Series P, Episode 3 - Piecemeal
- As the general theme is being politically correct and not causing offense, there are bonus points for politeness, and if someone gets a bonus, they all do, so everyone's a winner.
- You can tell if a police constable is cut out for the job by using cardboard cut-outs of police officers to see if they deter crime. In 2013, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police put two cut-outs in bike-rack cages in Alewife Station, which resulted in thefts falling by two-thirds. Thames Valley Police rotate two cut-outs between shops in Oxford, Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot. The Police Federation are against the use of cut-outs because they believe it is a way for bosses to avoiding paying salaries and pensions to actual officers.
- The people who wear the trousers in a pantisocracy are everyone. It means "power by all". It was set up by romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey in 1794 when they were 21-year-old students, and they planned to set up what we would today consider to be a hippie colony in the USA. Problems quickly arose because Southey assumed that servants (i.e. women) would do the actual work. The plans were then scaled back so they would instead go to Wales, and then the plan was scrapped altogether.
- The panel are asked to name a Greek word with a silent "p". The answer is they can't because while there is no silent "p" in Greek, but there is in English. The Greek letter Ψ that in English is pronounced "psi" is in Greek pronounced more like the "ps" in "lasp". (Forfeit: Pterodactyl; Psalm; Philosophy; Philip)
- Pie-eating competitions have been made more political correct with some rule changes. The World Pie-Eating Championships, have been held in Harry's Bar, Wigan, since 1992. Originally the rules were to eat as many pies as they could in three minutes, but in 2006 the rules were changed to reflect changing attitudes towards diet, so the rules now are that you have to eat one pie the fastest. Also, a vegetarian category was added after "relentless pressure" from the Vegetarian Society. Organiser Tony Callaghan said that while these changes may be controversial, it was the way forward. Dave Smith, the first winner of the contest back in 1992 complained that they had taken things too far and that any pie wasn't meat and potato it just wasn't normal. Callaghan also complained that people eating less pies may have been responsible for the last recession. In 2007, twenty pies that had been prepared for the competition were all eaten in a single sitting by a rescue dog called Charlie. His owner Dave Williams was distracted when Charlie ate the pies, but as a result of this he entered Charlie in the competiton. However, Charlie was full from the previous day and only ate half his pie.
- The politically correct procedure for eating a piece of pizza depends on who you ask. Some say you should fold the pizza to avoid spilling grease.
- Nobody knows where the phrase "towing the line" comes from. Gyles has previously and wrongly stated that it came from the House of Commons, where there are two red lines in the carpet that divide the government and opposition benches, you have to keep your toes behind the line, and that the gap between them is the length of two outstretched swords. However, the problem with this story is that the modern day chamber dates back only to 1950, and all older paintings of the House of Commons show no red lines on the floor at all. The best suggestion for the phrase's origin currently known is getting a group of people's toes on a line to get them organised for starting something like a race or parade. Another possible suggestion for the phrase is from prize-fighting, which refers to the "scratch", a line in the middle of the boxing ring where the two fighters stood in order to start the fight. This line is where we get the phrase "up to scratch". (Forfeit: It comes from Parliament)
- To be "drawn" as in "hung, drawn and quartered" was to be drawn through the streets to the site of your execution. The phrase is actually the wrong way around, as you were drawn first and then hung. According to the OED, "to draw" means, "to drag a criminal by a horse's tail or hurdle or the like to a place of execution." (Forfeit: Being disembowelled)
- Captain Nemo's submarine was called "Nautilus", but it only dived four metric leagues or 16km underwater. The 20,000 leagues in the title of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea refers to the distance travelled in the Nautilus, not to the depth it went to. 20,000 metric leagues is equal to 80,000km, and the diameter of the Earth is only 12,742km, meaning that 20,000 leagues is six times the total diameter of the planet. While the Nautilus dived down to 16km, the deepest part of the ocean, the Hadal zone, is only 11km. More people have been to the Moon (12) than the Hadal zone (3). The underwater pressure there is 6 tonnes per square inch, which is akin to 100 elephants standing on your head. (Forfeit: 20,000 leagues)
No points are given and everyone instead is a winner on the following grounds.
- Monday 24th September 2018
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Sandi Toksvig||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|James Harkin||Script Editor|
|John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE)||Series Producer|
|Kalpna Patel-Knight||Executive Producer|
|Sarah Clay||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|