"Cockneys" is the sixth episode of the C Series of QI and the 30th episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 4 November 2005. It featured no new panellists. The episode was preceded by "Cat's Eyes" and followed by "Constellations".


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

  1. Bill Bailey (8): 3 points
  2. Rory McGrath (2): -1 points
  3. Phill Jupitus (4): -12 points
  4. Alan Davies (30): -19 points


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  • Criminals originally used cockney rhyming slang to obfuscate what they were planning when they thought they could be heard.
  • "Cockney" means "cock's egg".
  • In the Cherokee language, the word for Cherokee is "ah-ni-yv-wi-ya". The word Cherokee comes from Cree. The writing system of the Cherokee language was invented by Sequoyah, and within a year most of the Cherokee were literate. Rory gets points for knowing the name Tsalagi, which is actually the name for the Cherokee language.
  • Giant Sequoias have bark 4-foot (1.2 m) thick and need forest fires to clear the ground for them to breed.
  • The panellists are asked if they use coal to brush their teeth.[1] The truth is that everyone uses coal when they clean their teeth, because it is present in the nylon bristles of the toothbrush, rather than the toothpaste.
  • Nylon was originally called "No Run".[2] The name was given by its inventor, Wallace Carothers of the DuPont company.
  • The Laughing Cavalier was painted on cannabis (or more precisely, hemp) and the word "canvas" originates from the Greek word "cannabis".
  • Chelmsford:
    • Was the capital of England for 5 days in 1381.
    • Is the only English town named after Julius Caesar.
    • Called "the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the earth" by Charles Dickens.
    • Also had the first Marconi factory that made radios.
    • Has the largest burns unit in Europe.

General IgnoranceEdit

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  • Babies in the womb are covered in hair (lanugo) – it then sheds this hair, eats it, and then excretes it as meconium.
  • If Stephen was to paint Alan's body in gold,[3] as per the James Bond film Goldfinger, he'd get very hot and couldn't sweat.
  • Humans have between 9 and 21 senses.[4] Apart from sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, there is the sense of balance, the sense of temperature and the sense of pain, among others.
  • The oldest man in the Bible is Enoch,[5] as "the Lord took him" and he is therefore not dead.


"Pin The Tastebud On The Catfish": each contestant was given a picture of a catfish and told to add stickers to the parts of the catfish that had taste buds. Catfish have thousands of taste buds all over their body.


  1. No
  2. New York & London
  3. He'd die
  4. Five
  5. Methuselah
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