|62518. Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:16 am
Now a completely different kind of question which requires no intelligence or general knowledge at all. Alan.
STEPHEN HANDS OUT LITTLE VIALS OF SCENT. THEY COULD BE UNMARKED BOTTLES OR THEY COULD BE IN THE ORIGINAL BRANDED PACKAGING.
THEY SHOULD INCLUDE AT LEAST SOME OF THE FOLLOWING:
‘Gucci Rush 2’, ‘Eternity’ by Calvin Klein, ‘First’ by Van Cleef & Arpels, ‘Narcisse’ and ‘Sun Moon Stars’ by Lagerfeld, ‘Diva’ by Ungaro, ‘Blue Grass Perfume’ by Elizabeth Arden. ‘DKNY’ by Donna Karan, ‘Boucheron Pour Femme’ and ‘Chanel No. 19’
What have all of these got in common?
THEY ALL SMELL
They're all at least partly made from daffodils.
Narcissi fragrance is highly complex and is composed of over a hundred different natural chemicals.
Many perfumes make use of daffodils, including: ‘Gucci Rush 2’, ‘Eternity’ by Calvin Klein, ‘First’ by Van Cleef & Arpels, ‘Narcisse’ and ‘Sun Moon Stars’ by Lagerfeld, ‘Diva’ by Ungaro, ‘Blue Grass Perfume’ by Elizabeth Arden. ‘DKNY’ by Donna Karan, ‘Boucheron Pour Femme’ and ‘Chanel No. 19’
Yellow tazetta narcissi "Soleil d'Or" and white "Ziva" have the strongest scent.
Strangely enough, daffodils are members of the Lily family, which also includes garlic.
SPARE DAFFODIL FACTOIDS
There are about 26,000 varieties of daffodil.
Daffodils are members of the Lily family which also includes asphodels (from which the word daffodil is derived, though nobody knows how the initial 'd' got there); also red-hot-pokers, wild tulips, fritillaries, the Star-of-Bethlehem, bluebells, snowdrops, lily-of-the-valleys and wild asparagus.
Medieval Arabs used daffodil juice as a cure for baldness.
A single daffodil is considered a symbol of bad luck in Wales and Devon.
You should always bring a pot (or bunch) of them.
Prince Charles, as Duke of Cornwall, is paid an annual rent of one daffodil by the Isles of Scilly Environmental Trust. This makes a refreshing change, many Scilly Island rents have traditionally been payable in puffins.
The single-daffodil rent, incidentally, is purely in respect of any uncultivated land and the uninhabited off-islands. The Duchy of Cornwall subtracts normal commercial rents from farmers and tenants.
Britain exports daffodils to Holland.
(Narcissi are mainly cultivated in Great Britain (particularly the Channel Isles and the Isles of Scilly) as well as in Holland itself).
[NB: I suppose this could be a general 'D' question, rather than General Ignorance, phrased as "What do the perfumes Diva by Ungaro and DKNY by Donna Karan have in common?"]
Something generally romantic perhaps?
I know Jack Handy gags haven't had much success in the programme, but I like 'em. Here's one that might suit the end of a show with a Narcissus theme
Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.