Series N, Episode 5 - Not Nearly
- The correct answer to the question: "Alan, don't you not want some points or not?" is "Yes", although arguably you could answer the question in both the positive and negative as it is not a yes/no question.
- XL: Is it clear that Sandi will be docking points for anyone who uses the words "yes", "yea", "no" or "nay"? The answer is "yea", because they question was positively phrased. (Forfeit: Yes)
- The panel are shown a photo of two men in military uniform on horseback and are asked why the man on the right is such a loser. The man in question, Sgt. Gehnall Persson, took part in the 1948 Olympics for the Swedish Equestrian Team and won gold in the dressage, but his medal was taken away because the French runners-up spotted Persson was wearing a Sergeant's cap. At the time, Olympic Equestrianism was only open to officers and gentlemen, as it was an amateur sport, and the other ranks were considered professionals. Persson has been given a bogus promotion up to lieutenant in order to take part, but he forgot to change his hat and so was caught out. However, the rule was later changed and Persson won gold in the next two Olympics in his old rank.
- The panel are shown another photo, this time of two Olympic rowers and a boy, and are asked what they did when they found out their cox was too big. The answer is they borrowed a child from the crowd. The Dutch cox pair in the 1900 Olympics found that their cox, Hermanus Brockmann, was overweight. Worried they would lose, they spotted that the French were using children as coxes, so they borrowed a 7-to-10-year-old child who had already been turned down by the French. No-one knows the boy's name, but with him the Dutch won gold. However, the boy vanished back into the crowd before he could be presented with a medal, so the boy's gold went to Brockmann, and to this day the boy remains the only anonymous gold winner in the Olympics.
- Out of three bottles of wine, the first priced £5.50, the second £5.99 and the third £6, the one that people are most likely to go for is the £5.99. This is known as psychological pricing, and is akin to the practice of buying the second cheapest bottle of wine in a restaurant. People tend to prefer precise prices to round ones. There is also the "left-digit anchor effect", where people are more willing to buy something ending in 99p because it is still in the £5 bracket.
- There are many unfortunate names to have on the internet. One is Christopher Null of Texas, because when he enters his surname into certain websites, the site thinks "Null" means "Null and void" in the sense that the space is intentionally left blank and thus won't allow him to register. Hundreds of people in China have had to change their names because computers don't have the right characters to register their names properly.
- The best person to invite to a "Don't come" party is someone with enough money who can afford not to attend. It is when a charity asks people to donate money so that they don't have to attend a party.
- XL: The panel are shown two very different pictures of George I and asked why they are different. The answer is they are of two different people, who are both George I of different countries. George I of England was one of 51 candidates to become king of England after the death of Queen Anne, and although everyone else was ahead of him in terms of lineage, George got the job because everyone else was Catholic. The other George I was originally Prince William of Denmark who became George I of Greece. Following the Greek War of Independence in 1829, reigning monarch King Otto was overthrown and a referendum was held to decide who should replace him. William was again Queen Victoria's second son Prince Alfred. In the referendum of 240,000 votes, William got 6 and Alfred got 95% of the vote. There were also 93 votes to make Greece a republic, and one to bring back King Otto. However, there was a treaty banning British royals from taking the Greek throne, so William got it.
- The panel are shown a picture of Queen Victoria's coronation and are asked what is not right about it. The answer is that many things went wrong during the coronation. First, the Archbishop of Canterbury forced the coronation ring on the wrong finger, causing great pain and they could not get it off afterwards (he would make the same error with Victoria's wedding ring three years later); the Bishop of Bath and Wells turned over two pages of the service book by mistake and accidentally missed out the bit in which Victoria is declared queen, meaning the coronation was invalid. She had already left Westminster Abbey before they spotted the error, so she had to come back and do it again; and the elderly Lord Rolle became globally famous for tripping over the steps leading to the throne and rolling all the way down. When he did, Victoria went to help him, which also helped her because she not popular at the time but her act of kindness made people warm to her.
- XL: You might use Nobel's Safety Powder to blow something up, because it was the original name for dynamite. Dynamite was safer the other explosives at the time. The name "dynamite" comes from the ancient Greek for "power".
- The common Egyptian characters are the hieratic characters. Hieroglyphs were only used on special occasions. Hieroglyphs have multiple meanings, so they could just mean the thing they are drawing or something else. For example, the nose hieroglyph can mean, "smell", "joy", or "contempt". There are also no vowels used in hieroglyphs and thus we have no idea how the language sounded. (Forfeit: Eye of Horus)
- If you dropped a penny off the Empire State Building, the chances are it would land on one of the window ledges below, and the maintenance crews would scoop it up. The coins are too light to do any damage, and have too much air resistance to cause any damage if they did hit the ground, but most don't hit the ground anyway. Due to the design of the building most are blown on to the lower floors. However, if you dropped a pen off the Empire State Building, that would kill someone.
- Everyone on the show is asked to put their hand up if they have not got haemorrhoids at the moment. Everyone should keep their hands down, because we all have haemorrhoids. They are cushions, made of veins, and are designed to stop stools leaking out of your bottom. The problems with them occur when they are enlarged or inflamed. The main cause of this is standing or sitting still for too long, because it strains the rectum. (Forfeit: Up where?)
- Friday 25th November 2016
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Sandi Toksvig||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Victoria Coren Mitchell||Guest|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|Mat Coward||Question Writer|
|John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE)||Series Producer|
|Sohail Shah||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|