Series F - Fire And Freezing
- The panel are dressed in winter clothing.
- The buzzers have a fire theme. Alan's buzzer features Sir Alan Sugar insulting him and telling him he was fired.
- In Native American smoke signals, one puff usually meant "Hello" and two puffs usually meant "All's well". However, the meaning of signals did differ from place to place.
- Communicating with paper fans came about in the 19th century in France. A booklet was made of signals that users could make to each other - this was probably designed to increase fan sales. To swing the fan around means, "I love another", and closing the fan slowly means, "I promise to marry you". Fans were invented in China, and were brought into Europe via Italy by Marco Polo.
- Nothing has happened to the fireman's pole. There are many stories printed in the newspapers about poles being removed for health and safety reasons, but it is completely wrong. The main reason why there are fewer poles nowadays is because most modern fire stations are built with just one floor, so no pole is needed. The longest fireman's pole in Europe is in Birmingham, measuring 40 feet long. (Forfeit: Health and Safety Gone Mad)
- The worst thing you can do if you are a fire-eater is to inhale, as this causes 'Fire-eaters lung'. Fire-eating is as bad as it looks and it causes terrible damage to the mouth. It is more akin to fire spitting than eating because the mouth is filled with lighter fluid (which is toxic) and then spat into the fire.
- During the Second World War, there was a plan to make an aircraft carrier from substance made from ice and sawdust, called 'Pykrete'. Pykrete is stronger than steel and does not melt. Lord Mountbatten convinced Winston Churchill to make a pykrete aircraft carrier after he threw some in Churchill's bath and showed him that it did not melt in his bath water. The proposed ship would have had guns on it that fired super-cooled water to immobilise the enemy, and could be repaired using seawater. However, the ship was never made because of the D-Day landings.
- The original 12 Days of Christmas, does not contain the most famous line associated with it. A man called Frederic Austin changed the line "Five gold rings" to the version we know now, and the line is still copyrighted today, so whenever it is played you owe Novello and Co money. (Forfeit: Five Goooold Rings)
- When you blow out a candle, there is a drop in temperature that causes the fire to go out. Fire needs three things to work: oxygen, heat and fuel. Trick candles use a wick that is made out of a material which burns at a low temperature, this is the reason they are hard to blow out.
- Yes or no: "You know how sometimes it can be too cold to snow?" The answer is no. While it is true that you need some moisture in the air to snow and that there is less moisture when it is very cold, snow has been recorded at -41 and even -50 degrees Celsius. The only temperature where it is too cold to snow is absolute zero, where nothing happens at all. (Forfeit: Yes)
- Clive Anderson: 8 points
- Alan Davies: -6 points
- Rob Brydon: -8 points
- Dom Joly: -16 points
This is the first episode of QI to be shown originally on BBC One.
- Monday 22nd December 2008
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Justin Pollard||Question Writer|
|James Harkin||Question Writer|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Writer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|