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    This clip is from QI Series E, Episode 5, 'Europe' with Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus, David Mitchell and Dara Ó Briain.

Comments • 59

  • Saffron Horizon
    Saffron Horizon 29 days ago

    These old clips never get old

  • Q Will
    Q Will Month ago

    @18:10 - mt Everest is 18,000. + Feet ,
    Wrong it's 27-28,000 + feet
    8450 metre

    • Q Will
      Q Will Month ago

      @DrZaius3141 he said a land rover drove on top mt Everest , which a high mountains 18510 feet

    • DrZaius3141
      DrZaius3141 Month ago +1

      They aren't talking about Everest. Maybe try watching it again.

  • metalgeared5
    metalgeared5 Month ago

    My student loan debt.

  • manfrombritain
    manfrombritain Month ago +1

    1:54 interestingly, asthmatics tend to do BETTER than others with altitude. Same with smokers.

    • manfrombritain
      manfrombritain Month ago

      @DrZaius3141 thats interesting - my "asthma" only ever really seemed to happen in summer... when i also have hayfever. I never knew it could be related to that, the doctors certainly never said so. it explains a lot

    • DrZaius3141
      DrZaius3141 Month ago

      @manfrombritain From some quick research it seems that with asthma it depends on what's causing it. If it's cause by pollen, you're lucky. Not many of those little buggers around at high altitude - so there's where you actually benefit. For most forms it's neutral, some detrimental.
      When it comes to smoking, the only "source" I was able to find was a blog that is full with unsourced pro-smoking "wah-wah, everyone discriminates against smokers" garbage, so I'm going to call BS on that.

      Whenever it comes to smoking we have to factor one important thing in: everyone knows that smoking is bad, but it's addicitive so many people simply can't quit. In order to have an easier time living with themselves, they eat up and perpetuate all the pro-smoking propaganda that is put out there in droves by the tobacco lobby. Can't really blame people for it, but if you want to be intellectually honest about it, you can't ignore that factor.

    • manfrombritain
      manfrombritain Month ago +1

      @Jonnytrot not sure, i think it's maybe because they're more used to going with less air intake or something. I did kili and i read this before i went
      I'm a little asthmatic so i was worried. It ended up that i was the first in my group to the summit and i seemed to have the least difficulty!

    • Jonnytrot
      Jonnytrot Month ago +1

      manfrombritain how does that work I’m interested

  • manfrombritain
    manfrombritain Month ago +1

    Damn David is pretty fat in this episode lol

  • Luis Gabriel Caetano Diniz

    2:46 I was just my heating my food in the microwave ma'am

  • Sophie Marsh
    Sophie Marsh 2 months ago +2

    Don’t get me wrong, Sandy, you’re great. But I want Stephen back now. Like, yesterday now!

  • Jo Molololo
    Jo Molololo 2 months ago

    I thought the highest mountain would be in the Urals , isnt that europe ?

    • 4ST1 S80BP
      4ST1 S80BP 2 months ago

      Jo Molololo Mt. Elbrus is just under 3x the height of the highest peak in the Urals, Mt Narodnaya

  • Hymphry R. Memebomber
    Hymphry R. Memebomber 2 months ago +3

    You bloody drones with your newspeak.
    The death rate for Everest is awful, horrible, dreadful, terrible or just bad.
    Anything but "not good".
    Just as Orwell described. There was 3 words - bad, good and not.
    Now there is only 2 - good and not. Bad has become notgood.
    Just as Orwell, in 1984, told you THEY would do this to you.

  • James Weldon
    James Weldon 2 months ago +1

    Prometheus stole fire from heaven?

  • marcustheboxman
    marcustheboxman 2 months ago

    British humor is strange

  • Orthopedic Crossfit
    Orthopedic Crossfit 2 months ago +9

    "Lead on, Wheezy!" omg. Nice one, Phil😅

  • Oli Salsero
    Oli Salsero 2 months ago

    Mount Elbrus is a volcano. So it doesn't technically count. It might want to take a measuring tape, as size doesn't count ok? So its 5.6 could be exaggerated ok? Mont Blanc's 4.8 is solid. Hard. And ready ... So there ..

  • floooooooooooooooood
    floooooooooooooooood 2 months ago +1

    My first guess would have been Mont Blanc, but I knew that because that was obviously the right answer it absolutely had to be wrong. So in lieu of knowing anything else, my second guess would have been Iceland...just all of it.

  • Sun Bull
    Sun Bull 2 months ago

    David Mitchell is looking more and more
    like Elena Kagan.

  • wmpratt2010
    wmpratt2010 2 months ago

    "What's The Highest Mountain In Europe?" That's easy, Brexit.

  • manos3790
    manos3790 2 months ago

    Etna's a volcano, not a mountain.

    • manos3790
      manos3790 2 months ago

      @Warrior Son if you fall into an active volcano, you'll be frazzled.

    • Warrior Son
      Warrior Son 2 months ago +1

      Well...if you fall into a volcano, you could still climb out. If you fall into a mountain, your stuck beneath millions of tons of rock.🤔

    • manos3790
      manos3790 2 months ago

      @Warrior Son valid point, but in topographical terms they're fairly different. I for one would rather fall into a mountain, than an active volcano.

    • Warrior Son
      Warrior Son 2 months ago +2

      Oh...is that why Kilimanjaro (a volcano) is the highest mountain in Africa? 🙄

  • MJW238
    MJW238 2 months ago

    A mountain in between France and Italy is in Europe. A mountain in the middle of Russia isn’t.

    • Dewey Dezimal
      Dewey Dezimal 2 months ago +5

      What you're saying is so adorably stupid 😊 Elbrus isn't in the middle of Russia, it's on the Russian-Georgian border and therefore (depending on the definition of Europe) still in Europe. If it was "in the middle of Russia", geographically speaking, it would indeed be not in Europe and somewhere in Siberia.

  • Stian Andreassen
    Stian Andreassen 2 months ago

    Well, the guy that just took a helicopter up to everst was the coolest guy.

  • Pete Smyth
    Pete Smyth 2 months ago +181

    Every single person that tries to climb Mt Everest dies. It's just 1/8 die as a result of trying to climb Mt Everest.

    • rudiger891
      rudiger891 28 days ago

      That number is WAY off. It's less then 1% of people who climb Everest each year die.

    • macsnafu
      macsnafu Month ago

      Hardy har har. Well done.

    • Dan Boyle
      Dan Boyle 2 months ago

      Not to be mean, but someday you'll die too.
      And so will i.
      Someday ...
      Everyone who reads this will die as well.

    • Sophie Marsh
      Sophie Marsh 2 months ago

      joejitsu034 objection your honour, asked and answered

    • joejitsu034
      joejitsu034 2 months ago

      Sophie Marsh lol why? It’s common sense

  • Cyborg1337
    Cyborg1337 2 months ago +1

    Really unfunny.... This show is so sad.

  • TheHutchy01
    TheHutchy01 2 months ago +4

    With the infinite perversity of Lady Luck though, Wheezy would be the only one to survive the expedition

  • ben cruz
    ben cruz 2 months ago +12

    Mount Epstein did not kill himself?

  • Jo Freddie
    Jo Freddie 2 months ago +12

    Sandy you really need to do some more end of video pieces! this one is getting a tad repetitive, how long have you been using it for?

    • Jo Freddie
      Jo Freddie 2 months ago

      @JNCressey Going have to change that, used to be able to scan it they changed from square to round profile pictures
      It says "I have been Touched by his Noodly Appendage"

    • JNCressey
      JNCressey 2 months ago

      What does your data matrix say?

  • Old Man
    Old Man 2 months ago

    Which is.

  • Barry Hercules
    Barry Hercules 2 months ago +2

    Smuggest couple of minutes of all time.
    Absolute Smuggery.

    • Barry Hercules
      Barry Hercules 2 months ago +1

      @dielaughing73 Who said anything about force or resistance for that matter?
      It's an observation.
      You appear to have taken it personally.
      Something about Smugness.

    • dielaughing73
      dielaughing73 2 months ago

      No-one's forcing you to watch it, fool

  • Tipperary
    Tipperary 2 months ago +8

    Nice to see the ivory coast being represented on QI for once.

    • floooooooooooooooood
      floooooooooooooooood 2 months ago

      What about "Its backwards you idiot". Suggesting that people who see it correctly as it is are idiots.

    • Rex the Royalist
      Rex the Royalist 2 months ago

      floooooooooooooooood it was 'backwards' just in a different way to how you've interpreted it

    • Rex the Royalist
      Rex the Royalist 2 months ago

      floooooooooooooooood it wasn't simply that the Irish flag was there but that it was displayed in a way that makes it's resemblance to the flag of the Ivory Coast even more obvious, he wasn't claiming an inaccuracy, he was joking about how we perceive flags with hoist-left being more typical. It was a joke about our perception of flag orientation, not about the accuracy or lack thereof of QI

    • Chris Clark
      Chris Clark 2 months ago

      @Tipperary You're the idiot. The green is at the hoist-side, so it is correct.

    • floooooooooooooooood
      floooooooooooooooood 2 months ago +1

      I don't think I have. Can you explain it to me? As I'm currently under the impression that Tipperary made a mistake and thought the flag was reversed when it wasn't and then made a joke about an inaccuracy that doesn't exist. If that's not the case then the joke is to...just reference the Ivory Coast whenever the Irish flag appears anywhere ever? I don't see the humor in that.

  • mike smith
    mike smith 2 months ago +6

    The majestic point on top of David Mitchell's head;-)

  • Eurotrash on Tour
    Eurotrash on Tour 2 months ago

    How the fuck did these university educated people not know it was Mt Elbrus?

  • Freaky Leek
    Freaky Leek 2 months ago

    Well please come on, give me a ride.

  • David Rendall
    David Rendall 2 months ago

    Would it be the Butter mountain? Ice Cream mountain? Cheese mountain?

  • Patrick Sherwood
    Patrick Sherwood 2 months ago +5


  • BandytaCzasu
    BandytaCzasu 2 months ago +149

    The highest one is obviously the Mountain of Debt.

    • Comrade Hellas
      Comrade Hellas 2 months ago

      @Medievil foreign governments, banks and private stock holders.

    • Medievil
      Medievil 2 months ago

      If everyone owes money, who is it owed to?

    • paul coy
      paul coy 2 months ago +2

      Is it the Mountain of Lies coming out of Boris Johnson's mouth?

    • Comrade Hellas
      Comrade Hellas 2 months ago


    • Jan Willem v.d. Gronden
      Jan Willem v.d. Gronden 2 months ago +4

      They call it a mountain but actually it’s an abyss...

  • Dave BB
    Dave BB 2 months ago

    Everest is NOT 18000 ft
    Its 32,000 ft

    • Martin Willett
      Martin Willett 2 months ago +8

      Pay attention. 18,510 ft is the higher of the two summits of Mount Elbrus, not Everest, which is 29,029 feet high.

  • Marc Colten
    Marc Colten 2 months ago +25

    The climbing season on Everest has nothing to do with cold. It's when the Jet Stream shifts so the punishing winds move off the summit.

    • Brant Axt
      Brant Axt 2 months ago

      The answer wasn't Everest

    • mike smith
      mike smith 2 months ago

      Nice D. Mitchell imitation.;-)

    • xGuerrillaGirlx
      xGuerrillaGirlx 2 months ago +3

      They were talking about Elbrus, no?

  • Melanie Boots
    Melanie Boots 2 months ago

    The highest mountain is a heap of cocaine.

  • Dax Hallman
    Dax Hallman 2 months ago +1

    Where would one park a land rover at the top of Mt. Everest?

    • Harry Betteridge
      Harry Betteridge 2 months ago

      Park too long there and it will cost you a liver.

    • Zzyzzyzzs
      Zzyzzyzzs 2 months ago +3

      @HaydenX Peak traffic must be horrible though.

    • Mark Frumkin
      Mark Frumkin 2 months ago

      globalHell The great American philosopher Evil Knievel once said “ if it’s possible it’s been done, it’s impossible it will be done.

    • globalHell
      globalHell 2 months ago

      Not Everest lmao. Scaling that with a land rover would be impossible

    • HaydenX
      HaydenX 2 months ago +2

      The parking lot, of course.

  • New Message
    New Message 2 months ago +2

    1 in 8 people who try to climb Everest are exactly the kind of insufferable prats we don't need, so... it all works out in the end.

  • BS Gauge
    BS Gauge 2 months ago +18

    Imagine that bird, ugh liver again!

    • paul coy
      paul coy 2 months ago

      @BS Gauge Hannibal Lecter? With some fava beans and a nice Chianti?

    • BS Gauge
      BS Gauge 2 months ago

      @paul coy right, also that is a rather specific unique punishment too. Who the hell thinks up " the liver every day for eternity " .

    • paul coy
      paul coy 2 months ago +1

      I don't think the myths ever mentioned it was a single bird, that would not be a very classy way for Zeus to act. It seems like Zeus would be punishing that bird for eternity as well. Just not cricket.

  • Bilir Kasuh
    Bilir Kasuh 2 months ago

    Ma dick

  • VladdyTheBear
    VladdyTheBear 2 months ago +42

    Probably the only QI answer I actually knew! Its an unusual feeling

    • floooooooooooooooood
      floooooooooooooooood 2 months ago +2

      As someone who supports the EU I can acknowledge that they are not the authority on Europe. Europe is more than just the EU. None of the Cauceses are even part of the EU, yet.

    • Kep
      Kep 2 months ago +1

      @bowlchamps37 The EU does not decide what the European borders are, lol. Usually Europe stops at the Urals and at the Caucasus, but they're not clear lines.

    • michael lavery
      michael lavery 2 months ago

      @Egil Sandnes Good point. Since that part of the world is out of their jurisdiction they should keep their nose out.

    • Egil Sandnes
      Egil Sandnes 2 months ago +1

      Is it really the EU that decides where Europes borders go though?

    • LeeLicious
      LeeLicious 2 months ago +1

      Me too mate, and I'm super proud of myself

  • GuanoLad
    GuanoLad 2 months ago +2

    From back when they filmed the show on a potato.

    • Matt Kennedy
      Matt Kennedy 2 months ago

      You can tell how old the episodes are by the faces of David Mitchell or Jimmy Carr.

  • Lee Fall
    Lee Fall 2 months ago +4

    Wow david was a real podger back then

  • One Two
    One Two 2 months ago +1

    And people watch the Kuntdashians...

    • KingAwesome666
      KingAwesome666 2 months ago

      @Squant So are the Kardashians.

    • Squant
      Squant 2 months ago

      Bitterness is ugly.

  • SOPARA862k
    SOPARA862k 2 months ago +7

    I've just look Elbrus up and it said it *can* be considered Europe's highest mountain as the Caucasus mountains are at the intersection of Europe and Asia, I'm just curious over the word 'can' being included there. It either is or it isn't. Is the peak of it on the Europe side of the border? If not is there at least a part of it that is in Europe which is higher than the peak of Mont Blanc? Because if not Fry/the producers are just lying in an attempt to look smart.

    • JohnyG29
      JohnyG29 2 months ago

      Yeah, typical QI. They state loads of dubious 'facts' just to try and look smart. It is only a TV show after all, so 'entertainment' is their primary concern.

    • bowlchamps37
      bowlchamps37 2 months ago

      @xGuerrillaGirlx In Germany, it´s Mont Blanc as well.

    • bowlchamps37
      bowlchamps37 2 months ago

      @HiWetcam Song contest as well as sport has nothing to do with geography. Australia also qualifies in the Asian confederation for World Cups. Isreal for European Championships.

    • HiWetcam
      HiWetcam 2 months ago +2

      Australia takes part in the Eurovision Song Contest even though it is significantly outside Europe.

    • xGuerrillaGirlx
      xGuerrillaGirlx 2 months ago

      Nothing vague about it. Many countries in Europe teach Elbrus as the tallest mountain in Europe, but clearly British schools do not. Hence none of the contestants knew it, nor the commentators of this video.

  • sourcescience
    sourcescience 2 months ago

    Damn, what a fat sack of shit David Mitchell used to be.

  • Cydonia2020
    Cydonia2020 2 months ago +5

    I was thinking Matterhorn, but then I’m just a silly Yank.

    • Trurl
      Trurl 2 months ago +2

      Matterhorn is the most beautiful one though. :D (Or the most recognizable one at least)

    • HiWetcam
      HiWetcam 2 months ago

      Thinking is good.

    • Cydonia2020
      Cydonia2020 2 months ago

      Zoë 🤣👍

    • Zoë
      Zoë 2 months ago

      Yeah well I'm English and I thought it was the Matterhorn, too 🤭

    • Cydonia2020
      Cydonia2020 2 months ago

      One Two Oh yeah? Well, our Matterhorn has a rollercoaster on it, so😝.

  • Tore-André Gurandsrud
    Tore-André Gurandsrud 2 months ago

    Apparently that Land Rover is still there...!

  • Benjamin Kettleborough
    Benjamin Kettleborough 2 months ago +2

    Finally one knew

  • TheValeyard92
    TheValeyard92 2 months ago +80

    Strictly speaking 1/1 people who try to climb Mt Everest die. It's just that 1/8 die in the attempt.

    • nagualdesign
      nagualdesign 2 months ago

      @Comrade Hellas Homo Deus:
      (Skip the 6-minute intro.)

    • Comrade Hellas
      Comrade Hellas 2 months ago

      @nagualdesign With our current technology death is inevitable, I don't believe we will gain immortality anytime soon but I strongly wish it as I believe death is the only thing that halts human further development. We will become Gods.

    • nagualdesign
      nagualdesign 2 months ago

      @Comrade Hellas Not absolutely certain. Some futurists contend that advances in medicine and technology might one day result in immortality. One of them (I think it might have been Yuval Noah Harari but I can't quite remember) has gone as far as to say that the first human to one day gain immortality may already have been born.

    • solame10101
      solame10101 2 months ago

      @Comrade Hellas Tell that to my face when ive transcended time and space.

    • Comrade Hellas
      Comrade Hellas 2 months ago

      @solame10101 death is certain I an afraid

  • Adriaan de Leeuw
    Adriaan de Leeuw 2 months ago +4

    Sorry just like the "there are no lions in India claim" no one drove a Landrover up Everest...… it was Elberus,. Panthera leo leo is a lion subspecies, which is present in West Africa, northern Central Africa and India. In West and Central Africa it is restricted to fragmented and isolated populations with a declining trajectory. It is regionally extinct in North Africa, southern Europe, and West Asia.

    • chris bingham
      chris bingham 2 months ago +1

      Yes, it could have been clearer. I played it over several times, and he could have said either but the height does give it away.

    • Adriaan de Leeuw
      Adriaan de Leeuw 2 months ago +2

      @chris bingham being hard of hearing, I heard it incorrectly, when I replayed it the comment about the height showed that. I still had trouble understanding the Mountain name though.

    • chris bingham
      chris bingham 2 months ago +3

      yes, it sounds like Everest but he meant Elbrus, being 18,510ft.

    • Magnificent Hashbrown
      Magnificent Hashbrown 2 months ago +6

      No one said that a Landrover was driven up Everest

  • Michael Kristensen
    Michael Kristensen 2 months ago +46

    Wasn't Prometheus' liver eaten by an eagle?

    • Marcus Reading
      Marcus Reading Month ago

      I doubt Prometheus was that interested in birdwatching to figure it out.

    • Data Dozier
      Data Dozier 2 months ago

      These myths get translated differently. And just changed from one bird to another.
      The species of bird may change in the telling.

    • João Lima
      João Lima 2 months ago

      @deekat3279 I tried my best for you guys to understand my irony. I failed I am sorry.

    • Ingo Zachos
      Ingo Zachos 2 months ago

      @erik drost yes, as he was divinal.

    • Silvers John
      Silvers John 2 months ago +1

      This topic shifted to unproductive fast... depending on the sources (one of which is Stephen's own book "Mythos"), Zeus intended to use eagles, but since Prometheus believed he did the right thing and did not repent, Zeus decided that eagles were to good for him, so he turned them to vultures. As for the liver, part of the explanation is that Titans are, like Gods and other primordial beings, immortal, therefore his side and liver would regenerate till the next day, and he would suffer the same fate in perpetuity

  • CaptHayfever
    CaptHayfever 2 months ago +37

    Too bad there are no mountains in Amsterdam; surely one there would be the highest.

    • Regis
      Regis 2 months ago

      @woro Nope. There are three islands that are part of the Netherlands, as in the European country. Then there are more that are only part of the Kingdom. Saba is literally a municipality of the Netherlands, not just an overseas territory.

    • fisher king
      fisher king 2 months ago

      @Regis That's like saying Kilimanjaro is in Europe because Tanzania is in the British Commonwhealth

    • Jimmy Timmy
      Jimmy Timmy 2 months ago

      You surely deserve as harsh a punishment as Prometheus for that one.

    • woro
      woro 2 months ago

      @Regis It's part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, of which the Netherlands are a separate part.

    • CaptHayfever
      CaptHayfever 2 months ago +1

      @One Two: Finally somebody got the joke!

  • Williamus Rex
    Williamus Rex 2 months ago

    Define Europe. Are we really saying that Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in Europe? Then, by that geographical definition, Iran and Itaq are in Europe. Utterly stupid.

  • Miguel M
    Miguel M 2 months ago +81

    I knew this one, it can be called Europe's roof.
    Didn't remember that it was supposedly the prometheus one.
    My father enjoys climbing and the info around it. Nice clip

    • GemSignor Plays
      GemSignor Plays Month ago

      I'm actually going to Georgia in few month and so far what I read... It seems they are saying it about every mountain there...

    • Miguel M
      Miguel M 2 months ago

      @Nikita Mukhin how cool :D
      But I guess it is kind of hard to cover it

    • Nikita Mukhin
      Nikita Mukhin 2 months ago +2

      Funnily, I can see it every day at home. A really cool view

  • SevenMagpies
    SevenMagpies 2 months ago +94

    "A Land Rover drove to the top of Mt. Everest" ? What?
    Now I happen to have a Land Rover, and I admit I'm unreasonably proud of it. But really!
    Oh ... Mt.Elbrus. Well obviously.

    • Unicr0nNidAaz
      Unicr0nNidAaz Month ago

      @Simon T ???

    • Guinness
      Guinness 2 months ago

      David Tuttle you can drive on it and you're not gonna find anything better up there. Besides, the aussies have the same thing in large swathes of their country going through the outback etc, they call them unsurfaced roads

    • Guinness
      Guinness 2 months ago

      michael lavery yes but they do exist

    • michael lavery
      michael lavery 2 months ago

      @Guinness I think I have seen mountain roads of the type you are referring to. I imagine they follow equal contours as far as possible. Still would be an enormous undertaking.

    • David Tuttle
      David Tuttle 2 months ago +1

      @Guinness calling those goat paths roads is bit generous.

  • Keith Whitty
    Keith Whitty 2 months ago +12

    To short. TheXvid isn't just for adverts.

    • Squant
      Squant 2 months ago

      Using Adblock is merely a sign someone isn't savvy enough to have switched to uBlock Origin.

    • 1969Kismet
      1969Kismet 2 months ago

      @One Two I know!
      Do you want me to explain to you how an adblocker works or should I just cry silently in shame until my brains come back?

    • One Two
      One Two 2 months ago +2

      This was a great thread

    • Keith Whitty
      Keith Whitty 2 months ago

      @1969Kismet all cool

    • 1969Kismet
      1969Kismet 2 months ago +1

      @Keith Whitty Don't mind me, I'm sugar starved and my brains have just left for a better place. Sorry, mate.

  • Sam Saffron
    Sam Saffron 2 months ago +15

    Gotta love Phil

    • Falcon Powerful
      Falcon Powerful 2 months ago +3

      Not at all, I can’t find him funny

    • Sam Saffron
      Sam Saffron 2 months ago +2

      @Charlie Tuff Yes! I heard that on the most recent episode. How amazing is that?!

    • Charlie Tuff
      Charlie Tuff 2 months ago

      Did you know that his daughter is now a researcher (elf) on QI? It's true!

  • Harrison Clark
    Harrison Clark 2 months ago +20

    Dara the mime