Guests: Bill Bailey, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican
Air Date: 8 November 2013 at 10pm, BBC Two
Repeated: 10 November 2013 at 10pm, BBC Two
The questions in this show about the prototype kilogram and anechoic chambers came from our friends at the National Physical Laboratory. You can read much more about them from their website.
Here is the definition of a kibibyte.
And here’s a good article about ‘Finders Keepers’ in law.
Our info in ‘Keep Still or Scarper’ came from many sources; here are some links:
How to fight monkeys
What to do if you're attacked by a pack of wolves
What to do if attacked by Africanised honey bees
Tips to survive an animal attack
Best practice around cows
Here's more on Robert Hooke and his drunken fly.
Some info on live modelling here, here and here.
For more on lesbian sheep, check out this site.
And read here about the present not being the present.
Don’t believe us about the trains at Grand Central Station? Here’s the evidence.
Article about running backwards here.
And finally, want to know more about the bowhead’s mouth-organ? Of course you do.
The playground adage doesn’t work in law: if you find lost property and keep it without taking ‘reasonable steps’ to find the owner, that’s ‘theft by finding’. The principle was clearly established in 19th-century case law, and mostly referred to servants keeping money that they found while cleaning, and cab drivers keeping things left in the cab.
In 2009 a Wiltshire couple got 11-month suspended sentences for cashing a winning lottery ticket they found on the floor of a shop. Similarly, if a bank ATM mistakenly gives you too much money and you keep it, that’s theft, especially if you use the machine deliberately because you know it’s malfunctioning. In 2003, a Coventry family made repeated visits to a faulty cash machine and withdrew £134,410; three of them were imprisoned.
On the other hand, if the property is deliberately abandoned, you can keep it. This distinction led to an ancient custom whereby archaeological finds of gold
and silver were treated differently if they had originally been lost or discarded than if they had been deliberately hidden with a view to later recovery. The latter was called ‘Treasure Trove’, and belonged to the Crown if nobody with a better title could be found. The Sutton Hoo find of 1939 was not Treasure Trove as it was a ship burial (a tomb rather than a hoard of treasure) so there was never an intention to recover the objects.
A study into the possibility of lesbianism in sheep ran into the problem that there’s no way to establish a ewe’s sexual orientation. In the words of University of California-Davis graduate student Ann Perkins: ‘If you are a female sheep, what you do to solicit sex is stand still. Maybe there is a female sheep out there really wanting another female, but there's just no way for us to know it.’ This means that lesbian sheep, if there are any, are doomed to a loveless life by their own passivity.
Gay rams have the opposite problem: neither will adopt a passive mode at all.
What we perceive as the present actually happened at least 70 milliseconds ago, because of the time taken between light hitting the retina and the signal being interpreted by the brain. During this time, a cricket or tennis ball travelling at a modest 85mph would travel 10ft – so for a sportsman to hit the ball his brain has to anticipate, to compensate for the delay.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a robot hand that always wins at rock-paper-scissors. Using a high-speed camera, the robot spots within one millisecond which shape the human hand is making, then produces the required winning response.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
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