Series D, Episode 12 - Domesticity
- Dry cleaning is not dry, because it uses chemical solvents such as perc. It is called 'dry cleaning' because no water is used.
- Ray Davis Jr. (not to be confused with Ray Davies from The Kinks) used 100,000 gallons of dry cleaning fluid in 1964 in order to help his research in neutrinos, particles emitted from the Sun which have no mass and can pass through light-year's thickness of lead in an instant, without leaving a trace. The liquid leftover is still in Leadville, South Dakota, because it is hazardous waste. Davis is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest ever Nobel Prize winner, aged 88. Correction: In 1998, it was shown that neutrinos do have mass, albeit a very, very small mass.
- The first vacuum cleaner was horse-drawn. People could not afford an individual one, so it was hiring service. See-through tubes were used so people could watch the dirt being sucked inside the cleaner and be amazed at the sight of it.
- The guests are asked to complete the following sentence using the correct adverb; "The first practical dishwasher was invented to clean dishes more... safely." It was invented by Josephine Cochrane, who wanted to find a way to clean dishes without them being chipped. It cost $250 to make, a lot of money in the 1880s. However, it could clean and dry 200 dishes in 2 minutes and won first prize at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. (Forfeit: Quickly; Cleanly - double forfeit).
- Up to the year 1800, the second greatest cause of death for women was cooking, mainly because their dresses would catch fire. Childbirth was the greatest cause of death. (Forfeit: Domestic violence)
- Some hand household tips:
- Pea soup and baked bean juice are drinks made from beans. (Forfeit: Coffee - made from seeds.)
- "Have you ever slid down a banister?" No - Banisters are the supports. The handrail is called the "Balustrade". (Forfeit: Yes)
- William Wordsworth did not smell anything, because he had no sense of smell. (Forfeit: Daffodils) Note: The correct answer was worth 200 points, but no-one got it right.
For details of the correction, see the QI Qibble Blog
- Friday 8th December 2006
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Jessica Hynes (as Jessica Stevenson)||Guest|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Piers Fletcher||Question Writer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|