Series D, Episode 9 - Doves
- This is one of two "General" shows in Series D, covering a wide range of different topics beginning with "D". The other is "Dictionaries".
- Pigeons are the bravest species of animal. They have won more Dickin medals (the animal version of the Victoria Cross) than any other creature, winning 32 out of 60 since their creation in 1943.
- A "Kamikaze" pigeon unit was designed to destroy ships. Pigeons were trained to peck at ships. Every time they did so the pigeon was given grain. The pigeon would then be put into a missile with a glass target. It would have a relay signal that would get bigger the closer the pigeon got to the ship. The weapon was not used in combat, although a new idea was developed using an orange dot instead of a boat in order to help people stranded at sea.
- The function of the most influential piece of modern art, as voted for by the Turner Prize committee, is to piss in it, because it is a urinal. The piece is called "Fountain" by Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp signed it "R. Mutt", the "R" standing for "Richard" which is French slang for "Moneybags". People have urinated in it as an expression of support and as an expression of opposition of it. One man was fined $6,500 for doing so. Fountain is valued at $3.6million. Duchamp was a member of the Dada movement.
- "What did the dik-dik do that the dodo didn't?" - Hide. It is probably one of the reasons that the dodo became extinct.
- According to Moby Dick, the most useful purpose for a sperm whale's penis is to turn the skin of it into an apron. A sperm whale's penis is 9 feet long and 1 foot in diameter. Like badgers, they have a bone in their penis.
- Swift Nick Nevison, a gentlemen highwayman who never hurt his victims, rode from London to York in 15 hours. He managed to avoid arrest by playing bowls with the Mayor of York, betting him on the outcome of the match and was able to use him as an alibi. (Forfeit: Dick Turpin)
- The crimes committed by Burke and Hare were murders. (Forfeit: Body snatching)
- The kind of hair that an underground fluffer deals with is that which has blown onto railway lines in the London Underground. They clean the rails.
- "E pluribus unum" is the motto of S.L. Benfica. It means, "Out of many, one". Benfica's most famous player was Eusebio, whose statue is outside the ground. He was born in Mozambique.
- The earliest use of "E pluribus unum" comes from a recipe for a salad dressing. Note: This was a bonus question for 50 points. However, Stephen gave away the answer before giving the question. He was told to give the question anyway, which Alan answered correctly, thus got the bonus.
- Friday 17th November 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|