If you’re running out of questions for your next Zoom quiz or the conversation is running a little dry with friends or family, No Such Thing as a Fish may be just what you need.
Hosted by QI’s question researchers, also known as the QI Elves, the podcast has enlivened people’s commutes since it launched in 2014, with a weekly dose of unbelievable facts and stories that didn’t make the series.
In each episode, researchers James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber discuss the best pieces of trivia they’ve come across that week.
Learn and laugh your way through some of the world’s most mind-boggling facts. These include the conclusion that at least 61 species live in an elephant’s footprint, the Big Bang was quieter than a Motörhead concert, rats were once the size of hippos and the most dangerous job in Britain is – yes, you guessed it – a hairdresser.
The podcast title comes from the “fact”, unveiled in a QI episode, that there is no scientific basis for describing a disparate multitude of unrelated sea creatures as “fish”. That was the conclusion of biologist Stephen Jay Gould, who spent a lifetime studying sea creatures.
The podcast has spawned its own TV spin-off, No Such Thing as the News, multiple live tours and a series of books filled with the world’s weirdest news.
With more than 300 episodes, No Such Thing as a Fish will help keep you entertained through long days in isolation.