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731850.  Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:44 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
tetsabb wrote:
Has anyone mentioned Incarceration yet?
There could be digressions on famous people who have been banged up.

Stephen Fry ...

Suze, as I'm quite certain you're aware of the pondside difference in that expression's meaning, I almost wonder whether you aren't being slyly naughty. :)


731887.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:50 am Reply with quote

I seem to recall that while His Fryness has certainly been banged up in the sense suze meant, he's never actually had it done in the way you mean, despite admitting to batting for the other side, unless I'm misxing him up with someone else.

731982.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:04 pm Reply with quote

Quite right, CB.

On this occasion, I was being strictly British and noting Mr Fry as a candidate for inclusion in a list of persons who have spent time in jail.

731989.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:18 pm Reply with quote

I can't find an I connection for this, except maybe irresistible, as it made me giggle a bit today.

Tennyson wrote a poem that included the lines:

Tennyson wrote:
Every minute dies a man
Every minute one is born.

However, Charles Babbage felt impelled to write to him and say:
Charles Babbage wrote:

I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows:

Every minute dies a man,
And one and a sixteenth is born

I may add that the exact figures are 1.167, but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre.

731994.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:32 pm Reply with quote

As covered by QI in the D Series "Differences" show, Jenny.

The thematic connection used in that case was, of course, the Difference Engine. If it had been available for the I Series, I should think "Inventors" would have done the trick.

731995.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:37 pm Reply with quote

Ha! I'd forgotten we'd used that. Memory of a goldfish...

731999.  Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:56 pm Reply with quote

The myth of the goldfish's poor memory was another thing we covered ...

732024.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:18 am Reply with quote

Ouch, two for two :)

732056.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:52 am Reply with quote

<retires, with dignity, before embarrassing herself further>

732096.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:10 pm Reply with quote

Of course [trying to rescue Jenny's poise and decorum] Tennyson and Babbage have singularly failed to consider the rate of female births.

Spud McLaren
732104.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:01 pm Reply with quote

How could they have singularly failed when there are two of them?


732124.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:06 pm Reply with quote

'cos they didn't fail together?

Or just "'cos"!!!

Spud McLaren
732141.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:59 pm Reply with quote

The lettuce?

732154.  Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:18 pm Reply with quote

Nah the island.

Spud McLaren
746582.  Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:31 am Reply with quote

Iron Curtain
Many people think that this phrase was coined by Winston Churchill in a speech on 16 Aug 1945; however, Josef Goebbels was known to have used it extensively in 1943.

The Irgun Zvai Leumi
- is QI in many respects. Its one-time leader Menachem Begin met with quite some astonishment when, as Israli PM, he shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat.


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