Series G, Episode 2 - Ganimals
- You can use a goose for the following:
- The reason why giraffes have such short necks is so that they can drink water. In relation to their long legs, giraffes have short necks. Giraffes do not have to splay out like deer when they drink, so they are not as vulnerable and unbalanced.
- The reason why giraffes have such long necks is not entirely known. There are several theories. One is so that they can see out for things far away. People used to think giraffes were solitary animals, but it turns out the herd are very widespread because they can see each other over such long distances. The other theory is that males use their necks to fight, and there is footage of giraffes fighting with their necks. They can kill each other with one swipe of their neck. Giraffes do not eat from the tops of trees - they bend their necks down and eat from the lower branches. (Forfeit: To reach tree tops) Correction: In Series K it was revealed that zoologists no longer believe in the hypothesis that the neck evolved for the purposes of fighting.
- The commonest cause of death for mountain goats is falling off mountains. Although they are sure-footed, mountain goats kill each other by fighting. During the fight the goats fall off the mountain. They fight about every three or four hours.
- Seagulls helped us during World War One by perching on submarine periscopes and so that ships could see where they were. They were trained by putting food on periscopes so that the seagulls got used to finding food on them. Also, the British tried to train seagulls to defecate on them so that the Germans could not see out, but the seagulls could not tell the difference between British and German submarines. Seagulls are actually land birds and only go out to shore a short distance. Also, the correct ornithological term for a seagull is just "Gull".
- The panel are shown a picture of a camel sticking out its palate, known as the palatinus diverticulus or "glua", out of its mouth. It is trying to attract a female. Bigger gulas are caused by more testosterone. They also make a blib-blib noise to attract the female. In Saudi Arabia, the glua is often cut out so that they breathe better for camel racing. They also import camels from Australia for food, and Australian sand for building.
- Goldfish do not hit the side of their bowls because they sense the pressure. Sharks have neuromasts to detect electricity, called the ampules of Lorenzini.
- XL: Gerbils let us down in the War on Terror because although they can smell terror they cannot detect terrorists. Gerbils can smell terror in adrenalin so people thought of having a cubical that people walked through which had a fan that blew your smell towards a gerbil in a cage. The gerbil would then press a button to show that the suspect was frightened. It did not work.
- There are no insects in the sea because there are no flowering plants and no trees. There are however sea spiders.
- XL: The people who stopped flying the Jolly Roger in 2003 were British navy submariners. When submarines were first used by the navy generals thought they were an unfair way of fighting. The crews played up to their roguish roles and flew Jolly Roger flags in a pirate-like way after successful missions. It was stopped because it was feared that the crews were glorifying war. Also the navy wanted to make subs more secret so they stopped flying the flags.
- The people who goose-stepped their way across Europe in the 1940s were the Soviets. The Germans stopped goose-stepping (known as "stechschritt") in the 1930s because it fell out of fashion and it is hard to do. Countries which currently goose-step are North Korea, Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Chile and Iran. (Forfeit: Geese, The Nazis)
- John Hodgman: Score not given
- Sandi Toksvig: -3 points
- Alan Davies: -4 points
- Bill Bailey and Sean Lock: -7 points
This is the first episode to feature five panellists instead of the usual four.
- Thursday 3rd December 2009
- 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|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|David Morley (as Dave Morley)||Executive Producer|