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657337.  Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:19 pm Reply with quote

Add to that the revelation of Rodney Bewes - brilliant stuff.

658166.  Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:50 am Reply with quote

My favourite bit without doubt was the set of questions on Latin names for animals ending with Puffinus Puffinus. It was the perfect bluff (can't work out whether it counts as double or triple). All those easy ones were absolutely wonderful as the set up and the suspiciousness of the panelists made it even better.

What made it even more fun was that my family could see it coming as we once rescued a Manx Shearwater that had been blown all the way to Worcester. We called it Puffinus Puffinus, fed it anchovies till it got its strength back. It stank.

671496.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:11 pm Reply with quote

What episode was the one where Rich Hall got up and Laid down (i think thats happened)

671503.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:29 pm Reply with quote

It was the one with Gyles Brandreth wasn't it? Where Gyles seemed to know everybody the questions were about personally.

'A' Series Episode 5 (link to part 1)

And just to add a little something, not only did Queen Victoria smoke, she smoked cannabis.

Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis for this reason by her physician J.R. Reynolds. Yet there is nothing mentioned in 20th century medical literature.

"When pure and administered carefully, it is one of the most valuable medicines we possess." (J.R. Reynolds, "On the Therapeutical Uses and Toxic Effects of Cannabis Indica," Lancet 1 (1890): 637-38.)

Volume 1 of Lancet I note, quite interesting.

Ian Dunn
671592.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:28 pm Reply with quote

The Queen Victoria/Cannabis thing came up on Strictly Come Duncing. Victoria did take cannabis, but she drank it rather than smoked it.

671602.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:48 pm Reply with quote


What a silly old queen considering she was a smoker anyway. Come to think of it how did she do that? THC is basicaly fat soluble though you could get it to dissolve in alcohol to some extent I imagine. In fact this was a plan we once had to recreate the Pan-Galactic-Gargle-Blaster; cannabis (quantity uncertain at time of writing) equilibrated in 350ml* spectroscopic alcohol (say about a week with regular shaking), strain (or filter), add ice (usually), flavour with anything you like, shake, pour. We never got around to it ultimately but the bet was it would live up to the maxim

Never drink more than two Pan-Galactic-Gargle-Blasters unless you are a forty ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia.

The article below suggests you extract thc with hexane but I don't think it would make a very good drink!

* this is half a bottle of 98% alcohol, for a more pleasant drinking experience you might consider sipping slowly, having a really big glass or even, for the conventionally faint of heart, subdividing the PGGB base into approx 50ml measures. The cannabis won't kill you but the alcohol might.

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671607.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:54 pm Reply with quote

i dare say if she made grass tea and added plenty of milk and probably a dash of whisky it would have worked...



671650.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:35 pm Reply with quote

According to The Book of Lists (the first one, the grey one), Queen Victoria took her marijuana in the form of mariani wine.

Although this is where I get confused. Mariani wine may sound as if it's something to do with marijuana, but in fact it gets its name because it was invented by an Italian named Angelo Mariani. It contained no marijuana, and consisted of a cheap red Bordeaux (i.e. claret) with cocaine in it.

The Lists people seem not to have known that, so who knows what Queen Victoria actually drank. As for Signor Mariani's product, it inspired an American named John Pemberton to create a similar product which he made in Atlanta GA under the name Pemberton's French Wine Coca. When Atlanta County went dry in 1885, he reinvented his drink without the alcohol - and thus created Coca Cola.

Do we have any evidence for Queen Victoria having been a tobacco smoker? I'd always understood that she wasn't very keen on the vice, to the extent that when Edward VII succeeded her he had to tell his guests that they might smoke.

671839.  Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:12 am Reply with quote

Other than its appearance on the episode of QI in question? The claim was that she smoked to keep the midges away when in the highlands but by far the majority of references I've found on actually looking it up say that she hated tobacco as a rule but would always be happy if Albert filled her pipe with a good rough shag (to plagiarise Blackadder Goes Forth).

I did find this dated 1998 ('A' Series first broadcast 2003) but what was the source for this?

Although Queen Victoria was spotted personally attempting to smoke the midges out of Scotland, she forbade her children to indulge. When his mother eventually passed to her reward, the Prince of Wales, after decades of exhaling up palace chimneys, became history's most enthusiastic smoker. His rival for the honour was Oscar Wilde, whose cigarette was "my 11th finger".

Do we know if John Brown was a smoker? One imagines so if this is anything to go by (2006).

Bars in the Highlands used to be a wonderful refuge, not just for relaxing after a long hike on the hills, but also to escape from that bane of summer in some parts of the country - the midge. The little biting insect swarms in warm, damp conditions, but all that cigarette smoke in bars used to drive them away - the strong aroma confuses them. Queen Victoria is famously reported to have taken up smoking when at Balmoral in the summer. But now that there is a ban on smoking in all public buildings in the country, the little blighters are swarming into bars and restaurants. A number of bar owners have already invested in "anti-midge" machines that fake the carbon dioxide breathed out by animals (including humans) to lure them (in their thousands) into a trap.

Does this one loom over the horizon for the Retractions Special?

671861.  Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:35 am Reply with quote

Yes, that would suggest that he did. I've found one other reference which states that not only did John Brown smoke, but he was the only person permitted to do it in Victoria's presence. But it comes from a website called Scotland in Argentina: Cultura & Tradición en Escocia y Argentina which may not be definitive.

And actually, I don't know if there can be a definitive answer. The mores of the time were such that ladies did not smoke in public, only in the privacy of their own homes, and any courtier who had seen her smoking would have been in no doubt that he wasn't to tell anyone.

The present Queen isn't very keen on smoking either. She has never been a smoker, and is supposed to have told Prince Philip to quite the habit before they married (which he is said to have done). Since her father was a heavy smoker, a thing which was undoubtedly contributory to his death at the age of 56, this is perhaps unsurprising. (Which said, the late Princess Margaret was a life long smoker, and the Queen Mother was an occasional one. Must be why she died so young ...)

None of the Queen's children seems to be a smoker, although most of her grandchildren seem to be.

671879.  Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:08 am Reply with quote

could it be a misunderstanding regarding a remark made by the Prince of Wales (not the current one, Victoria's son) regarding Victoria's constant castigation for his smoking.

He apparently remarked to a friend that "when H.M. left off her weeds, he would leave of his".

Here clearly the "weeds" in question are her "Widows Weeds" rather than weed aka marijuana, and in the princes case, tobacco, "the wicked weed".


764277.  Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:55 am Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:
Ohh, can I add the one with the angry cat picture as well?

767540.  Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:00 am Reply with quote

some of my favourite QI moments. only from season 1-4, that's as far as I've got :P We don't get QI in Norway, so I have to watch it online:)

Phil Jupitus talking with a Geordie accent

Talk about beer goggles and Madeira pince-nez

Stephens tailor

Phil Jupitus responds to Stephens brief answer to his question
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Picture of an angry cat

The bonobo ape

The town in France called Bitch

Stephens exquisite tailor boys

795862.  Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:27 pm Reply with quote

I've re-watched several shows this weekend and I have to say that it is hard to choose one. The two the best moments that never get old are:

1) "They say at the Acropolis where the Parthenon is..."
(No matter how many times I see it I cry with laughter)
2) The show in B series where Alan 'takes over'.

There are many other magnificent moments--it's hard to choose a favorite.

795955.  Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:48 am Reply with quote

Did you not see the bird dancing to Shalamar? That makes me laugh just thinking about it...


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