Series C, Episode 3 - Common Knowledge
- A 'Genius Question': one of the questions is so difficult, that 100 points will be given if anyone gives the correct answer.
- The commonest bird in the world is the domesticated chicken.
- The inventor of the decimal point encouraged his servants to stroke his cock so that he could trap a thief. John Napier, who also invented logarithms and supposedly the machine gun, kept a jet-black cockerel as his pet. He had some thefts and he was almost certain it was one of his servants, so he told his servants to go into a darkened room, stroke his cockerel and it would tell which one had stolen it. What he did not tell them was that he had covered his cock in soot. So the ones who were innocent stroked the cockerel and had dirty hands. The thief avoided stroking it and so had clean hands.
- There is no difference between a "Chevin" and a "Chavender", as they are both names for the same type of carp. Carps are a kind of chub, which is were the word "Chubby" comes from. (Forfeit: A chav called Kevin; A chav in Eastenders)
- The fingerprints of a koala are very similar to those of a human. Marsupials, like the koala, are not mammals. Correction: Marsupials are mammals.
- The study of fingerprints is "Dermatoglyphics". Dermatoglyphics and "Uncopyrightable" are the longest words in English to contain no repeated letters.
- Genius question: The commonest metal in the human body is calcium. (Forfeit: Iron; Mercury)
- The "first" Prime Minister was Henry Campbell-Bannerman. Prior to this, all other PM's were referred to as "The First Lord of the Treasury". The term "Prime Minister" was originally used as an insult. (Forfeit: Walpole; Pitt the Elder)
- Another name for the common cormorant is the seacrow. (Forfeit: Shag)
- The Queen has several cardigans, such as Cardigan Bay, but her corgis are Pembroke corgis, not Cardigans.
- The House of Lords smells faintly of urine because tweed is made using stale urine.
- Mr. Chicken lived at 10 Downing Street. He was the last private resident of 10 Downing Street before it became the home for Prime Ministers (or rather First Lords of the Treasury). (Forfeit: Kentucky)
- Most historians agree that cannibalism has been practiced by humans, particularly as part of tribal customs. However, such tribes never boiled humans in large metal pots or cauldrons, because they would not have had the technology.
- Cannibalism was widespread in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, because almost every apothecary sold "Mummy powder", which was made using mummies.
This episode was interrupted by a streaker. The streaker can be seen in the deleted scenes from the Series C DVD.
For the correction, see QI Qibble Blog.
- Friday 7th October 2005
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Piers Fletcher||Question Writer|
|Mark Freeland||Executive Producer|
|Sally Debonnaire||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|