Poor Andy Hamilton!
It seems he was correct about the Statue of Liberty. It originally operated as a lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. In fact, it was the first lighthouse to use electricity.
An elf replies...
Andy is without doubt one of our most knowledgeable guests, and I think we owe him an apology in this case. You're quite right that the Statue of Liberty operated as a lighthouse for some time at the end of the 19th century.
As you look at the set, taking Stephen as the central point, the elves are sat in a little booth, just off set, to the left (Stephen's right). We all have laptops (and on special occasions a glass of wine) and are listening to everything that is being said - checking on the go, as it were.
The most common facts that need to be checked are those given by the guests themselves, as there is a reasonable chance that we have not come across them in the course of our research: as soon as Andy mentioned this, we began to beaver away on Google (other search engines are available), to see if he was correct.
When we find the answer we have a couple of options; we could talk in Stephen's earpiece or place a message on a screen in his desk (you'll notice that it's the one he uses to check the scores), and did so in this occasion. Whether we were a little late for Stephen to mention it, or whether we mentioned that Andy was right and it was lost in the edit, I can't remember, but sadly it never saw the light of day. So sorry Andy, hopefully this blog is apology enough to keep your reputation as one of QI's most erudite panelistas intact.
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