Series C, Episode 8 - Corby
- Each panellist is shown what their names mean in Chinese:
- There are no inventions beginning with "C" that come from Corby. The town's main claim to fame is that it is the largest town in Europe not to have a railway station. (Forfeit: Trouser press - Invented by John Corby)
- The connection between Corby and a large bowl of porridge found on Mars is that there is a crater on Mars called "Corby". NASA became obsessed with Corby when telling the Apollo 11 crew about the World Porridge Eating Championship that took place there. Craters on Mars are named after towns with a population less than 100,000 people. The craters beginning with "C" include Cádiz, Cairns, Canberra, Charleston and Crewe.
- Some houses in China are built using stone stolen from the Great Wall of China. There is only 20% of the Wall left. (Forfeit: Bamboo)
- Thomas Crapper invented the ballcock. (Forfeit: The Flush Toilet - Invented by the Chinese)
- Chinese inventions also include the abacus, acupuncture, chess, the decimal system, drilling for oil, the fishing reel, flamethrowers, fireworks, the helicopter, the horse collar, iron ploughs, lacquer, the mechanical clock, the hot air balloon, negative numbers, the parachute, printmaking, relief maps, the rudder, the seismograph, the stirrup, the suspension bridge, toilet paper, the umbrella, the water pump and whiskey. Non-Chinese inventions include the rickshaw, chop suey and fortune cookies, which are all American.
- The Dalmatian who discovered China was Marco Polo.
- The Croatians invented something that no businessman would be without - the tie. (Forfeit: Corby trouser press)
- Coffee tights are tights with caffeine in them.
- The panel have to identity a picture of the statue of the Angel of Christian Charity. The statue was erected in honour of Lord Shaftsbury, and bares its shaft up Shaftsbury Avenue. It was the first statue to be made out of aluminium. (Forfeit: Eros) Correction: The statue is actually of Anteros, the Greek god of requited love. The statue was baring its shaft towards Lord Shaftsbury's home.
- The origin of the name "America" comes from Welshman Richard Amerike. (Forfeit: Amerigo Vespucci)
- The first president of America was Peyton Randolph, the first President of the Continental Congress. The second was John Hancock, whose signature is the largest on the Declaration of Independence, hence why a "John Hancock" is a nickname for a signature. (Forfeit: George Washington - first President of an independent United States.)
- Correction: At the end of the show Stephen tells a story of a man who went into one of the largest bookshops in Manchester, asking for a "Globe of Salford". It was believed at the time that there was no such thing, but it was later revealed in the Series G QI Annual that they do. "Globes of Salford" are old bottles with a globe logo on them made by Groves and Whitnall of Salford, considered to be collectibles.
- Alfred the Great moved London 1,000 yards to the right.
- Friday 11th November 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|