The word "Set" takes up more pages than any other word in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- An "Arthropod" is an animal with more than one joint in its legs.
- The male European earwig has a spare penis.
- A "Bug" is an insect that has sucking mouth parts.
- The highest amount of legs discovered on a millipede is 710, on the South African millipede. (Forfeit: 1,000) Correction: In Series K it was revealed that another millipede has been discovered with 750 legs.
- Water is coloured blue. (Forfeit: Colourless)
- More people have been killed by ducks than atomic bombs, due to them spreading Spanish flu in 1918. The outbreak killed more people that military causes in World War One.
- No animals bury their heads in the sand. (Forfeit: Ostrich)
- Tangent: The myth that Ostriches bury their heads in the sand was invented by Pliny the Elder.
- Rubber boots were invented by Amazonian Indians, by stepping knee deep in liquid latex until it dries. (Forfeit: The Duck of Wellington)
- Tangent: Vulcanised rubber was invented by Charles Goodyear.
- Tangent: The word "Arachnid" comes from a Greek myth, about a woman called Arachne, who challenges Athena in a weaving competition. She lost, and as punishment, shrivels into nothing is forced to weave for all her days.
- Thursday 23rd October 2003
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Phil Clarke||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|