Series M, Episode 1 - A Medley Of Maladies
- Typhoid Mary died of pneumonia. Mary Mallon was an Irish cook working in New York at the turn of the 20th Century who carried typhoid, but displayed no symptoms and was immune to the disease. However, she infected between 30-50 people, and as people got infected and died, she would mysteriously leave her current job and become a cook elsewhere, so Mary knew she was a carrier. She was put in quarantine for a brief period, and let out on condition that she would no longer work as a cook, but went straight back into service. She attempted to hide from the authorities but was caught. She spent the last 20 years of her life in quarantine. (Forfeit: Typhoid)
- The most deadly thing you can find in a doctor's waiting room is a soft cuddly toy, because so many patients have handled it and it will not have been washed for a long time. 13.5% of hard toys in GPs' waiting rooms have bacteria, but 90% of soft toys have serious moderate-to-heavy contamination.
- There are several bits of your body that you can do without and still live. You can lose a kidney, your tonsils, your appendix, your gall bladder, your sinuses, your testes, your uterus, your ovaries, half your brain (in an operation known as a "hemispherectomy"), your hair, four-fifths of your liver (because it can grow back), your teeth, your bladder (which can also grow back), your fibula (which is not load-bearing) and a lung. The most famous person in the world with one lung is Pope Francis, who had one taken out as a teenager.
- XL: If Alan had kidney failure and Stephen were to donate one of his kidneys to him, then Alan would end up with three kidneys inside him. When you have a kidney transplant, the old kidney is not removed. There is one case of a man who now has five kidneys inside him after multiple transplants. (Forfeit: Two)
- XL: The thing that is wrong with 80% of medical students is that they think they have something wrong with them when they are in fact perfectly healthy. They suffer a form of hypochondria called Medical Student Syndrome, which has been known of since 1908. If medical students read about Medical Student Syndrome, they will end up believing that they have actually got it.
- What is having sex on your face right now are mites. Of the mites that live on the human face only 14% are visible to the human eye. They have no anuses, which means when they die a whole lifetime's waste is deposited on your face. Everyone in the world has these mites on their face, and they cannot be washed off.
- The human organ that most resembles an elephant's trunk is the tongue. The reason why trunks can take on just about any shape is because they are all muscle, and therefore mostly water, which cannot be compressed.
- XL: The difference between post-orgasmic illness syndrome and floppy trunk syndrome is that the former is suffered by male humans and the latter is suffered by elephants. Floppy trunk syndrome occurs when an African elephant loses the use of its trunk. The elephant has to toss the trunk across their shoulder to stop it dragging on the ground; must walk deep into water to drink; cannot eat properly; and there is no known cure so many elephants have to be put down because of it. Post-orgasmic illness syndrome is a condition where a man is allergic to their own semen. After sex the symptoms that occur include flu-like symptoms, rashes, itching, exhaustion and concentration difficulties. The cure is to have multiple subcutaneous injections of your own semen.
- Despite all the stereotypes, it turns out the nationality with the best teeth in the world is the British. According to the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), looking into the amount of fillings and decay, British children had the best teeth on the planet. (Forfeit: Americans)
- The part of the body named that Gabriele Falloppio named after himself were the Fallopian tubas. He thought that they looked like musical tubas, but in Italian when you pluralise a word ending in "A", the last letter becomes an "E", so in Italian there is one fallopian "tuba" and two fallopian "tube". When it spread into English people just read the word "tube" and pluralised it to "tubes".
- XL: The panel are shown a photo of two couples, one shaking hands and one kissing, and are asked which couple is most like to catch a cold. The answer is the couple shaking hands, because the cold virus is spread mainly from people not washing their hands after wiping their nose, and is not passed by saliva.
- A hip fracture is actually a fracture of the femur. It you actually fracture your hip, then that is a pelvic fracture. (Forfeit: A fracture of the hip)
- Friday 16th October 2015
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Justin Pollard||Question Writer|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Writer|
|Andrew Hunter Murray||Question Writer|
|John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE)||Series Producer|
|Sohail Shah||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|