Trivia: A bird called the "Mannequin Bird" does the "moonwalk" to attract a mate.
A man named "Bill Bailey" invented the moonwalk. It is not the same Bill Bailey who appears on the show.
Bungee Jumping was inspired by the vine jumpers of Pentecost Island in the Pacific Ocean Vanuatu group (formerly the New Hebrides). Each year, the men of the island's tribe construct huge wooden towers, over eighty feet high. They then carefully select vines from the jungle which they then tie to their ankles before throwing themselves off the top of the towers. The length and age of the vines must be carefully judged so that the vine arrests their fall just as they hit the ground. Inspired by the islanders, modern bungee jumping was invented by members of The Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club.
When they were talking about Mt Fuji, Stephen refered to it as Mount Fujiyama. He also said the word fuji means mountain. This is incorrect: the Japanese word for mountain is yama. And the correct name for the mountain is either Mt Fuji or Fujiyama, and should never be refered to as Mount Fujiyama, as the word yama denotes that it is a mountain.
Stephen: Do you know there's a carrot museum in Belgium?
Rich: Not surprised.
Stephen: In east Belgium. Yes, Berlotte I think is the name of the town.
The carrot museum is in Berlotte, part of the village of Eynatten, in the German speaking part Belgium near the German border. The carrot museum contains various items made of carrots.
The first human invention to break the sound barrier was the whip - the earliest model of which is 7000 years old. The sound of a whip cracking is actually a miniature sonic boom.
$28 million was paid for the rights to the song 'Happy Birthday To You'. This was the first song to be sung in outer space and the original lyrics were 'Good Morning To All'.
Cat gut has never been used to fashion violin strings. This was a rumour started in medieval times - they were actually made from sheep gut.
There are more than 200 different folk names for the wild pansy. And the word 'pansy' comes from the French "pensée", which means a thought or an idea. Pansies are supposedly good for the memory.
The buffalo found in America are in no way related to the African buffalo - they are actually bison. So Buffalo Bill should really have been called 'Bison Bill'.
If you throw a cat out of the 7th story (or higher) of a building they are very likely to survive, because their bodies can reach terminal velocity and form a parachute in order to land unharmed.
In this episode the "Luvvie Alarm" is sounded when John Sessions mentions Robert Redford.
Batophobia is fear of tall buildings. Batology, however, is the study of blackberries.
St Bernards have never carried brandy in barrels around their necks (this would easily kill a person with hypothermia) - if they have a barrel at all, it might carry milk.
Only honey bees will die after stinging an attacker - all other species can go on living and sting again.
It takes 12 bees an entire lifetime to make 1 teaspoon of honey.
It was once assumed that barnacles were baby barnacle geese.
Chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow, when a customer asked for a tandoori with 'gravy'.
The only ball games invented in the USA are netball and basketball (by the same Canadian). Lacrosse was invented there, but before it was called the USA.
Admiral Nelson's last words were "Drink drink, fan fan, rub rub".