"Cummingtonite" is the second episode of the C Series of QI and the 26th episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 7 October 2005. It featured the first appearances of Andy Hamilton and Doon Mackichan. The episode was preceded by "Campanology" and followed by "Common Knowledge".


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

  1. Andy Hamilton (1): 5 points
  2. Doon Mackichan (1): -2 points
  3. Alan Davies (26): -4 points
  4. Arthur Smith (2): -6 points


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  • Mackichan swam the Channel in 1998; Captain Webb was the first man to do so in 1875, he was smothered in goose–fat in order to insulate himself.
  • Cummingtonite is a mineral discovered at Cummington, Massachusetts. Other comedy compounds include Penguinone, Arsole and Moronic acid.
  • Deep-fried Mars Bars do exist and are not an urban myth. The deep-fried pork sausage kebab, found in Glasgow, contains 1000 calories and 46g of fat.
  • Ordeal by bean is an (outlawed) Nigerian tribal custom[1] whereby accused individuals are forced to eat a lethal strain of bean called the Calabar bean.
  • A hairdresser called Big Beard Wang regularly shaved his pussy, because his pussy was Chairman Mao. ("Mao" is Chinese for "cat".)
  • According to one survey, the age people would most like to be is 17, however a later survey showed that 100% of people disagreed with this. From a man's point of view, a woman's perfect age is said to be half his own plus seven.

General IgnoranceEdit

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  • How big is a platypus?[2] - A platypus, technically speaking, is a genus of beetle, not to be confused with a duck-billed platypus. The latter has no nipples, but instead sweats milk.
  • A dialogue does not have any limits[3] to how many people can take part. Two people have to take part in a duologue.
  • The Queen's handbag contains some money, a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact and some lipstick.


Contestants were offered the chance to gain 50 points by breaking a glass by singing, which is possible but incredibly difficult. Alan Davies managed to break his glass, but Fry revealed that Davies had been given sugar glass.


  1. Mr Bean
  2. About this big - Alan
  3. Two

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