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Old November 9th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #11

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That the Acropolis apparently has no straight lines
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Old November 9th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #12

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At the time they said this it was thought Cruithne did orbit the Earth, but since then this has been disproved.
Not quite, a minority of astronomers did, they deliberately ignored the majority who didn't. What's more they actually revisited the question in a later show, where they updated the number of "moons" as the right answer to 3 or 4, saying that there had since been discovered more similar to Cruithne, and that was at a time when the Cruithne moon theory had already been completely debunked.

There are many more instances of such deliberate misinformation in order to be entertaining, but I forget the details.

That being said I completely enjoy the show, Stephen Fry is always a joy to watch, Alan Davies as well, and I especially enjoy the episodes where Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Sean Lock, Johnny Vegas and Jimmy Carr participates. Their ability to adlib while still being clever is just incredible.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #13
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Odd...

I guess there was to much wine that day ^^
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #14

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At the time they said this it was thought Cruithne did orbit the Earth, but since then this has been disproved.
I thought Cruithne's orbit was determined in 1997. That episode was aired in 2003, so that bit of info was outdated even at that time, I think.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:06 AM   #15

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Not quite, a minority of astronomers did, they deliberately ignored the majority who didn't. What's more they actually revisited the question in a later show, where they updated the number of "moons" as the right answer to 3 or 4, saying that there had since been discovered more similar to Cruithne, and that was at a time when the Cruithne moon theory had already been completely debunked.

There are many more instances of such deliberate misinformation in order to be entertaining, but I forget the details.

That being said I completely enjoy the show, Stephen Fry is always a joy to watch, Alan Davies as well, and I especially enjoy the episodes where Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Sean Lock, Johnny Vegas and Jimmy Carr participates. Their ability to adlib while still being clever is just incredible.
Bill Bailey, Phil Jupitus and Rich Hall are my favourite panellists. I absolutely cannot STAND Johnny Vegas, but Sean Lock and Jimmy Carr are a lot more intelligent than they can appear.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:24 AM   #16

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QI hasn't finished.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:35 AM   #17

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That the Acropolis apparently has no straight lines
True or not, this was hysterical. Love the show!
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Until about 1900 blue was the colour for girls and pink was the colour for boys.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:43 AM   #19

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Coffee isn't made from beans
You have no muscles in your fingers
Mice sing while having sex
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #20
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Fact of the day! xD

Something i heard on the show recently was that the greeks did not have a name for the color "blue" so they called the color of the sky "bronze"
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