Series D - Death
- The set is 'in mourning', with everyone dressed in black, a coffin in the middle of the set, and the forfeits on the screens written in green as apposed to white.
- The Black Death was originally spread by marmots.
- British doctors treat depression more than any illness. (Forfeit: Cancer; Flu)
- The saddest song in history is "Gloomy Sunday" sung by Billie Holiday - a.k.a. the "Hungarian Suicide Song". Written by Rezso Seress, he suggested to his girlfriend that they should get married after he finished writing it. The next day, she poisoned herself leaving a suicide note reading "Gloomy Sunday", which is where the title comes from. Several suicides are attributed to the song. The BBC banned the song until 2002. (Correct answer given by the audience)
- Killer Mushroom Roulette - the panel are presented with four different mushrooms, and try and guess which is safe to eat. Out of the death cap, the peppery milk cap, the destroying angel and the trumpet of death, the trumpet of death is the safe one.
- The only things that live in the Dead Sea (the lowest place on Earth) are extremophiles.
- Lemmings do not commit suicide by throwing themselves off cliffs. This is a myth that first appears in a children's encyclopaedia in 1908. (Forfeit: Myth invented by Disney) Correction from Series A - Episode 1.
- There is no curse of Tutankhamen. (Forfeit: Death to all who enter here)
- Only five people died in the Great Fire of London. They were the maid of the baker who started the fire, a shoe-lathe and watchmaker, an old man who tried to rescue some blankets from St. Paul's but died of the smoke, and two men who tried to rescue their goods from their houses. The Mayor of London, Thomas Bloodworth, went to bed on the first night saying, "A woman might piss it out."
- "Ring a Ring O'Roses" dates to 1881 in North America. (Forfeit: The Plague)
- Edward de Bono, the inventor of lateral thinking, suggested sending Marmite in order to solve the Middle-East conflict. The claimed that a lot of unleavened bread was eaten there. In unleavened bread there is a shortage of zinc. A lack of zinc caused aggression, but Marmite contains lots of zinc. He suggested this idea to the Foreign Office.
For info on the correction, see the QI Quibble Blog.
- Friday 20th October 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|