Series G, Episode 15 - Green
The "i" in the middle of the QI set is covered in solar panels. Instead of using the usual electric buzzers, the panel use woodland whistles, except Alan who is given a duck quacker.
- Frankenstein was coloured white. People often get confused between Dr. Frankenstein and Frankenstein's monster when they say the name. (Forfeit: Green)
- Frankenstein's monster, Adam, was coloured yellow, in the original book by Mary Shelley. She wrote: "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath. His hair was of a lustrous black and flowing, his teeth of a pearly whiteness." (Forfeit: Green)
- The best place in the UK to mine for gold is inside a mobile phone. From a tonne of mineable ore you get 5 grams of gold. A tonne of mobile phones will give 150 grams of gold, 100 kilograms of copper and 3 kilograms of silver. 1.5 million mobile phones are thrown away each year. The Japanese, where there are little natural resources, have corned the market in eco-recycling, which include getting gold from mobile phones and from sewage plants.
- Four generations of the same family sold people the time. From 1836 up to 1940, the Belville family, most famously Ruth Belville, sold the time by going up to the Greenwich clock, the only timepiece which accurately kept Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), set their watch by it every week, and would then sell people a look at their watch so that other could set their watches accurately. Businessmen had a subscription to the business.
- At the South Pole it is every time, because all the time zones converge there. For people working there, the default time used is GMT.
- According to the Vegetarian Society, people who are called "vegetarians" are called this because the word comes from the Latin word "vegetus" meaning "whole, sound, fresh or lively". (Forfeit: They only eat vegetables)
- The panel are asked to name some famous vegetarians. The only person they name is Adolf Hitler, who was not a vegetarian. (Forfeit: Hitler)
- XL: The word "vegan" comes from the beginning and the end of the word "vegetarian". It was coined by woodwork teacher Donald Watson in 1944. Vegans do not any meat or anything that comes from an animal like eggs, milk or cheese. Famous vegans include actress Pamela Anderson, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and political and gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
- A cow magnet is fed to cows so that if a cow eats anything which is made of metal and could harm them, it gets attracted by the magnet and is dissolved by stomach acids safely.
- XL: The main thing achieved by the Green Revolution was that it saved a billion people from starvation, especially in India. Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 by growing a particular type of wheat in what was dubbed the "Green Revolution" which could yield more food and was hardier. Borlaug is believed that he saved more lives than any other human being. On the downside it has damaged biodiversity and relies on pesticides.
- XL: If you received an alien message from outer space, the first thing to do is to check it is real, according to the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Secondly, you should contact other countries who have signed up to SETI's decollation on these matters and your national authority. Thirdly, you tell other astronomers about the discovery online. Fourthly, the discoverer can announce the message to the media. SETI also has reply protocols. The first step is that no-one should reply without checking with everyone else first. The United Nations should decide finally if we should reply and the reply should be on behalf of all humanity, not just one nation, corporation or group. The message should be published before transmission and an institution should be put in place to manage the conversation as replies might take a long time to come.
- Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act was good for the Scottish tourist industry because the Act did not apply to Scotland. As a result people would go across the border to Gretna Green in Scotland where the act did not apply and get married there. Before the Act came into force in 1753, who did not need permission to marry someone. All you needed to do was satisfy three rules: you were not married already, you were above the minimum age required (14 for boys, 12 for girls), and you could not be brother and sister. You did not even need witnesses. The Hardwicke Act came in to help legal disputes concerning marriages, but it did not apply in Scotland. Gretna Green was the first place in Scotland on the main road to Edinburgh. People could get married anywhere. Some got married in blacksmiths and these became known as "anvil weddings". Thousands were performed. To this day, 5,000 weddings still happen in Gretna Green. Correction: The act did not come into legal force until 1754. There were also many other laws regarding marriages before the act came into force.
- The panel listen to a snippet of "Colonel Bogey's March" and are asked why Colonel Bogey went one over par in 1925. The answer is the British did it to conform to the American way of scoring golf. Originally, Bogey meant "par". The way you set par was to imagine you were playing perfect player, who got an exact score without dropping any shots, and the player was called Mr. Bogey. In the United States Golf Club changed the name to Colonel Bogey, so it still meant par. However, American courses were newer and when they played in Britain they thought the British courses were easier, so they made a British score so Bogey became one over par. Eventually, the British changed their scoring so now Bogey is one over par.
- If you are on a tropical beach with a screwdriver and a rusty nail, and a huge cloud of male mosquitoes descend on you, they are after the orange in the screwdriver, which is a type of cocktail. Only female mosquitoes suck blood, which they use to fertilise their eggs. Female mosquitoes are attracted to moisture, lactic acid, carbon dioxide, body heat and movement.
- Wind turbines can kill bats. They drop the air pressure around them so that if the bats are nearby the capillaries in their lungs burst. (Forfeit: Kill birds)
For correction, see the QI Qibble Blog
- Friday 26th March 2010
- 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|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|David Morley (as Dave Morley)||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|