The first episode of QI went out last Friday on BBC1 and by the end of the weekend our mailbox was brimming with comments, queries and quibbles. Before the new episode airs this evening, it might be a good time to point out some of our mistakes.
Towards the beginning of the show, we talked about the Reuleaux triangle; a shape that can be used to drill a square hole. Our definition of "drilling" was questioned, but we stand by that assertion; however there is one point that we must clarify. Stephen mentioned that the Reuleaux Triangle can be found in the wankel engine: in actual fact the shape in that engine is a close approximation, and not an exact Reuleaux; we were aware of the difference, but decided to use a little comedic-licence in order to mention the wankel. Hopefully any engineers out there weren't too put-out!
Secondly, we mentioned the story of Wolverhampton Wanderers injecting their players with extract of monkey testicles. Firstly, the picture that we showed was a chimp, not a monkey... we really should've known better... and secondly, we recieved the following from Steve Gordos (former sports editor of the Wolverhampton Express & Star):
"In tonight's episode Stephen referred to the Wolverhamnpton Wanderers manager Major Frank Buckley saying that he isisted his players be injected with monkey "glands" and that as a result centre-forward Dennis Westcott scored 38 goals in 35 games. Westcott did indeed score 38 goals in 35 games in the 1946-7 season but Buckley had resigned as manager in 1944. The manager in 1946-7 was Ted Vizard. The furore about monkeyt extracts being injected into Wolves players was in 1938 when Buckley was indeed manager."
Thanks for the clarification, Steve.
Finally, in the XL version, we suggested that Blackbeard may have used an "X" to sign his name as he was probably illiterate. In fact, he wasn't. As a master's mate he was required to undertake the complicated business of navigation and so must've had a certain amount of education. It is thanks to Edward Fox (who quotes research by Marcus Rediker) that we can take back this slight to Blackbeard's good (!) name.
As the series goes on, we're bound to make the odd error - especially due to amount of information that goes into each and every show. We will continue to update this blog as best we can with your quibbles, so please, if you see anything that doesn't seem quite right, get in touch by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our talkboards at qi.com/talk