Series J, Episode 10 - Jungles
- The studio is covered in plants and bathed in green lighting. The QI logos lit up are made up to look as if tree branches and leaves are blocking them.
- The lion will sleep in the savannah tonight, or to be more exact mostly in the daytime. Lions have never lived in jungles. The song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is the most popular song to have ever come out of Africa. Solomon Linda, a black South African, wrote with his band the Evening Birds the song "Mbube", which is Zulu for "Lion". The original chant was, "Mbube, uyi Mbube", which means, "Lion, you're a lion". Linda was paid £1 for the son. In 1949 Pete Seeger gave it to The Weaver, who made it a big hit. Lots of other people and bands made the song a hit, most notably Tight Fit. In 1994 the song was incorporated into The Lion King. It is now estimated that if Linda had been paid standard composer royalties he would have earned $5million from the song, just from the Broadway version of The Lion King in five years. However, a South African journalist called Rian Malan brought the case to international notice and the Linda's family sued, eventually reaching a settlement.
- The best way for Tarzan to get around the jungle would not be to swing on vines: partly because they are actually lianas because vines do not grow in the jungle, and partly because they grow from the ground and not from trees. Gibbons make their way through the jungle via brachiation, which involves using the arms to move along. Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan wrote: "He leaps through the trees unaided. He could drop 20 feet at a stretch from limb to limb in rapid descent to the ground, or he could gain the utmost pinnacle of the loftiest tropical giant with ease and the swiftness of a squirrel." (Forfeit: Swinging on vines)
- XL: The panel are shown a picture of two different kinds of monkey, one with a very large nose and one with a very red face, and are asked what they are called. The big-nosed one is the proboscis monkey of Indonesia and South-East Asia. The males have noses often going as far down as below the chin, which the females find attractive. The technical name for is the orang belanda, which means, "Dutchman", who were the colonists in the area. The natives thought the Dutch looked like the proboscis monkey. The red-faced monkey is the uakari monkey of South America, which the locals call "English monkeys" because they look like sunburned English tourists. They are lethargic in zoos but active in the wild.
- Ginger ants, also known as fire ants, do not use soap because in order to get across water they make rafts out of themselves and the soap will break the surface tension. None of the ants drown because of the plastron layer of air between their bodies and the water. The ants can travel for weeks like this, in groups of 500,000. The can assemble and disassemble themselves in less than 100 seconds.
- A jolly jape: Stephen gets two specially coated pots of sand, one red, one blue, and a blow of water. The red sand is coated so that it stays on the surface. You can poke your finger into it and your finger will remain dry. The blue sand sinks to the bottom and clumps together, but if you take it out of the water it will instantly dry and not make any contact with any water near it. The blue sand has been coated in what Stephen calls, "a brand of spray that you are encouraged when you buy suede shoes to use to protect your suede shoes that might be called something that rhymed with Gotch Scard."
- The thing that goes at 40mph and smells of curry is the western grey kangaroo, the fastest of all the kangaroos. Many animals smell of other things.
- XL: Dubious theory - At least 10% of all the Amazonian rainforest was deliberately created by human activity over a period of 1,500 years, more than 1,000 years ago. It is in fact a gigantic orchard twice the size of Great Britain. Reasons for believing the theory include the large amount of fruit in it which humans consume, and that a large part of it grows in soil that is of human origin. The soil, known as terra preta (Portuguese for "black earth"), contains charcoal, bone, manure and pottery. This soil can only be humanly produced. According to a BBC Four documentary on the subject called Unnatural Histories, an advanced civilization of between 5-6 million people flourished along the Amazon until the 1540s when 95% of the population were killed by diseases brought by the Spanish. By the 18th century the rainforest was empty and no buildings were left behind, just the soil. For more information visit jungleschmungle.co.uk
- The world's most hideous lunch is the Epomis beetle larvae. If a frog tries to eat it, the larvae might attack the frog, latching itself onto the frog using its horns, and then eat the frog inside out. If the frog manages to eat the larvae, an hour later the frog will vomit up the still alive larvae, and then the larvae will eat the frog.
- The panel are show some film footage of a frog near a waterfall stretching its legs and are asked what it is doing. The frog is actually communicating, because the waterfall is so loud it is easier to communicate visually rather than verbally. It is known as the semaphore frog. The frog is either telling males to back off or trying to attract females.
- The sound of Alan's buzzer is the sound of crickets which make their nose by taking the large vein from the bottom of each wing, covered in comb-like teeth, and the rubbing top of one wing over the bottom of the other. No insect makes any noise by rubbing their back legs together. The act of making noise by rubbing body parts is called "stridulation". Only males make the noise and their do it for four reasons: to attract a female, to court a female, to warn off another male, and to celebrate a successful mating. (Forfeit: By rubbing their legs together)
- The thing that lives underwater and is the loudest animal in the world for its size is the water boatman. It is 2mm in length and makes a noise measuring at 99.2db. The theory is that they make the noise rubbing their penises against their tummies. To test their theory out the panel are each given metal rods and rub them with rosin, and rub the rods with it. (Forfeit: Blue whale)
- XL: There is a species of striped animal in full view in the studio all night - humans. We have very faint strips on our skin. Discovered in 1901 by dermatologist called Blashcko, they are known as "Blashcko lines". He studies 140 different patients with a particular kind of skin disease which show if you have this particular illness.
- Friday 23rd November 2012
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Reginald D Hunter||Guest|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Writer|
|Ruby Kuraishe||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|
|Andrew Hunter Murray (as Andy Murray)||Researcher|