Series O, Episode 5 - Odorous And Odious
- If any of the panel does well, Sandi will give out scratch-and-sniff stickers to them. However, as Sally has a cold she can't smell anything.
- The scent you should wear to attract a cougar is Calvin Klein's "Obsession". In 2003, the Wildlife Conservation Society tested out several scents to find which ones big cats find attractive, so that they can be lured into camera traps for filming purposes. "Obsession" kept big cats interested for 11 minutes, while Revlon's "Charlie" only worked for 15 seconds.
- The panel play a game called "On The Scent". Sally reads descriptions of perfumes and they have to guess which celebrity scent it is.
- The Apocalypse will smell of "Apocalypse" by artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, who made a perfume that smells of everything that has a recognisable smell that is mentioned in the 1611 King James Bible version of the Book of Revelations. It smells of blood, rocks of the mountains, incense, wormwood, rod of iron, creatures of the sea, hail and fire, animal horns, burnt flesh and brimstone. The duo gave this list to an Edinburgh based perfume maker, Euan McCall, who made it into a perfume. A reporter for The Guardian described the smell as: "digestive".
- XL: The Battle of the Smellies was won by no-one. In the 1950s, cinema was worried about TV taking away audiences, so as a gimmick they decided to pipe smells into films. Two different systems were developed, Smell-O-Vision and AromaRama, and this became known as "The Battle of the Smellies". However, neither was successful. Smell-O-Vision was delivered by a device called the "smell brain" that was kept under the viewer's seat. However, some aromas came too late to match the images, other smells made viewers nauseous, and the delivery mechanism hissed loudly. AromaRama used the cinema's air conditioning system. One New York Times review from 1959 said: "when this viewer emerged from the theatre, he happily filled his lungs with that lovely fume-laden New York ozone. It never has smelled so good."
- The second smelliest man in the world is so frustrated because he has no sons. Kailash Singh, a cattle herder from India, stopped washing in 1974 because a priest told him he would have a son if he didn't bathe or cut his hair. Thus he hasn't bathed or showered in over 40 years, has six-foot long dreadlocks, has seven daughters and no sons. His family did once try to force him to bathe in the local river, but he fought them off and said he would rather die. Singh says he will was in the next life. The person believed to be the smelliest in the world is Amou Haji, who hasn't washed in 60 years and lives in a remote village in Southern Iran, eating mainly roadkill, especially porcupine, and smokes animal dung. If he needs a haircut, Haji burns his hair.
- The UK's stink pipes act as exhaust pipes for the sewers. They are tall, hollow, cast iron pipes, around 6-8 metres tall, and are designed to act as ventilation for the explosive sewer gas. Explosions have occurred in the River Fleet in 1846 in the Kings Cross area, which destroyed a Clarkenwell poorhouse. Sometimes the gas used to be burnt in order to provide light.
- XL: The thing whose social media little more than an odious pile of crap is the white rhino. A study by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa showed that as these rhinos have communal latrines they leave chemical clues, allowing you to tell the age, sex, general health and reproductive condition of other rhinos. Thus through poo rhinos can communicate with each other.
- The panel are given some oil and are asked what has been added to it. One thing that hasn't been added is truffles, because almost all truffle oil on sale doesn't contain truffles. Truffle oil is a mixture of olive oil and chemicals. They use methyl mercaptan, the main compound in bad breath and smelly feet, added with formaldehyde. (Forfeit: Truffles)
- You have the ability to sniff out crime. Prof. Matt Olsen of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden claims that people can tell a criminal by smell as well as sight. They showed clips of crimes being committed to people, while at the same time people smelled the body odour of the criminal. When they had a line-up, they could spot the criminal by smell alone 70% of the time, which is the same average as a visual line-up. Alaska, Florida and New York use scent line-ups with dogs.
- The full bikini wax was invented in the USA. It was invented by Jonice Padihla of J. Sisters salon in Manhattan in the 1990s. Playboy tried to patient it, so to avoid doing so Padihla claimed that it was popular in her home country of Brazil. The J. Sisters salon is directly opposite Trump Tower, so in the words of Sandi: "You can have a Brazilian and avoid being grabbed by the pussy at the same time." The wax was invented after other salons refused to wax around people's intimate areas. (Forfeit: Brazil)
- You shouldn't be worried about how you store your toothbrush. The idea that if you put your toothbrush in the same room as the toilet it may get covered in faecal matter is a myth, mainly because there are trace amounts of it all around the house, and so you should be fine. According to the American Dental Association: "There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects."
- An animal that can play possum is the opossum. Although we talk about "playing possum" when you "play dead", it is actually the opossum that does this, which is a different animal. Both are marsupials, but the possum lives in Australia and the opossum in the USA, and they don't have much in common. The similarity in name comes from Captain Cook's voyage to Australia, where the naturalist Joseph Banks mistook the local possums for opossums. (Forfeit: Possum)
Objectionable Object Prize
- Sally wins a bottle of the "Apocalypse" perfume.
- Friday 24th November 2017
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Sandi Toksvig||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Sam Robson-Rodriguez (as Cpl. Sam Robson-Rodriguez)||Self|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|Stevyn Colgan||Question Writer|
|John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE)||Series Producer|
|Kalpna Patel-Knight||Executive Producer|
|Justin Pollard||Associate Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|
|Mike Sutcliffe||Lighting Designer|
|Andrew Hunter Murray||Researcher|
|Alice Campbell Davis||Researcher|