Series M, Episode 11 - Menagerie
- The panel try to do an impression of a moose on the pull. The correct way to do it is when the male moose are rutting they dig a hole, urinate into the hole, pull out the "pissy mud" so it covers their legs and bodies, walk a little bit away from the hole, sit down, and the females find this attractive. Before this however the male moose fight each other with their antlers.
- XL: A tiger might help an old deer get home as it would help find the deer's original habitat. The milu was a deer that was native to China, but has been extinct in the wild for 1,200 years because the Chinese thought that their antlers were an aphrodisiac. However, some milu were saved by Europeans, including the 11th Duke of Bedford who put them in a park in Woburn Abbey. In 1985 there was a plan to reintroduce milu to China, but there is no record of which part of China they came from. They knew milu liked marsh grounds, but then they decided to find out which animals the milu had an atavistic memory of. They therefore played recording of various animals and the one the milu reacted to was tigers. An area of China was found where there was a large number of tiger fossils, because there are almost no tigers alive in China because the Chinese think tiger penises are an aphrodisiac, and the milu were sent there.
- The world's most dangerous moustache is on the moustachioed toad, also known as the emei. They have sharp horns on their upper lips so the males fight each other during mating season. Native to China, during the mating season the toads build up their forearms, grown their moustache, and fight a male rival at the bottom of a river stream by trying to rip off each other's stomachs. 90% of toads involved in this combat get injured. The horns are shed when after the female's eggs are hatched.
- You would want to shave the monkey in order to get rid of them. The langur is a monkey so common in India that they are considered a pest, but because they considered sacred to the Hindus (Lord Hanuman in the Hindu monkey god) they cannot be killed. In order to get rid of them the alpha male is shaved and this puts the rest of the group off him, so they go away. While langurs are fine in the wild, when they are with humans they pull their hair and they bite people. In 2001 several large langurs were employed by the Indian government. They were paid in bananas to police the defence centre where rhesus macaques were stealing food and paperwork, as well as pulling women's saris off.
- XL: The panel are shown a picture of a macaque giving a toothy grin to camera. It is in fact a very famous photograph as the macaque in Indonesia took a selfie. This photo resulted in a legal debate as to who owned the copyright to the picture: the macaque, or British photographer David Slater who set up the equipment. A US Copyright Office ruled that for an image to be copyrightable a work must owe its origin to a human being. While the macaque took the picture, Slater set everything up and all the macaque did was press the button that took the photo. Therefore the image is supposedly uncopyrightable, but QI has decided to pay for the rights to use to photograph.
- The way to titillate a tree ocelot is not to oscillate its tits a lot. Better known as a margay, they are almost unique among cats for being able to climb both up and down trees headfirst, which they do by rotating their ankles 180 degrees. The only other cat to do this is the cloud leopard. Native to Central and South America, margays can imitate the calls of wild monkeys.
- The panel are given a map of the world and are asked to draw the annual migration of the North American blue grouse. The route is actually very small: it is 300 yards. It goes down to its breeding grounds every spring, then in the autumn it walks back uphill. The word for the uncontrollable urge to migrate is "zugunruhe", which is German for "movement and restlessness".
- A marsh warbler goes to other birds for singing lessons. The parents stop singing before a baby marsh warbler is hatched, so instead it imitates the calls of other birds. They can learn 31 European and 45 African bird calls. Thus you can never tell a bird is a marsh warbler just by the call.
- A mosquito goes to the Arctic to concentrate, in the sense that the Arctic has the greatest swarm concentration of mosquitos in the world. This happens mainly in Alaska and Manitoba. Standing pools of water are ideal breeding grounds for them. (Forfeit: The library; Africa)
- If you count up all the animals in the world, the average number of legs each animal has is 0.01 legs. This is because the huge numbers of nematodes in the world, which have no legs. There are 10 to the power of 22 nematodes in the world, which means there are 100 times more nematodes than mites in the world, and 1,000 times more nematodes than insects. One nematode lives as a parasite in the human eye that can grow up to 7cm in length. (Forfeit: Three; One)
- A question about macropods: the number of legs a kangaroo has is five. The tail not only counts as a leg, but it is the strongest of their limbs. Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, found that red kangaroos put their front pegs on the ground and move their back legs forwards, and at the same time their push their tail onto the floor and use it to propel themselves forward. The force from the tail is as great as the force of the other four legs combined. A kangaroo would cope fine if you cut off any of its other legs, but if you cut of the tail it would have trouble moving around. (Forfeit: Two)
- Friday 15th January 2016
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Writer|
|Andrew Hunter Murray||Question Writer|
|Anne Miller||Question Writer|
|Stevyn Colgan||Question Writer|
|Anna Ptaszynski||Question Writer|
|John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE)||Series Producer|
|Sohail Shah||Executive Producer|
|Justin Pollard||Associate Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|