"Cheating" is the fourth episode of the C Series of QI and the 28th episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 21 October 2005. It featured the first appearance of Alexander Armstrong, who broke the record for largest score with a 100 point bonus from the episode's task.


Numbers in brackets mark appearances - e.g. "(2)" means "(second appearance)".

  1. Alexander Armstrong (1): 93 points
  2. Jeremy Clarkson (2): 0 points
  3. John Sessions (5): -10 points
  4. Alan Davies (28): -52 points


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  • The 'winner' of the marathon at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Frederick Lorz, went most of the way by car. Fourth place was awarded to a Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal, despite falling ill to apples he ate from an orchard en route. Len Taw, one of the first black African competitors in the Olympic Games, finished 9th despite being chased a mile or so off course by a large dog.
  • Many riders competing in the 1904 Tour de France were disqualified because of receiving illegal tows from motor vehicles during night races. Maurice Garin was disqualified for taking a train through part of the route.
  • Challenger, Tornado, Typhoon, Mustang, Laser, Marauder, Hurricane, Starquest, Apache, Buccaneer, Jetstream, Superstorm and Cobra are all makes of caravan.[1][2][3]
  • Patriot, Gladiator, Dagger, Javelin, Merlin, Archer, Arrow, White King and Excalibur are all variants of parsnip.[4] Boris Pasternak's surname means parsnip in Russian. Jeremy grows his own parsnips in a field near where he lives.
  • The first creature to be sent into space was a fruit fly.[5][6]
  • The fruit fly has the largest sperm of any organism, with an uncoiled size of around 20 times its own length (5.8 cm).
  • Tonya Harding's attempt to eliminate the competition of Nancy Kerrigan at figure skating, and Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan's transcontinental flights.

General IgnoranceEdit

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  • Since Germany was only reunified in 1990, the Second World War only officially ended that year.[7]
  • Swiss inventions include velcro, milk chocolate, cellophane, rayon and the Swiss army knife.[8]
  • 1792 was the year the guillotine was first used, the birth of the inventor of the computer and the death of the inventor of the sandwich and Cambridge University introduced the concept of examinations judged on a written rather than oral basis.


Panellists were asked to record their own scores. Alexander Armstrong received a bonus of 100 points for correctly recording his own score:

  • Alexander Armstrong correctly predicted he was on -7 points. (Difference: 0.)
  • John Sessions predicted he was on -7 points. His real score was -10. (Difference: 3.)
  • Jeremy Clarkson said he was on -29 points, but his score was 0. (Difference: 29.)
  • Alan Davies thought his score was -85½ points; it was -52. (Difference: 33½.)


  1. Tanks
  2. Fighters
  3. Helicopters
  4. Missiles
  5. Monkey
  6. Dog
  7. 1945
  8. Cuckoo clock
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