We're the only people in the world to have condensed Shakespeare, da Vinci, some bananas, a cow, The Statue of Liberty, a pigeon and a space shuttle into 30 seconds of film. Probably. And yes, those babies are two of QI creator John Lloyd's children.
Stephen described it as 'simply the sexiest theme tune in all of television', others call it 'white man's reggae'. Love it or hate it, QI wouldn't be the same without its theme music.
Our impossibly catchy theme tune was composed and performed by Howard Goodall, who's also behind the music for shows like Mr Bean, Red Dwarf and QI creator John Lloyd's other projects, including Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News,
and even his wedding. Howard's middle name is Lindsay.
1. The Bible, John 14.6 - 11 | 2. Binary code
3. Dictionary definitions under the letter'P' | 4. Description of the make-up of keratin
5. Agathodaimon alchemial code | 6. French medical journal entry
7. Information on cables | 8. DNA sequence
9. Mathematical calculations | 10. Ancient runes
11. Columbia Encyclopaedia entry in German | 12. Illustration of a Mandelbrot fractal
13. Sunflowers | 14. Bananas, a space shutttle and a Holstein-Friesian cow
15. UK Telephone booth | 16. Da Vinci's aerial screw drawing
17. Bengal tiger | 18. One of QI creator John Lloyd's children
19. Assorted medicinal pills | 20. Greek pottery depicting Olympic javelin competitors
21. Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro | 22. Porbeagle shark
23. Corsica and Sardinia, the Earth | 24. Iceberg tip
25. Mahatma Gandhi | 26. Ivy plant
27. The Statue Of Liberty, New York | 28. Red-eyed tree frog
29. Pigeon | 30. 'Little Ben' clock face, Westminster, London
31. Another of John Lloyd's children | 32. St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
33. Tropical island | 34. William Shakespeare
The infinitely varied luminous mushroomoid buzzers are one of the things that make QI unique among panel shows. An intrinsic part of the game's complex scoring system, managed by Lumina, each buzzer is hand-picked before the show by QI creator John Lloyd.
You can watch some of the most notable buzzers on our YouTube channel, and vote for your favourite one below. Most of the buzzers come from sound libraries, but if you need help identifying a song, check the Wikipedia entry for the episode. If you're still stuck, ask us via email@example.com.
Technically speaking, it's not a klaxon (that's the branded 'awooga' sound), but the cacaophony of alarm bells, sirens and horns is feared by QI panellists up and down the land, to the extent that some have even had nightmares about it...only to have them come true on the show.
Anyone who says anything boring or obviously wrong risks immediately losing ten points, and deafening humiliation. Every forfeit is pre-empted and preset for each show by the researchers, despite what David Mitchell might think, so the penalties are (relatively speaking) fair and square.
Every question on QI comes with visual accompaniment - pictures and videos dug up by our tireless picture researchers, who are also responsible for photoshopping Stephen and Alan into compromising photos.
If you've seen something on the screens you'd like to know more about, the best place to start is the Corbis picture library. Most of QI's images come from here, and their website has a useful preview function.
Failing that, email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to find a source.