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Friday, 22 July 2011

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Cruithne just happens to be orbiting the sun at the same speed as Earth

The popular BBC2 comedy quiz show, QI has been slammed as "Less accurate than Wikipedia, and that's saying something!" by polymath Polly Glott.

Glott is widely regarded by herself as an expert on more subjects than any other person on Earth.

"My nickname at University was Circle because I already had so many degrees," said Glott. "So I know what I'm talking about."

Glott has pointed out the wide variety of mistakes made by the quiz show from trying to claim that the Near Earth asteroid Cruithne is a second natural satellite of Earth (it isn't) to the claim that the Welsh have no word for 'blue' (it is glas).

"Although they say that QI stands for 'Quite Interesting'," said Glott. "It should stand for 'Quite Inaccurate'. They claimed Florence Nightingale created the pie chart, which must have had William Playfair turning in his grave.

Stephen Fry, the Cambridge Educated cerebral comedian host of the show, believes that Glott's attack is unwarranted.

"Scarcely a week goes by when we don't receive a letter from Ms Glott," said Fry. "In the one week we didn't make a single mistake, she wrote in to correct my pronunciation of gallimaufry. We have a team of researchers who do their best, but there will be occasional mistakes. In general, though, they do a very good job. Cruithne may not be a natural satellite of Earth, and may have been discovered in 1986 not 1997, but prior to the show, the general populace had not heard of it. Now they have."

Fry is believed to be compiling a book. Not about QI, it is about the origins of fish paste.

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