Stephen Fry hosts QI, a British quiz show. It has two teams of two comedians each, and Stephen Fry is the quiz master. The questions are obscure, and points are awarded for interesting answers, whether or not they are right, or even relate to the original question. Points are deducted for answers which are “not only wrong, but pathetically obvious,” – mostly answers that are believed to be true, but are not. Some panellists end up with negative scores. All on a completely arbitrary basis.
It’s very amusing, just the thing for a light half hour of TV before heading off to bed. Currently it’s showing on ABC 1 at 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings. One of the questions last night was: “Why are women good at fishing?” There was all sorts of banter, and eventually one of the panellists offered an explanation based on pheromones. “Wrong,” said Fry. Apparently it was an urban / rural myth. Then the conversation moved on to women being the best fishers in the UK, based on the biggest fish having been caught by women, rather than men. Whatever. But Fry said something to the effect of:
Why do we have to go around looking for an explanation about women being good at fishing? Why do we have to think there’s something special about them? Couldn’t it just be that they are good at fishing?
Just so. And well said.