Series D, Episode 2 - Discoveries
- Each panellist is presented with a picture of a U.S. Patent Office application, and has to guess what it is.
- On average, in particular in the USA, it rains more often on Saturdays because of industrial activities over the week causing a seven day dust cycle.
- The connection between gelignite, saccharin and the rings around Uranus is that they were all serendipitous/accidental inventions and discoveries. Other examples include caffeine, silly putty, Viagra, Post-It notes, penicillin and the Americas.
- Charles Darwin suffered from Chagas disease. (Forfeit: I did)
- Darwin did not describe brown owls, or at least the taste of it, saying it was "indescribable". He was a member of the "glutton society" at Cambridge, which ate all kinds of unusual animals, but none of them liked brown owls. Darwin was a poor student. He could not spell or do arithmetic. The only subject his father thought was good for him was divinity. All the other students became bishops or arch-deacons.
- The quite interesting thing about the sentence, "Serrated nor'wester sea-breezes caress rambling sea-lion kumquat excursion," was that all these words were introduced into English by William Dampier. Dampier was the first Englishman to set foot on Australia and invented wind maps. His book A New Voyage Around the World was carried by sailors for 100 years. His adventures inspired the books Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels. Dampier was not liked by many because he was a privateer.
- Jules Leotard invented both the leotard (although he called it a "Maillot") and the flying trapeze.
- Kangaroos do not fart, because of a kind of bacteria found in their gut. Scientists plan to isolate the bacteria and give it to cows to stop them farting and putting methane into the atmosphere.
- Queen Victoria was said to have been highly amused by a musical bustle that played "God Save the Queen" whenever she sat down. (Forfeit: We are not amused)
- The "Twit Twoo" sound is made by two brown owls. The female goes "Twit" and the male goes "Twoo". (Forfeit: Brown owl - One owl cannot make both noises)
- Fernville Lord Digby worked in the nude because he was a dog used to advertise Dulux paint. However, the adverts have increased sales of the dog species more than the paint. Old English sheepdogs are now often called Dulux dogs.
- Friday 29th September 2006
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Piers Fletcher||Question Writer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|