QI S17E13 Series Q – HD – Quills

QI S17E13 Series Q – HD – Quills

about writers and writing as we take up
quills let’s meet our scribblers in fine feathers it’s Lou Sanders the presidents Jimmy Carr Oh is tickling our fancy let’s get writing Lugo’s dongho’s Jimmy
goes Alan goes your own quill pens are on your desk but
why don’t we tend to use them anymore does anyone use a pen anymore I don’t
even use a pen do you not Wendy when did you last write something down you type
it all so people my mom is allergic to feathers as she she couldn’t have
written anything they used to be a name for that that was that was called being
a literate they were the writing instrument of choice for almost 1500
years but they required a lot of upkeep so basically not very efficient you
could write maybe three or four letters at a time and then you’d run out of ink
and they regularly needed sharpening so the pen the part of a pen knife anybody
know whether we’re pen in pen knife comes from Oh from sharpening pens yes
and it comes from Penner which is Latin for feather so that is why we call it a
pen knife did you hear that that was a lovely you’re gonna catch a bird yes is
the first thing and then there’s a hierarchy of quills so Jimmy you’ve got
the goose there’s that looking every day it is I’m afraid it’s working pain calm
and a garden will you say a live bird it’s not is it live for long I mean yeah
yeah yeah I mean once you’ve plucked a bird’s feather it will grow back let’s
take about a year probably for it to grow back again so ye oldie WH Smiths
would have been just a bunch of birds and you’re plucking there’s a real problem in the 19th
century they began to experience a real shortage of quills why might that be
Oh alien flu or something was it no just more people could read and write oh really oh really interested in that
Clive James wrote about typewriters so about the noise that writing used to
make so when he wrote its first man why I wrote it on a tack it was terrific
racket all day long was a phenomenal noise every line and I still that’s a
sign of my age I know it’s very annoying I would like to have that effect when I
press return but it goes to do you’ve just other people on the train in the
quiet character you know and they haven’t turned the keypad tones yes oh
it’s so endearing is that that was a good noise as well I just say to them
you know you can turn that off don’t you do you I just say don’t be to do it for
you now you’ve got a pro feather oh thanks
autistic people they were specifically for drawing thin lines so you might be
doing an architectural drawing or some such thing you might be doing my body only the best
so the first she preferred Swan but the everyday one Thomas Jefferson kept his
own geese I was so pleased when I got given this and now I feel like Jamie you
would need a quill from a left wing if you were right-handed because you don’t
want the feather to be hitting you in the face
must have been author than if they weren’t killing the birds and they were
just bald on one side in circles going more this one still works Eagles lose a
feather on one wing they will shed it not the same one on the other side why
might they do that fashion so wait so you pull out one there pull up that’s it
fascinating yeah but what’s that though see y’all go to the library they’re
coming back from the road I’m sorry sandy I have a question I mean it’s all
very well talking about fur this why didn’t they just show up on a stick
reservoir inside it’s where the ink goes now the ink can go inside where is the
stick less successful and in fact one of the sort of forerunners of the fountain
pen they worked out that they could have a little steel holder and you could
actually cut one of these into five or six little nibs and then we eventually
get to the fountain pen but there are some advantages to the quill because it
can hold certain inks which would clog a fountain pen like India ink for example
now goose feathers are still used for what purpose might you still use a goose goose himself one of the answers we had
thought of it yes is still weirdly in use by the Giessen
fashion no so sport Oh archery shuttlecocks shuttlecocks absolutely enormous supplying has to be made a shuttlecock from the
left wing of a goose in order that it spins clockwise when it is struck this
is a great show I’m alone the name Federer like in Roger Federer very
sniper tennis player yeah okay his name means one who trades in quills so really
should’ve been a badminton player does he know I bet he pick it up wouldn’t
make badminton do you think you’ve wasted your life Roger your money’s in
bad mood where might you be well advised to skip the queue well they don’t like
to queue in France or Italy oh it’s really very pushy especially the elderly
in Italy yeah right I borrow in the little Italian women they borrow right
into the heart of the queue and then you can’t get them out there in that then I
made a tiny Italian woman just pushing by everyone to the front let’s go see
scooty scusi scusi hey boy kid should be right in the back
there baby yes maybe they should just do queuing by
longevity how long you in hospital well my friends get the cube but she’d cut
her finger off so they were like yeah come to the front yes that’s quite a
serious thing but as well because she cut when they come out and go who’s next
she was not innovating you know like so it’s not actually about shoeing in terms
of a physical cue you don’t need a cue in that skip it just give myself ten
points well the letter was actually banned in Turkey until 2013 along with
two other letters at the X and the W it’s language thing it’s a language but
the real issue is that the Turkish language doesn’t use the letter Q but
the Kurdish one does and there was a lot of anti Kurdish sentiment in Turkey and
so those letters were not allowed to appear in official documents and people
were not allowed to use them when naming their children until the early 1990s it
was illegal in Turkey for the 15 to 20 million Kurds you talk about about 20%
of the population to use any Kurdish at all in public and it was only since 2013
that you are actually allowed to use the letter Q once more in Turkey in Turkey
would they not have Cuevas then well that’s why there’s been a little bit
about the sort of repression of the Kurdish people the only way those lovely
cheesy stands I’m going to play the sound of someone
typing what do you think they are trying to say we don’t know any Shakespeare
we’re only monkeys so why might we know just from the sound what somebody is
actually trying to say do they have a slightly different pitch all of the
buttons yeah so it’s the QWERTY keyboard yeah and it can be translated if you
like to work out what we are typing if you had just a microphone hackers would
be able to discover your logins your password any other confidential
information that you might be typing because each key it’s a different part
of the keyboards underplate and there is a slightly different sound for every
single one and there’s an algorithm which can be used to work out which
sound corresponds with which letter you mean X worried I’m gonna have to learn
to write again presumably each keyboard it would be different well we just need
ten minutes with one keyboard with the microphone this for a typewriter or for
a keyboard for a computer keyboard computer scientists at the University of
California in Berkeley estimate hackers would need 10 minutes and they could
crack anybody’s computer code what about an iPad to work on your dirty work on an
iPad Jimmy my dirty work now I imagine the dirty
work is Jimmy’s parcel with two hands like that every time I’m on a train the
Sun Boy typing and he’s doing this maybe speaking did me proud that little typing
thing when I was at school we were all taught to type and then they used to tie
an apron at the top of the typewriter and then round your neck and then so you
had to type underneath the apron so you couldn’t say the boys still sandy or
talk to dictate I think the tea part of that word is
dick I was very good could you just take that
down we can actually reveal him what was
being typed those buzzers that we paid at the very beginning it’s from the
typewriter symphony it was actually the theme tune on the news quiz on Radio 4
still is a guy called Leroy Anderson American composer who wrote it where the
typewriters used as a percussion instrument it’s one of my favorites have
a quick look at this video isn’t that wonderful that’s a guy that forgot his instrument
to refer back down it’s a trained percussionist who does it they slightly
cheat they modify the typewriter so only two keys are working so otherwise you’d
get it jammed wouldn’t you if you played leather and absolutely loved it
no question about spy novels what was the name of James Bond’s gadget expert
you know in the films but not in the novels q does not appear you know there
are James Bond films yes but in the original novels only the Q branch is
mentioned and in the question I did ask about the spy novels oh that’s the
problem I don’t listen and you too busy dictating so Q the character Q thought
to be based on a real inventor called Charles fraser-smith and he worked for
the clothing department of the Ministry of supply of course his real job was
coming up with gadgets for the Secret Service
they were called Q gadgets after the world war one q ships so these were
warships which were disguised as freighters and they got their name from
their home port Queenstown in Ireland and they looked like perfectly ordinary
freighter and they had cargo and all that kind of thing in that was to lure
you boats up to the surface and as soon as the e boat came up they would reveal
their unbelievable armaments I mean unbelievably brave work 44 Q ships were
destroyed but they also managed to destroy 50 new boats so that is where
the Q thing comes from it’s got one of these Q ships I love love love the music
– James Bond let’s have a quick listen to the original James Bond theme the composer’s manacled Monte Norman and
it actually comes from a song about a man with an unlucky sneeze which he
reworked into the James Bond theme it was a really cool bad sign good sign and
it didn’t sound at all like the original song have a listen to this let’s man your parties with this unlucky sneeze and what this
world this is surely for suppose novel a house
for mr. Biswas is a wonderful novel and mr. Biswas has a terrible season it’s
unlucky for him and Monte Norman wrote a musical version of this which was not a
huge success he was later hired to write the music for the first Bond film which
was dr. know you’ve really worked the theme tune into the James Bond theme
tune so we thought we’d do a bit of I’m gonna call it query okie because it
starts with a Q we’re gonna try and see if we can sing the original James Bond
theme tune so the words gonna come up on the screen I was born I’m the reason why No no I know I know I don’t believe you
when you say it wasn’t a huge hit that than James Bond to the village pond
and drought it’s a very sad true story no we heard your sneezing all the way
down the car here is my next question what would you find in mrs. Q’s memoirs
I know the image you used by the way that you think a key might be needed to
undo a piece of string well it’s just possibly the key to her heart my darling
you don’t know about love do you I’ve never between Jack I’ve got a lot
of love on very short-term basis my dressing-room door is always open
mine has a key 19th century mrs. cube this is accused memoirs was it a fake
name for somewhere the salacious memoir it was a woman called
Harriet Wilson she was a courtesan we think that’s working out 15 as a
mistress of Lord Craven and she took lots of lovers some people say the
Prince Regent we have no evidence for that when she announced that she was
going to write her memoirs she said any concerned gentleman could pay 200 pounds
to avoid being written about among those that she wrote to and said do you want
me to leave you out was Arthur Welles did you have Wellington who father
famously said publish and be damned so published in 1825 it was four volumes
and it was I mean unbelievably popular so popular barrier had to be set up an
outside the publishers offices and the publishers and Wilson went on to make
10,000 pounds which at the time was an enormous amount of money it has the
great opening line these memoirs I shall not say how and why I became at the age
of 15 the mistress of the Earl of Craven it’s a fantastic opening anybody think
of a book that kind of mirrors this situation
stormy Daniels DOMA Daniels absolutely she said that of course that Donald
Trump had paid to keep their affair secret I’ve not read the book I’ve
watched a lot of her films but areas but chapter concerning Trump
begins okay so did you just skip to this chapter what she says is my life is a
lot more interesting than an encounter with Donald Trump but I get it still of
all the people who are who I had sex with why couldn’t the world obsess over
one of the hot ones then she went on to make America horny again what is a
stand-up comedian now yeah she’s funny she’s funny yeah now from one form of
artistic expression to another what is the most disgusting panel you can think
of about that picture it does look like I’m sort of merging into Alan I’d like
to take a moment sandy to thank you for the nasal trimmers you got me for
Christmas I’m absolutely stumped okay so the author of quilts quilt we
were never gonna get quilts the program did very well
there’s a woman called Ana de metrio she was the 20:18 president of the science
and art section of the British Science Association and she made a quilt where
every panel was impregnated with Mrs a bacteria now of course she’d heavily
treated it so it wasn’t good to kill you to actually hold the quilt up
it is Staphylococcus aureus bacteria so mrs a is the deadly strain of this and
what she was trying to do was to highlight the problem of antibiotic
resistance doesn’t lis I think she got the bacteria out of her own nose and
grew it on the quilt we did back to the Native Americans didn’t we we gave them
quilt it’s small topic yon rights they did give out blankets infected with
smallpox in order to subdue they called it the Native American what opponent was
she making with she’s just trying to show us a real issue that we’re having
at the moment with antibiotic resistance is in fact the whole thing about making
quilts that goes much further so during various wars in the 19th century it was
very common for soldiers to make a rather intricate quilts often made from
scraps of uniform then bananas convalesce
quilts and some of the most complex examples have up to 25,000 pieces of
fabric in them when I was a child duvets were called continental remember
going to a hotel and it didn’t have sheets and blankets and we really didn’t
know what to do did fall off slide about 1964 and it was habitat who advertised
them saying you could make a bed so quickly just a few shakes that even a
man could do it this is what we’re gonna do
so you’ve each got a quilt right oh so we’re gonna have a very quick
competition couldn’t be easier to see who can be quickest hang on hang on I’m
done the bow yet I haven’t got my cave we’re gonna do time okay where do we
start from your thing okay ready one two three that’s not fair all right a big year I mean anyone who’s amazed it stayed on especially got a duvet cover for you
with blue whales on so I think no question about it Lu was
the winner there was absolutely fantastic which a security blankets away because
it’s time for the round that we call general ignorance fingers on buzzers
please what happens to dr. Jekyll’s trousers when he becomes mr. hyde and
they rip doing it because he’s not the Hulk like a beast so they should fall
down is the answer because in the book Edward Hyde is much smaller than dr.
Jekyll the reason for his short stature is he represents dr. Jekyll’s evil side
so the bit that he’s been trying to suppress as he lives as decently and as
morally as he can it’s the films and the TV that show him
as big more like the The Incredible Hulk is based on that isn’t it
yes exactly and Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale was inspired by a man called Deakin
Brody he lived at 18th century Edinburgh and by day he was most marvellous
respectable cabinet maker lock maker remember the town council by night he
used the keys that he made to break into their homes and steal their stuff this
is him with his accomplice George Smith stick out the fact that he was a chicken anyway Robert Louis Stevenson had a
wardrobe as a child at the end of his bed which had been made by deacon Brody
so it’s probably how he came to have the idea in the first place and Brody was
eventually hanged although the story is that he wore a steel band around his
neck and escaped to Paris my the idea that you would be hung and they would go
or don’t look we’re hanging him and just look the other way
yeah always The Bodyguard oh no finally what color is the Emerald City I think I
know a weird fact about The Wizard of Oz but yes didn’t realize until recently
which is that it’s an allegory for America the farmers are the straw man
and they need a brain an industry was the Tin Man industry doesn’t have a
heart and the line was the politicians and that they didn’t have any courage
they’re absolutely right but it’s not what we were looking for we’re looking
for the color what is the answer green emerald right no right stop maiming telecine to
you when she first goes to the city of ours she is told you must dawn a pair of
protective glasses in order to avoid being blinded by the brightness so I
have that one I have laser on my Jack and Danny they make you wear glasses on
your bluff Jack and Danny Danny Danny Danny fanny
sorry it’s called a jack what is also Jack em Dulli my mum doesn’t like
what me doing mood stuff and she’s really pleased there’s gonna be on Qi
and now she’s not going to be pleased anyway yeah very embarrassed in front of
the gardening club of course again speaking of the gardening club you had
all downstairs I did not know it’s rhyming slang is it
who knew so funny yeah my favorite when I was growing up is always called the
fine china Wow was that because you get it out for special occasions back to the Wizard of Oz
what we learn from the wizard at the end is that he makes everybody wear green
spectacles so that things appear green and when she asks if that means
everything isn’t really green he replies no more so than any other city but my
people have worn green glasses on their eyes so long that most of them think it
really is an Emerald City everything looks green when viewed
through Emerald tinted glasses and there goes the bear over the end of the school
day we leave the play time let’s have a look at your report cards in the first
place tonight well this is astonishing with a full five points it’s Alan for Hannah success Lou 13 Jimmy – 26 it’s Tom Thanks so I guess Tom Jimmy Lou and Alan
I leave you with this quick quotation from the quill of American author Robert
Benchley it took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing but I
couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous go back you

100 thoughts on “QI S17E13 Series Q – HD – Quills

  1. If the song the James Bond theme was based on was about an unlucky sneeze, shouldn't it have been titled "Good Sinus, Bad Sinus?"

  2. The fact that a right-handed writer needs a left-wing quill has nothing to do with the feathery bits getting in the way. You scrape the feathery bits off. It has to do with the curve of the shaft. A left-curving shaft will curl nicely around the right hand and vice versa. No one wrote with a feather with all the fluffy bits on. That's a Hollywood thing for showing someone is writing with a quill pen.

  3. That original Bond song was featured once on HIGNFY as i recall. But here they missed out the best part the indian guy says Atchoo really loudly..

  4. Leroy Anderson composed a few other notable, familiar tunes:
    Sleigh Ride (1948) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygb-IQNUCJI
    The Syncopated Clock (1945) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6vvkXd9GRw

  5. The workaround for the password thing is create a very large randomized notepad doc and copy/paste a password from the randomness. Sure there are ways to exploit this method but w/e.

  6. The typing sounds being used for hacking is really stupid. The hacker would need to record every single buttons sound with an incredibly good microfone and if they have that kind of access you're long past fucked.

  7. 19:50 What is the most disgusting panel you can think of ?

    Easy – 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown. Just absolute toilet humour and filth for 30 minutes. Worst panel show hands down.

  8. Common pen-knives are still called "temperino" "little sharpener" in italy. Different cultures same evolution. That's QI IMO

  9. That bitch in the flower dress needs to stop trying to be funny, Jesus Christ it is like watching my mum try to make a joke. The audience can only give out so many courtesy laughs before it just gets sad.

  10. Can't wait for this to come out in the XL version. Just Love this in the USA, because we do not have anything this great!!!

  11. Enough with the f**king blue whale crap. It was funny the first 1000 times, now you bring it up every episode. Who's writing this shit now?

  12. Smallpox on blankets is a bullshit internet myth I'm afraid. It doesn't work for several reasons. Recent studies have shown smallpox killed very few native Americans. Measles was the main cause of deaths. It's far more infectious and the native Americans had zero resistance to it.

  13. Two new people at once, who had that brilliant idea?
    A few minutes in and I dearly hope these two don't come back, almost about to switch it off.
    I mean, they're not too bad …but also not too good.
    A huge thank you for uploading nevertheless, of course!

  14. There was racism in this episode (not the first time), and no one called it out. Sandi Toksvig notices gender stuff, but is rubbish when it comes to race.

  15. man, Sandy just….I don't like her as a host.
    Why is EVERYTHING tied into feminism. LIke shut the fuuuuuck up already. Jesus christ, this is gotten so annoying. Im so sick of being lectured by a midget all the time. It's made QI so unenjoyabble. I'm a chick too, bubt this constant feminism bullshit lies they constantly keep pushing – like it's QI!!! IT's supposed to be FACTS and so many things they have said aren't FACTS they are simply agenda pushing bullshit, and CONSTANTLY about politics – you guys are so obsessed with President Trump it's kind of shocking. You live in the UK first of all, but LOL he lives in your minds rent free. You should know by now you guys are in the minority (lmao how embarrassed you must have been with Brexit) since you guys are leaving the EU – you dumb fucks – Sandi, piss off already. I used to love you, now I think you're a salty old bitch.. Done with QI – i'll just watch the old ones with Stephen – where facts ruled and there wasn't political agenda pushing.

  16. 3-4 letters is way less than a proper quill pen should write between dips. Most new quill pens you get are just cut feathers and not processed right – the barrel of the feather needs to be scooped out, the membranes removed, and it needs to be hardened by a heating and/or drying process, and cut properly. When done correctly it can work almost as well as a metal dip pen nib.

  17. Much like in the montage video of Sandi hugging panelists as they come out, you see how kind she is when she fixes Jimmy's hair.

  18. the houses in the emerald city only appear green when viewed through green tinted glasses but when the glasses are removed you'll see a house of a different colour

  19. I thought the name Q was for quartermaster. You know, the guy responsible for outfitting soldiers with weapons.

  20. The classical Latin for feather is actually pinna (nominative singular) a first declension feminine noun. It also means arrow, wing, fish fin (not a blue whale) and er, I forget. Oh, maybe something to do with architecture.

  21. Quite descriptive Lou Sanders is photographed with an "off" light bulb in her mouth, absolutely nothing bright comes out.

  22. "There was a lot of anti-Kurdish sentiment in Turkey." Well it's a good thing that is all entirely and completely in the past.

  23. Q in the films is short for Quartermaster. Love the show, trust their deep-dives, and happy to learn new things. But they never say what the books called the fellow. And film-wise, it's Quartermaster, nothing to do with submarines – though I'm sure that historical factoid is real.

  24. 18:59 …….ohhh how cute,…more Left wing bias humor .

    19:17 …….the audience doesn’t seem to be enjoying it.

    19:28 ……..great fake laughter though.

  25. If they think those Shuttlecocks are enormous, they should see the ones in Kansas City, Missouri at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

  26. 12:47 Yes, but the best part of Leroy Anderson's piece is right at the start where they (jokingly) attempt to tune the typewriter to the orchestra.

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