Series F, Episode 7 - Fingers And Fumbs
- XL: "F***ing Forfeits - A 10 point penalty is given to any member of the panel who says "F***". However, after each use of the word, the panel play "Scissors, paper, stone" with Stephen. If they win, the penalty is halved. If Stephen wins, the penalty is doubled. If it is a tie, the penalty stays the same.
- "Fargling" is an American word for the game "Scissors, paper, stone". The best move to open with when fargling, according to New Scientist, is scissors. This is because out of the three, stone is the one that comes to mind first. As a result, you will want to play paper to beat it. However, if your opponent is likely to play paper, then you can bet them with scissors.
- The panel conduct an experiment using pencils. Dara and Phill take their pencils and bite them between their teeth, while Jo and Alan hold theirs between their lips. Stephen then asks them (with their pencils still in their mouths) which of the following words are funniest: "Quack" or "Moo". The answer is "Quack", because saying the letter "K" makes you smile. This was proved in an experiment which involved people putting pencils in people's mouths to make them smile. This phenomenon is called "Facial feedback".
- It was proven by a man at Salford University that a duck's quack echoes. He did this by putting a duck in a reverberation chamber. (Forfeit: It doesn't echo)
- The ideal way to kiss a Frenchman depends on what region of France you are in. Two kisses are normal in central and southern France and four in northern France. However, in Corsica it can be as many as five kisses. In Belgium and the Netherlands, three kisses is the usual amount.
- XL: You can tell a lot about a footballer from the size of his fingers, and for that matter, any other person. The ratio between the lengths between ring and index fingers (2d:4d) has been the subject of study by Dr John Manning of the University of Liverpool for 35 years. It is mainly to do with the levels of testosterone and oestrogen. He claims that it reveals details concerning infertility, autism, dyslexia, migraine, stammering, immune dysfunction, myocardial infraction, breast cancer, and perceived dominance and masculinity (but not attractiveness) including things such as psychopathic tendencies and the ability to play football.
- A thorny devil drinks from his feet... and every other part of his body. Thorny devils drink from their feet when standing in a puddle. A type of Australian lizard, not only does it drink from its skin, but also from grooves and capillaries in it which go all the way to the corners of their mouths.
- You cannot really tell whether Alan, or for that matter anyone, was a criminal just by looking at them. There was a science called phrenology which is now discredited, in which people believed they could tell a person's personality from bumps on their head. Another similar "science" was physiognomy, which did a similar thing but instead with facial features. They were both however considered much respected sciences in the 19th century. Physiognomy was invented by Aristotle. According to him Alan would have been "dull of apprehension, soon to angry and given to lying and mischief... you are hard-hearted, envious, close and cunning, addicted to cruelty more than love." Dara is, "bold, malicious, high spirited, full of choler, apt to transgress beyond bounds, and yet with very good wit and very apprehensive." Phill is, "simple, vain, luxurious, lustful, credulous, clownish in his speech and conversation... a peaceful disposition... vain, credulous, a great supplanter of and secret in all your actions." Jo is, "proud, deceitful, detracting, venerous and full of envy."
- The Thatcher effect is a phenomenon which makes it hard for people to recognise something is the wrong way up on a face when it is presented upside-down. This is demonstrated by presenting two upside-down pictures of Margaret Thatcher, one of which has her eyes and mouth facing the wrong way. This is shown again on two pictures of Alan. The Thatcher effect was discovered by Peter Thompson of the University of York.
- The panel are shown three different objects which appear to have faces on them. One is a face of the Madonna on Mars, second is Marlene Dietrich of the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast, and the third is Jesus on an ultrasound scan.
- XL: The eyebrows in the Mona Lisa have been worn away after years of restoration. When da Vinci painted it, there was a full set of eyebrows and eyelashes. Vasari, the great art critic of the time said that these features were brilliant. You can still see the eyebrows, but only in a x-ray. Marcel Duchamp painted a version of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and beard called "L.H.O.O.Q." When pronounced in French it is, "Elle a chaud au cul", meaning, "She has heat in the ass". 90% of all the people who visit the Louvre go straight to the Mona Lisa, look at it for three minutes or less and then leave. The University of Amsterdam used emotion recognition software to study the Mona Lisa's smile. They claim she is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, 2% angry, less than 1% neutral and less than 0.25% surprised. (Forfeit: They were shaved off on her hen night)
- XL: David used 200 foreskins in order to get married. King Saul was worried that David would take over his throne, so he would only allowed him to marry his daughter, Princess Michael, if you could collect 100 Gentile Philistine foreskins. David collected 200 and so could marry. David did take over as King. (Forfeit: He made a catapult out of them)
- XL: You will find the world's largest organ is in the Luray caves in Virginia, made of stalactites and is played with felted hammers. Created by Leland W. Sprinke, it is the world's largest musicial instrument. It could be argued that it more akin to a xylophone, but "Xylos" is the Greek for wood. (Forfeit: A blue whale)
- You cannot tell much about a man from the size of his feet. Most people wear the wrong size shoes. The size of your hands is in proportion to the size of your feet. It is also claimed that the size of your feet is the same as the point of your elbow to the lower half of your arm, up to the hand. In the UK, foot size is measured in barleycorns, which are a third of an inch long. Stephen and Dara both have size 13 feet. (Forfeit: The size of his shoes; The size of his penis)
- You have no muscles in your fingers - just tendons. The muscles in your hands and forearms control your fingers. You can prove this by pressing all your fingers down on a hard surface in a spider-like formation, then tuck you middle finger in. You can lift all your fingers except your ring finger, because they are controlled by the same tendon. Correction: It can be argued that there are in fact thousands of muscles in each finger, if you include the tiny muscles that cause your hairs to stand up, or your blood vessels to contract. (Forfeit: 1)
- It is easier to frown than smile. You use only 11 muscles to frown, compared to 12 when smiling. Alan pulls a big grin and claims he is using 23 muscles. He then gives the middle finger sign and says he is still using 23.
- Phill Jupitus: -24 points
- Jo Brand: -26 points
- Dara O'Briain: -28 points
- Alan Davies: -42 points
The "F***ing forfeits" are believed to have been omitted from the main Friday broadcast because of worries that they were not suitable for a 9pm broadcast. For the correction, see the QI Quibble Blog
- Friday 6th February 2009
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Dara O Briain||Guest|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Justin Pollard||Question Writer|
|James Harkin||Question Writer|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Writer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|