No Such Thing as a Fish

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No Such Thing as a Fish
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Presentation
Hosted by James Harkin
Andrew Hunter Murray
Anna Ptaszynski
Dan Schreiber
Genre Comedy
Created by The QI Elves
Updates Weekly, every Friday
Publication
Debut 8 March 2014
Website QI website

No Such Thing as a Fish is a weekly British podcast series produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI. In it each of the researchers, collectively known as "The QI Elves", present their favourite fact that they have come across that week. The most regular presenters of the podcast are James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber, although other QI researchers also make appearances, and there are guest presenters in some episodes.

Since the launch of the podcast it has attracted 600,000 subscribers.[1] In 2014 No Such Thing as a Fish was named by Apple as the "Best New Podcast" that year.[2] In 2015 it won the "Internet Award" in the Chortle Awards.[3]

Title[edit]

The title for No Such Thing as a Fish comes from a fact in the QI TV series. In the third episode of eighth series, also known as "Series H", an episode on the theme of "Hoaxes" reported that after a lifetime studying fish the biologist Stephen Jay Gould concluded that there was no such thing as a fish. He reasoned that while there are many sea creatures, most of them are not closely related to each other. For example, a salmon is more closely related to a camel than it is to a hagfish.[4] The opening of each episode of the podcast used to feature a recording of the elves mentioning this fact, which appears in the first paragraph of the Oxford Dictionary of Underwater Life.[5][6]

Format[edit]

In each episode each presenter takes it in turn to present their favourite fact that they have come across that week.[7] They discuss the information surrounding that fact, and the other presenters add in extra facts and information connecting to it.

Production[edit]

In an interview with ThreeWeeks, Schreiber said the podcast, "came about because too many facts in the QI office kept going to waste. Like the time Chief Elf James Harkin looked up from his computer and said: 'You know there are currently over 600 guys in the world with two dicks'. We decided to gather round a microphone once a week and share our favourite facts we'd found that week."[8] Murray told The Independent: "We almost released it by mistake. We uploaded it and only mentioned it on our own personal social media accounts. We thought it was good, but the reaction has been lovely. It seems like there's a real appetite for more podcasts like this. There is a feeling of resurgence of the whole medium."[9]

Episodes are normally recorded at the QI offices in Covent Garden, although there have been live recordings in other locations. The theme tune used is the song "Wasps" by Emperor Yes, whose lead singer Ash Gardner has also appeared as a guest on the podcast.[10]

List of episodes[edit]

# Title Presenters Original airdate
1 "Pilot"[11] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 8 March 2014

The Large Hadron Collider was turned off for a short period of time because a piece of baguette was found in the machinery. (Harkin)

For the last month of his life, James A. Garfield ate everything through his anus. (Ptaszynski)

In 2013, six people in the United States named their child "Mushroom". (Harkin)

The person who found Richard III of England's bones, Philippa Langley, was not an archeologist, but a screenwriter. (Schreiber)
2 "No Such Thing As Death By Acne"[12] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 14 March 2014

The first ever sandwich that we know about contained wine. (Ptaszynski)

In 2003, three people in Mexico were officially listed as having died of acne. (Harkin)

Amongst the other scientists called Einstein there is M.E. Einstein who came up with a formula for predicting the composition of a pork carcass, and Rosemary Einstein who co-investigated the use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco on 300 young persons at her university. (Schreiber)

The first contact lenses cost as much as a car. (Murray)
3 "No Such Thing As The Middle Ages"[13] Harkin, Ptaszynski, Schreiber, Alex Edelman and Greg Jenner 21 March 2014

The earliest known dentistry is 9,000 years old. (Jenner)

According to the phantom time hypothesis, the Middle Ages never happened. (Schreiber)

The most indispensable sea creature in the United States is the horseshoe crab, due to its blood being used for medical purposes. (Edelman)

28 women were known to have slept in the same bedroom as Elizabeth I of England. (Harkin)
4 "No Such Thing As The Mountains of Kong"[14] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 28 March 2014

30 million Chinese people live in caves. (Schreiber)

There is a banker in Latvia who will lend you money using your immortal soul as security. (Harkin)

For 100 years, almost all maps of Africa contained a mountain range that did not exist, called the Mountains of Kong. (Ptaszynski)

Male Pennsylvania grass spiders are more likely to approach a female for sex if she has recently killed and eaten another male. (Murray)
5 "No Such Thing As A Kiss"[15] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 4 April 2014

Rats, namely Josephoartigasia monesi, were once the size of hippos. (Ptaszynski)

During his 27-year reign, Pope John Paul II took over 100 skiing vacations. (Schreiber)

100 years ago a quarter of the residents of New York City would move house on every single 1 May, at exactly 9 am. (Harkin)

Nobody knows why we kiss. (Murray)
6 "No Such Thing As One Direction in North Korea"[16] Harkin, Murray, Molly Oldfield and Marc Abrahams 11 April 2014

Some plastic surgeons operated on a Belgian man to make him look more like Michael Jackson. (Abrahams)

The largest Viking ship ever discovered was found when renovating the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum (Oldfield)

The tobacco hornworm uses extremely bad halitosis to protect itself. (Murray)

During this podcast you could have fallen asleep up to five times and not have known about it. (Harkin)
7 "No Such Thing As The Loch Ness Monster"[17] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 18 April 2014

A computer game has been invented that takes more than a lifetime to complete. (Harkin)

2013 was the first year since 1933 where there has been no sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. (Schreiber)

The French government forced Madame Tussaud to make models of her friends' decapitated heads. (Ptaszynski)

During the Normandy landings the Allied Forces dropped dogs by parachute onto the battlefield. (Murray)
8 "No Such Thing As A Swear Word on the Moon"[18] Harkin, Ptaszynski, Schreiber and Alex Bell 25 April 2014

One of the last things that NASA had to do before launching space shuttles was to detach their inflatable owls that were used to scare woodpeckers. (Bell)

The music used on the You Wouldn't Steal a Car anti-piracy advert was stolen by the people who made the advert. (Schreiber)

According to the government website of the Czech Republic there are three symbols of Easter in the country: Easter eggs, the Easter lamb and whipping. (Harkin)

At Earl's Court tube station, in 1911, a one-legged man named "Bumper Harris" was hired to ride the escalator. (Ptaszynski)
9 "No Such Thing As A Word For 'Silent Fart'"[19] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 2 May 2014

It was fashionable in New York City at the end of 19th century for women to wear live lizards as brooches. (Harkin)

Codebreaker Alan Turing lost his buried treasure when he could not crack his own code. (Schreiber)

In 2011, the largest sperm bank in the world stopped accepting sperm from redheads. (Ptaszynski)

The English language has more words borrowed from the Hawaiian language than it does from the Welsh language. (Murray)
10 "No Such Thing As A Soggy Monk"[20] Harkin, Murray, Schreiber, Anne Miller and Eric Lampaert 9 May 2014

In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race, despite dying of a heart attack while riding his horse. (Lampaert)

Some Buddhist monks run marathons to achieve enlightenment. (Schreiber)

The Slovakian and Slovenian embassies in Washington D.C. meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail. (Harkin)

In the 18th century there were medicines called "Alan's Nipple Liniment", "Grimstone's Eye Snuff", "Miller's Worm Plums" and "Italian Bosom Friend". (Murray)
11 "No Such Thing As A Doorknob in Vancouver"[21] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 16 May 2014

The words "Tory" and "Prime Minister" both started out as insults. (Murray)

In a 2005 questionnaire about substance abuse, almost one in five people taking part admitted to taking a drug that did not exist called derbisol. (Ptaszynski)

Sea otters have a secret pocket in their armpit where they like to keep their favourite stones. (Schreiber)

In Vancouver it is illegal to put a doorknob on the front door of a house as it is harder for people to open if they suffer from arthritis. (Harkin)
12 "No Such Thing As A 164 Foot Tall Gorilla-Whale"[22] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 23 May 2014

If the 2014 version of Godzilla really existed, it would produce 12.9 million gallons of urine a day. (Harkin)

The real Long John SilverWilliam Ernest Henley, was the father of the real Wendy DarlingMargaret Henley. (Ptaszynski)

The tin foil hat worn by conspiracy theorists to stop the government sending messages into their brains actually has the opposite effect. It amplifies the signal. (Schreiber)

Geese sometimes fly upside-down to lose height quickly when they come into land. (Murray)
13 "No Such Thing As A Funny Nazi"[23] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, Schreiber and Lieven Scheire 30 May 2014

During World War II, the Nazi Party employed two official Nazi comedians called Tran and Helle. (Scheire)

The Philippine Basketball Association, the second oldest such association in the world, has ten teams in total, including the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, the San Miguel Beermen, and the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. (Schreiber)

If you get a zebrafish drunk, and put that zebrafish in a tank full of sober zebrafish, the sober ones will follow the drunk one around. (Ptaszynski)

The youngest woolly mammoths are older than the oldest Egyptian pharaohs. (Murray)
14 "No Such Thing As A Dirty Pair of Jeans"[24] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, Schreiber and Freddy Soames 7 June 2014

The CEO of Levi's, Chip Bergh, hasn't washed his jeans in more than a year. (Harkin)

During the first successful transatlantic flight, by Alcock and Brown, the pilots got lost in midair, entered some cloud and fog, and when they got out of the cloud and fog, they found they were just 60 feet above the water, and flying at a 90° angle. (Schreiber)

In 2007, a woman called Evan Lattimer inherited Napolean Bonaparte's penis from her father. (Ptaszynski)

To say "I don't care about something", a German has the option of saying: "das ist mir Wurst". This translates into English as: "It's sausage to me". (Murray)
15 "No Such Thing As A Bulge in Ken's Groin"[25] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 28 June 2014

The Aztecs wore necklaces made out of popcorn. (Harkin)

In 2011, China tried to pass-off a scene from the film Top Gun as footage from its own air force. (Ptaszynski)

In 2003, somebody misplaced the masterkeys to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, thus meaning they had to replace the locks, at a cost of $1,000,700. (Schreiber)

The children's toy doll Ken is officially an accessory to Barbie. (Murray)
16 "No Such Thing As A Ghost in Poland"[26] Alex Bell, Harkin, Anne Miller, Ptaszynski, Schreiber 5 July 2014

The World Record for the most kicks to one's own head is 127 in a minute. (Harkin)

There is a bear in the Pyrenees which is facing castration because he has fathered nearly all the other bears in the area. (Miller)

Poland's only official ghosthunter thinks that ghosts have given up on haunting humans. (Schreiber)

Nuclear fallout from the Cold War is being used to solve murders. (Ptaszynski)
17 "No Such Thing As A Bassoon in a Football Stadium[fn 1]"[27] Harkin, John Lloyd, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 11 July 2014

The first known football chant was composed by Edward Elgar. (Ptaszynski)

Eric Cantona was raised in a cave. (Schreiber)

In the first World Cup final, Uruguay and Argentina could not agree on the size of the ball to use, so they used Argentina's small ball in the first half and Uruguay's big ball in the second. After half time Argentina were 2–1 up, but by the end Uruguay won 4–2. (Harkin)

FIFA has more members than the United Nations. (Lloyd)
18 "No Such Thing As A Kilt on the Battlefield"[28] Harkin, Ptaszynski, Schreiber and Richard Turner 18 July 2014

When Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon and said "That's one small step for man", he was wearing ladies underwear. (Turner)

In 1963, Muhammad Ali released a stand-up comedy album. (Schreiber)

In 1325, in Italy, a war was declared and 2,000 people were killed because of a stolen bucket. (Ptaszynski)

There is a group of chimpanzees in Zambia who wear a blade of grass in their left ear as a fashion statement. (Harkin)
19 "No Such Thing As Unicorn Stew"[29] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 25 July 2014

A kangaroo's tail is used as a leg, so they have either three or five legs. (Harkin)

During the financial crisis of 1720, known as the South Sea Bubble, the Houses of Parliament called for stockbrokers to be sewn into sacks filled with poisonous snakes and thrown into the River Thames. (Ptaszynski)

There are three times as many estate agents in the UK as there are members of the British Armed Forces. (Murray)

Medieval manuscripts are littered with drawings of warfare between snails and knights. No-one knows why. (Schreiber)
20 "No Such Thing As A Dangerous Daffodil"[30] Harkin, Anne Miller, Murray and Schreiber 1 August 2014

The most painful place on the human body to be stung by a bee is the nostril. (Harkin)

For breakfast, Walt Disney ate fresh doughnuts dunked in Scotch whisky. (Schreiber)

The French word for arsenic used to be "poudre de succession" or "inheritance powder", because it was used in so many murders. (Miller)

Shouting at drivers improves their driving. (Murray)
21 "No Such Thing As A Testicle-Retracting Sumo Wrestler"[31] Alex Bell, Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 8 August 2014

"Made in Germany" product labels were originally invented to put people off buying the product. (Ptaszynski)

In 1991, Prof. Alexander Abian of Iowa State University proposed that we could solve virtually every problem of human existence by blowing up the Moon. (Schreiber)

In New York City, until 1925, drivers going east or west stopped at an amber traffic lights and drove on green, while drivers going north or south drove on an amber light and stopped on green. (Harkin)

There are companies which lasso icebergs to stop them hitting oil rigs. (Murray)
22 "No Such Thing As A Magic Camel Filter"[32] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 15 August 2014

In 1903, a man called W. Reginald Bray posted himself. (Harkin)

The world's oldest ham has just celebrated its 112th birthday. (Schreiber)

Orangutans like playing with iPads, but gorillas do not. (Ptaszynski)

In the 1888 edition of Encyclopædia Britannica the entry for Wales reads: "See England". (Murray)
23 "No Such Thing As A Yawning Psychopath"[33] Alex Bell, Harkin, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 22 August 2014

Alexander the Great banned beards in battle to combat beard-pulling. (Ptaszynski)

Psychopaths do not experience contagious yawning as often as non-psychopaths. (Schreiber)

The Big Bang was quieter than a Motörhead concert. (Harkin)

Pixar accidentally deleted Toy Story 2 while they were half-way through making it. (Bell)
24 "No Such Thing As A Malicious Robot"[34] Alex Bell, Harkin, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 29 August 2014

When he was bored Calvin Coolidge used to ring a bell to summon his bodyguards and then hide from them under the Oval Office desk. (Bell)

Until 2011 the Sun was only in theory a sphere, but it has since been confirmed that it is actually a sphere. (Schreiber)

There are some bird's nests that contain over 100 rooms and are so heavy they cause trees to fall down. (Ptaszynski)

The worst baseball team in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles, has replaced its supporters with robots. (Harkin)
25 "No Such Thing As A Randy Rat in Polyester Pants"[35] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 5 September 2014

Rats that wear polyester trousers cannot get erections. (Ptaszynski)

During World War I entertainments for the troops included organised pillow fights, wheelbarrow races and wrestling on the backs of mules. (Murray)

The atmosphere of Venus is so hot that if you took a pizza out of a freezer there it would cook in three seconds. (Harkin)

In Iceland there is a phone app that tells you if you are related to the person who you are (contemplating) having sex with. (Schreiber)
26 "No Such Thing As A Yeti Fact"[36] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, Simon Rich and Schreiber 13 September 2014

Koko the gorilla, who knows sign language, has owned and cared for three pet cats during her lifetime. (Rich)

According to yeti experts it is easier to escape from a female yeti than a male yeti, because females have such long dangling breasts, so before they can chase a human they need to chuck them over their shoulders, otherwise they might trip over them. (Schreiber)

The Kama Sutra suggests 64 arts to practice alongside sex including solving word puzzles and teaching birds how to talk. (Harkin)

There are more than 15 trillion tonnes of water above the Earth at any given moment. (Murray)
27 "No Such Thing As An Egg and Cress Portsmouth"[37] Murray, Ptaszynski, Schreiber, Helen Zaltzman 19 September 2014

LOL originally meant "Little Old Lady". It was a medical definition. Others included "LOLINAD", meaning "Little Old Lady in No Apparent Distress", and "LOLFDGB", meaning "Little Old Lady Fall Down Go Boom" (Zaltzman).

According to researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University listening to Billy Connolly can substantially increase your pain tolerance. (Schreiber)

The first woman to cycle around the world, Annie "Londonderry" Cohen Kopchovsky learnt to ride only the day before she set off. (Ptaszynski)

When California ground squirrels are attacked by rattlesnakes they increase their blood pressure so much that their tails give off more infrared radiation and makes them look bigger. (Murray)
28 "No Such Thing As A Man-Eating Clam"[38] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 26 September 2014

Over 100 people used to watch Louis XIV of France getting dressed every morning. (Murray)

There is an original Picasso that no-one will ever see because it was eaten by his dog. (Harkin)

During World War II the US Navy diving manual contained detailed instructions for what to do if you were eaten by a giant clam. (Schreiber)

A "hundred" used to be 120. (Ptaszynski)
29 "No Such Thing As Terrestrial Sweetcorn"[39] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 3 October 2014

The head of the International Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, believes chess was brought to Earth by aliens. (Harkin)

The Greenland shark is so slow it needs all of its food to be asleep in order to eat it. It can only swim at 1mph, so if the prey moves it will outrun the shark. (Schreiber)

In 19th century America you could be committed to an mental asylum for reading a novel. (Ptaszynski)

The yakuza has its own website that has a theme tune designed to attract new members. (Murray)
30 "No Such Thing As A Song in the Sound of Music[fn 2]"[40] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 10 October 2014

The first BBC radio presenter with a northern accent, Wilfred Pickles, was given the job to make it more difficult for the Nazis to impersonate news readers. (Harkin)

In China, if you want to empty a building of people, or indeed if you want to end anything, play the song "Going Home" by Kenny G. (Schreiber)

The two leading paleontologists of the 19th century, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, used to destroy their fossil sites after excuvating them so that their rival couldn't find anything about the site. (Ptaszynski)

In the Fulah language, a computer crash is a known as a "hookii", which means: "a cow falling over but not dying". (Murray)
31 "No Such Thing As A Snake in My Pie"[41] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 17 October 2014

In the 17th century there was a prophet called Dorothy Harling who would cure you of your sins by urinating on the offending body part. (Harkin)

Despite the fact that homosexuality is illegal in South Sudan a woman can have a female husband and a child can have a female father. (Ptaszynski)

Tommy Flowers, the designer of the Colossus computer, discovered that the way to prevent the valves from blowing up was not turning it off and on again. (Schreiber)

Botanists in Kew Gardens checked a £1.29 bag of supermarket mushrooms and found three species of mushroom previously unknown to science. (Murray)
32 "No Such Thing As A Good Gift For Gordon Brown[fn 3]"[10] Harkin, Ash Gardner, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 24 October 2014

In 1060 BC, the entire Egyptian city of Pi-Ramesses was moved 20 kilometres to the north because part of the River Nile dried up. (Gardner)

In 1864 a friend of Charles Dickens had a flatpack Swiss chalet sent to his home as a Christmas present. (Ptaszynski)

Neuroscientists can tell if you are a musician simply by looking at your brain. (Harkin)

Jack L. Warner, head of Warner Bros., spotted that from the air his studios looked identical to a nearby aircraft factory, so on the roof he painted an arrow and the words "Lockheed: That Way". (Schreiber)
33 "No Such Thing As A Clairvoyant Chicken[fn 4]"[42] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 31 October 2014

Until the year 635 AD Halloween was celebrated on 12 May. (Murray)

Witches used broomsticks to put hallucinogenic drugs up their bottoms. (Schreiber)

The woman who played the voice of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist only agreed to play the part on the condition that she had two priests in her sound booth at all times, could be constantly drinking whisky, chain-smoking cigarettes and eating raw eggs. (Ptaszynski)

The secret of youth is drinking the blood of the young, if you happen to be a mouse. (Harkin)
34 "No Such Thing As A Giant German Sandcastle"[43] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 7 November 2014

Comets stink of rotten eggs, cat urine and bitter almonds. (Harkin)

Ranulph Fiennes used to suffer from such bad vertigo that he used to have to get his wife to climb ladders to clear the gutters. (Murray)

A Ryanair crew member hired today could not possibly be the same height as a crew member from the first Ryanair flight. Today crew members have to be at least 5'2", but when it started you had to be less than 5'2". (Ptaszynski)

According to his website Steven Segal is the only private US citizen to have paid someone to destroy a nuclear device. (Schreiber)
35 "No Such Thing As A Good Sloth Onesie[fn 5]"[44] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 15 November 2014

Viking names included "desirous of beer", "squat-wiggle", "lust-hostage", "short penis", "able to fill a bay with fish by magic" and "the man without trousers". (Harkin)

You Only Live Once is Katie Price's fourth autobiography. (Schreiber)

William Morton, the father of anaesthesia, first experimented on himself but kept falling asleep before he could describe the results. (Ptaszynski)

Chessington World of Adventures has banned animal-print onesies to stop the animals there getting confused. (Murray)
36 "No Such Thing As A Game of King's Footsie"[45] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 21 November 2014

If you got into an argument in 18th century Abyssinia you could resolve it by, "blaming everything on the camel". (Ptaszynski)

In Ancient Greece they used to play with yo-yos. (Schreiber)

Most honey bee hives in the USA live on flatbed trucks. (Murray)

The Sacramento Police Department get at least one phone call a week from people stuck in the world's largest corn maze. (Harkin)
37 "No Such Thing As The Kevin Olympics"[46] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 28 November 2014

In 1874 there was a plan to transport dead bodies from all over Europe to Mount Vesuvius and throw them in. (Ptaszynski)

In 2010 an abandoned waste-water treatment plant in Baltimore was found to be home to an estimated 107,000,000 spiders. (Harkin)

According to Vatican City's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, the greatest pop album of all time is Revolver by The Beatles. (Schreiber)

For the first fifty years the Ancient Olympic Games the only event was the 200 metres (or to be precise, 192 metres). (Murray)
38 "No Such Thing As A Super Mario Love Hotel[fn 6]"[47] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, Lieven Scheire and Schreiber 6 December 2014

Ant nests can become infested by ants. (Scheire)

In Cambodia a teenage girl's parents might build her a "love hut" where her parents encourage her to sleep with as many boys as she wants until she finds the one that she likes. (Ptaszynski)

The longest canyon in the world is 50% longer than the Grand Canyon and it was not discovered until August 2013. It is buried under 1.9 miles of ice in Greenland. (Murray)

In 2008 the University of Bath invented a 3D printer that could print a copy of itself. Within three minutes that copy had copied itself to make a third copy and today nobody knows how many of these printers exist in the world. (Harkin)
39 "No Such Thing As A Rocking Chair In Space[fn 7]"[48] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, and Schreiber 12 December 2014

The San Francisco Fire Department's ladders are made from wood. (Harkin)

Astronauts do not snore. (Schreiber)

In March 1876 it rained mutton-tasting meat in Kentucky. (Ptaszynski)

The Victorians invented a coat which doubled-up as a boat. (Murray)
40 "No Such Thing As Captain Trousers"[49] Anne Miller, Murray, Ptaszynski, and Schreiber 19 December 2014

In 18th century France tooth-pullers were entertainers who would perform in front of live audiences. (Murray)

In World War I the Romanian army issued an order that only officers above the rank of major had the right to wear eye shadow in battle. (Ptaszynski)

The most borrowed children's author in British libraries, Daisy Meadows, doesn't exist. (Miller)

It would cost $850 quadrillion to build the Death Star. (Schreiber)
41 "No Such Thing As Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer[fn 8]"[50] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, and Schreiber 24 December 2014

Before going on stage to read A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens had a warm-up routine of drinking a pint of champagne. (Schreiber)

Crap Christmas jumpers date back to the Romans. (Harkin)

Male turkeys blush when they see female turkeys. (Ptaszynski)

The composer of the song "Jingle Bells", James Pierpont, also wrote a song called "We Conquer or Die". (Murray)
Special "No Such Thing As Unbroadcastable Material[fn 9]"[51] Alex Bell, Harkin, Anne Miller, Murray, Ptaszynski, and Schreiber 31 December 2014
This is a special "Worst Of" episode, consisting of clips removed from the original podcasts.
42 "No Such Thing As A Bloober Reel"[52] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski, and Schreiber 9 January 2015

Franz Kafka once convinced his entire family that Einstein's theory of relativity was going to cure his tuberculosis. (Ptaszynski)

Dead geckos still stick to walls after they die. (Murray)

The active ingredient in the first ever homeopathy treatment was the blood of Thomas Becket. (Harkin)

In 2013 a group of people attempted to crowdfund London's first UFO museum. They needed $1,000,000 but after 30 days they only raised $370. (Schreiber)
43 "No Such Thing As A Human Cigarette"[53] Alex Bell, Harkin, Murray and Ptaszynski 16 January 2015

Cows have friends and they get sad when they are separated. (Bell)

It is illegal to take a selfie with a tiger in New York City. (Harkin)

Morgue refrigerators in Turkey are equipped with motion sensors, alarms and handles that open them from the inside in case anyone wakes up inside. (Ptaszynski)

When he was a baby Henry VIII of England had two official cradle rockers who were paid £3 a year each to rock his cradle. (Murray)
44 "No Such Thing As A Vegan Fryup"[54] Harkin, Anne Miller, Murray and Ptaszynski 23 January 2015

Between 800-1349 the Colosseum was used as an apartment block. (Ptaszynski)

You can be fined for swearing in Australia. In the last financial year people in Northern Territory were fined A$48,372 in total. (Harkin)

When the first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid in 1858 the reception on it was so bad that it took 17 hours to send the first message across. (Murray)

In 2014, to celebrate World Vegan Day, PETA asked the town of Fryup, North Yorkshire, to change its name to "Vegan Fryup" for a day. The locals refused. (Miller)
45 "No Such Thing As A Travelator in Ancient Rome"[55] Harkin, Greg Jenner, Murray and Ptaszynski 30 January 2015

In 1960s America one bus route that was only 35 miles long went through seven different time zones due to the way daylight saving time was adopted across the country. (Jenner)

If a predator gets too close to a limpet then the limpet will lift up its shell and stamp on the predator's foot. (Murray)

After landing on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin worked in a car dealership where he failed to sell a single car. (Ptaszynski)

The Cathars get their name from being cathartic and pure, but during the Middle Ages some people thought they got their name from the belief that they liked to kiss a cat's arse. (Harkin)
46 "No Such Thing As An Apostle Called Scrotum"[56] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 6 February 2015

There have been three Top 50 songs in the British charts that have been sung exclusively in Latin: "Gaudete" by Steeleye Span; "Choral in Latin" from Evita; and "Pie Jesu" from Requiem, sung by Charlotte Church. (Murray)

The way to recognise the Buddha is to look out for his webbed feet, his tongue that can reach his ears, and withdrawn genitalia. (Ptaszynski)

The whoopee cushion was invented by the Roman Emperor with the birthname Bassianus. (Schreiber)

The oldest known purse is decorated with dogs teeth. (Harkin)
47 "No Such Thing As A Lonely Starbucks Customer"[57] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 14 February 2015

According to a 2011 YouGov survey 27% of Britons neither love or hate Marmite. (Harkin)

The Knights of the Round Table included Lancelot, Gawain, Galahad and Gareth. (Schreiber)

The Ministry of Defence owns 15 golf courses. (Murray)

The rise in the use of female contraceptive pills is causing fish to become too effeminate. (Ptaszynski)
48 "No Such Thing As A Pokemon-Playing Goldfish"[58] Victoria Coren Mitchell, Harkin, Miller, Murray, and Schreiber 20 February 2015

Charles Hawtrey horded bedsteads, believing that they would help make this fortune. (Coren Mitchell)

In 1937 you could visit Romford Dog Track and watch cheetahs racing. (Harkin)

In 2010 the US Military built a supercomputer using 1,760 PlayStation 3's. (Miller)

In 1552 a man in England managed to shoot himself to death using a bow and arrow. (Murray)
49 "No Such Thing As A Buff Panda[fn 10]"[59] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 25 February 2015

Until the mid-2000s the best method for finding out how many pandas there were alive was to sieve through their faeces. (Murray)

Since 2007 the Wikipedian Bryan Henderson has made more than 50,000 edits, all of which are exactly the same: tracking down articles using the words "comprised of" and changing them to "consists of". (Schreiber)

The worlds largest saw is used to cut through mountains in Kazakhstan. (Harkin)

In the early days of racewalking the competitors were allowed to jog as necessary to relieve cramp. (Ptaszynski)
50 "No Such Thing As Doing It Dinosaur-Style[fn 11]"[60] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 27 February 2015

The 2012 law prohibiting nudity in San Francisco was proposed by a politician named Scott Wiener. (Harkin)

Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, got so large that he could not sit at his dinner table any more. Rather than exercising or dieting, he cut a semi-circle in his dining table so he could fit his stomach in. (Schreiber)

Spotify's random function is not random. (Murray)

The animal kingdom forgot how to have sex for 40 million years. (Ptaszynski)
51 "No Such Thing As Dodecahedral Shredded Wheat[fn 12]"[61] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 6 March 2015

The son of Henry Perky, the man who invented shredded wheat, was also an inventor. He invented round shredded wheat. (Ptaszynski)

In the 1960s a Canadian psychologist visited cafes across the world counting how much couples touched each other. In Puerto Rico it was 180 times in an hour; in Paris it was 110; in London it was zero. (Murray)

In a particular time and place in history, you could avoid castration by shouting the word "Soho". (Harkin)

Matthieu Ricard, named the happiest man in the world, is unhappy that people call him the happiest man in the world. (Schreiber)
52 "No Such Thing As A Worthless Bucket Of Urine[fn 13][fn 14]"[62] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 13 March 2015

The route for the Hong Kong ultramarathon is to run up and down the same stretch of road 25 times. (Murray)

The metre is wrong. It is 0.16mm out. (Ptaszynski)

St Andrews Aquarium currently has three meerkats called Churchill, Admiral and Sheilas' Wheels. The also had two other meerkats called Aviva and Direct Line, but these have since died. (Harkin)

The only ancient Egyptian socks that we know of all belonged to Tutankhamun. Also, he wore sandals, so he may have worn socks in sandals. (Schreiber)
53 "No Such Thing As A 3000km Tall Statue Of Liberty[fn 15]"[63] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 20 March 2015

Finnish budget meatballs have so little meat in them that they have had to be renamed "balls", or pyöryköitä in the Finnish language. (Murray)

Lady Florence Dixie once had to apologise to Queen Victoria after her pet jaguar killed three of Victoria's pet deer. (Ptaszynski)

The Statue of Liberty originally wore a headscarf. (Schreiber)

A Polo mint takes 42.5 minutes to dissolve if you stick it up your nose. (Harkin)
54 "No Such Thing As Domesticated Furniture[fn 16]"[64] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 27 March 2015

When you have a tattoo lasered off you end up pooing it out. (Murray)

The man who invented the airship, Alberto Santos-Dumont, used to hold dinner parties with 10ft high chairs so his guests could experience the joy of flight. (Ptaszynski)

A new scientific study has concluded that there are too many scientific studies. (Schreiber)

You should never pick up a desert tortoise. If you do it can urinate itself to death. (Harkin)
55 "No Such Thing As Samurai Nail Clippers[fn 17]"[65] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 3 April 2015

Firefighters use wetter water than most people. (Harkin)

Plants have their own internet made of fungi. (Ptaszynski)

In 1710 the boys of Winchester College rioted over insufficient beer rations. (Murray)

The first man to discover the clitoris was Colombo. (Schreiber)
56 "No Such Thing As A Killer Tomato"[66] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 10 April 2015

For 200 years after tomatoes made it to England, they were grown almost entirely for ornimental reasons. (Ptaszynski)

NASA is planning on giving the Moon a moon. (Schreiber)

Basil Rathbone, one of the first men to play Sherlock Holmes on film, spent much of World War One dressed as a tree. (Murray)

Abraham Lincoln used his stovepipe hat to keep important documents hidden. (Harkin)
57 "No Such Thing As A Hoverhorse"[67] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 17 April 2015

Monorails were originally horse-drawn. (Schreiber)

The Great Smog of 1952 was so bad that blind people led sighted people home from train stations. (Murray)

On 24 March 2015 the temperature in Antarctica was higher than that in Malta, Madrid and Marrakech. (Harkin)

Jesse Bogdonoff, Tonga's official finance minister, was also the official court jester. (Ptaszynski)
58 "No Such Thing As Van Gogh the Elephant"[68] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 24 April 2015

Kaiser Wilhelm II once lost a valuable arms contract for Germany because he slapped Ferdinand I of Bulgaria on the bottom. (Ptaszynski)

"Beware of Pickpocket" signs attract pickpockets. (Murray)

No-one is quite sure how to pronounce Louis Armstrong's name. (Schreiber)

The man who holds the Guinness World Record for the lowest voice can hit notes that are so low only elephants can hear them. (Harkin)
59 "No Such Thing As Old Mother Bastard[fn 18]"[69] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 1 May 2015

The first thing was a parliament. (Harkin)

One of the largest majorities in a Brazilian local election was won by a rhino. (Ptaszynski)

Finland's parliament sometimes makes decisions in their sauna. (Schreiber)

In British electoral history 8 candidates have been awarded no votes at all in a general election. (Murray)
60 "No Such Thing As An Unenjoyable Bowel Movement"[70] Harkin, John Lloyd, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 8 May 2015

The final McDonalds burger ever sold in Iceland can currently be watched decomposing on a webcam. (Harkin)

In 1851 Prince Albert commissioned a ballroom in Balmoral Castle made entirely out of corrugated iron. (Lloyd)

During the 19th century Saddlers Wells Theatre was routinely flooded to stage fake naval battles. (Ptaszynski)

The practice of dog owners pretending that they have not seen their dogs defecating is technically called "strategic non-knowledge". (Murray)
61 "No Such Thing As Jesus's Magic Wand"[71] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 15 May 2015

Instead of being one of the founders of the USA, Benjamin Franklin almost stayed in Britain to found a swimming school on the River Thames. (Ptaszynski)

Sumo wrestling referees carry a knife on them so in the event they make a bad decision during a match they can kill themselves. (Schreiber)

The trailer for the longest movie ever made, Ambiancé, is 72 minutes long. (Harkin)

In the Middle Ages lots of churches had statues of Jesus Christ which had moving arms so that Christ could be taken down from the cross and carried around the church. Other statues had the Virgin Mary with a working belly from which you could take a model of the infant Christ. (Murray)
62 "No Such Thing As The Ugly Panda"[72] Harkin, Rufus Hound, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 22 May 2015

Twice in its history the United States has been run by a shepherd: Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson both kept sheep. (Hound)

There is a village in rural Russia where every single person knows how to tightrope walk. (Harkin)

In Britain pedestrians step to the right to avoid each other and in Japan they step to the left. No-one knows why. (Ptaszynski)

Half of all California condors were raised by glove puppets. (Murray)
63 "No Such Thing As An Anti-German Sock[fn 19]"[73] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 29 May 2015

The first ever novel, The Tale of Genji, ended mid-sentence. (Ptaszynski)

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis both once went to a party dressed as polar bears. It was not a fancy dress party. (Harkin)

Agatha Christie thought that Hercule Poirot was a, "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric, little creep". (Murray)

Before inventing television John Logie Baird's invented a pair of socks to wear underneath your usual pair of socks. (Schreiber)
64 "No Such Thing As An Honest Saiga"[74] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 5 June 2015

Bananas emit antimatter. (Harkin)

Slovenia's largest lake, Lake Cerknica, disappears every year. (Ptaszynski)

Half the world's saigas have died in the previous month and no-one knows why. (Murray)

Barbra Streisand had a shopping mall built for her sole use under her house. (Schreiber)
65 "No Such Thing As A Chickenosaurus"[75] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 12 June 2015

Cleaner fish can cheat their bosses, and their bosses can punish them. (Murray)

Al Qaeda's job application form has a question asking who should be contacted in the event that the applicant becomes a martyr. (Schreiber)

The single biggest expense for the computer game Lego Universe was to hire human moderators to make sure people were not making Lego penises. (Harkin)

Jack Horner, the man who inspired the main character in Jurassic Park, is now building a chickenosaurus. (Ptaszynski)
66 "No Such Thing As A Robotic Margaret Atwood"[76] Harkin, Anne Miller, Murray, and Schreiber 19 June 2015

In the 1840s London buses has straps attached to the driver's arms that the passenger would yank if they wanted the bus to stop. (Harkin)

Standing like Superman, with hands on hips, chest up and head tilted-up, can make you more successful. (Miller)

Margaret Atwood's latest novel, Scribbler Moon, will not be released until 2114 as part of the Future Library project. (Schreiber)

The Japanese are planning to install toilets in their lifts. (Murray)
67 "No Such Thing As The Hoo-Hah Monologues"[77] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 26 June 2015

Guantanamo Bay has a gift shop. (Schreiber)

The Natural History Museum, London is turning moths gay to stop them from destroying the exhibits. (Ptaszynski)

The word "marvellous" has fallen in use from 155 times per million twenty years ago, to only 2 times per million today. (Harkin)

In preparation for the National Day of the People's Republic of China 100,000 pigeons have had anal security checks to make sure they are not carrying anything suspicious. (Murray)
68 "No Such Thing As A Friendly Face Fondle"[78] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 3 July 2015

Only 28% of people know when they have been flirted with. (Ptaszynski)

Ancient Sumerian beer was as thick as porridge and was drunk through a straw. (Harkin)

Baby turtles co-ordinate when they are going to hatch from within their eggshells. (Murray)

Henrik Ibsen's last words were to his nurse. She said to him that she thought Ibsen was getting better, to which Ibsen replied: "On the contrary", and then he died. (Schreiber)
69 "No Such Thing As The Pamplona Guinea Pig Run"[79] Alex Bell, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 10 July 2015

In Peru depictions of the Last Supper show Jesus Christ and the disciples eating a guinea pig. (Murray)

The Citigroup Center skyscraper has a 400 tonne weight at the top of it to stop it from falling over. (Bell)

Canadian crime writer Howard Engel lost the ability to read while also not losing the ability to read. (Ptaszynski)

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak met his wife via a Dial-A-Joke call. (Schreiber)
70 "No Such Thing As A Rat Multiborg"[80] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 17 July 2015

Babies practice saying their first words before saying them out loud. (Murray)

The first pair of Nike trainers were made with a waffle iron. (Ptaszynski)

Rats dream of places that they want to visit. (Schreiber)

Humans used milk as paint for 40,000 years before anyone thought to drink it. (Harkin)
71 "No Such Thing As A Somersaulting Long Jumper[fn 20]"[81] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 24 July 2015

The world record for the horse long jump is shorter the record for the human long jump. (Schreiber)

Every time Alfred Hitchcock had a cup of tea he always smashed the teacup afterwards. (Ptaszynski)

The Romanian equivalent of comparing apples and oranges is to compare grandmothers and machine guns. (Murray)

Replacement eyelids can be made from foreskins. (Harkin)
72 "No Such Thing As A Bacon Telescope"[82] Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 31 July 2015

The first item to be sent by New York's pneumatic post system was an artificial peach. The second thing to be sent was a alive black cat. (Ptaszynski)

Scientists have made a form of algae that tastes like bacon. (Harkin)

Telescopes have a "new telescope smell" that can break them. (Murray)

There is a museum in North Korea that has a scaled-down replica of the world's largest table. (Schreiber)

World Cup of Facts: International Factball[edit]

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the podcast did a spin-off series sponsored by the VisitEngland tourism campaign. In it, the Elves played a "Factball" contest, with facts representing each country taking part (except England) that have nothing to do with football. The country with the most quite interesting fact won the match. The winning countries are in bold.[83]

# Title Presenters Original airdate
1 "Brazil v Croatia" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 12 June 2014
2 "Spain v The Netherlands" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 13 June 2014
3 "Uruguay v Costa Rica" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 14 June 2014
4 "France v Honduras" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 15 June 2014
5 "Germany v Portugal" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 16 June 2014
6 "Belgium v Algeria" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 17 June 2014
7 "Cameroon v Chile" Jack Burke, Harkin, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 18 June 2014
8 "Colombia v Ivory Coast" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 19 June 2014
9 "Italy v Switzerland" Harkin, Anne Miller, Murray and Ptaszynski 20 June 2014
10 "Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina" Harkin, Murray, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 21 June 2014
11 "United States v Russia[fn 21]" Alex Edelman, Harkin, Ptaszynski and Schreiber 21 June 2014
12 "Australia v Mexico[fn 22]" Alex Bell, Harkin, Molly Oldfield and Schreiber 23 June 2014
13 "Greece v Japan" Harkin, John Mitchinson, Molly Oldfield and Ptaszynski 24 June 2014
14 "Iran v Argentina v Ecuador" Harkin, Ptaszynski, Schreiber and Freddy Soames 25 June 2014
15 "South Korea v Ghana" Alex Bell, Harkin, Ptaszynski, Schreiber 26 June 2014

Reception[edit]

Miranda Sawyer in The Observer gave the podcast a positive review writing, "the podcast is jolly, packed with impressive and silly facts, and so far hasn't descended into too much in-joke chumminess, so hooray for No Such Thing As a Fish."[84]

Comedy critic Bruce Dessau wrote on his Beyond the Joke blog that: "All it lacks is the likes of Alan Davies [a panelist on the TV version of QI] and co chipping in with their comedic quips, but there are still plenty of laughs to be had."[6]

In December 2014 the podcast was named by Apple as the "Best New Podcast" for 2014.[2] In March 2015 the "Internet Award" in the 2015 Chortle Awards.[3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode was a tie-in to the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, and was thus devoted entirely to football.
  2. ^ This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in the Aces and Eights Bar, Tufnell Park, London.
  3. ^ This episode featured tracks to Emperor Yes's album An Island Called Earth, including the entire song "Monkey King".
  4. ^ Halloween special
  5. ^ This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Chortle Comedy Book Festival in Camden Town, North London. All the facts presented come from the book 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways.
  6. ^ This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Atomium, Brussels, Belgium.
  7. ^ A fact about a Japanese fishing boat being destroyed by a cow falling from the sky has since been edited out of the original podcast after it was discovered to be wrong.
  8. ^ Christmas special recorded in front of a live audience in the Aces and Eights Bar, Tufnell Park, London.
  9. ^ New Year special
  10. ^ Special release in honour of the podcast being nominated for a Chortle Award.
  11. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  12. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  13. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  14. ^ One year anniversary special.
  15. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  16. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  17. ^ Live recording from the Soho Theatre, Soho, London.
  18. ^ UK General Election special
  19. ^ Recorded live from the Hay Literary Festival. All the facts cover literature, except the last one which is about television, "the enemy of literature".
  20. ^ Recorded live from the Latitude Festival.
  21. ^ This match was declared a draw, so both teams went into the next round.
  22. ^ Most of the panel voted for Mexico, but Australian Schreiber, who hosted this episode, mockingly declared that Australia was the winner instead.

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