EPISODE 282 – coriander* IS the Stephen Fry of herbs


What would YOU like to be buried in, listeners? A solid gold sarcophagus? A Zorb ball? A burlap sack? Contemplate this issue whilst listening to Answer Me This! Episode 282:

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In which we discuss:

coffins vs caskets
coriander* vs carbonara
statues vs sculptures**
Leonardo DiCaprio vs Norman Lamont
sweaty sportswear
Americano coffee
Lincoln Logs
film soundtracks
sexy parrots
Jesse Honey vs flags of the world
the price of Lego
Ron Mueck
an update to the Mastermind chair?

Plus: Olly probably doesn’t want to be served up as a snack at his own wake; Helen will be a posthumous pedant, OF COURSE; and Martin the Sound Man, MPhys, DPhil, doesn’t have a specialist subject on Mastermind, unless you can spin a whole round out of turning One Direction into physics references. Which seems quite possible, actually.

In this week’s Bit of Crap on the App, Olly invents a new game, even better than Lego, even better than Lincoln Logs. What, what, what incredible passtime can this be? Find out on your iDevices, Android and Windows.

We invite you to aid questioneer Brian by naming this tune:

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We finally invite you to rejoin us in a fortnight for AMT283,

Helen & Olly

* Translation for our American chums: cilantro
** Find out more about Helen growing up with a sculptor for a dad in episode 300 of the super Little Atoms podcast.

AMT282 Child-Friendly Rating: 76%. A couple of F-bombs, but other than that, fairly clear of saucy language. Elevated discussions of sculpture, coffins and Mastermind. Less elevated discussions of sweaty sports bras. Remember, parents: light and shade, light and shade.


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11 Responses to “EPISODE 282 – coriander* IS the Stephen Fry of herbs”

  1. Clare Says:

    On the subject of Mastermind: my brother-in-law, Richard Smyth, was a finalist in 2008 and now does some freelance work writing questions for the specialist subject rounds. They are meticulously researched – each has to be backed up by two separate sources – and the rule seems to be that the easier/narrower the subject, the harder the questions.

  2. James C. Says:

    Lincoln Logs are American, invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, and, according to the official history, named after Abraham Lincoln.

  3. McTodd Says:

    Much as I enjoy your show, I’m going to have to disagree about the first film soundtrack music to be released on record: it wasn’t ‘Snow White’ in 1938, but music from the British science fiction spectacular ‘Things To Come’, released on three 78s by Decca in February 1936:

    I actually have two sets of these records and sometimes play them on a wind-up HMV gramophone to annoy the neighbours…

  4. John Thomas Says:

    In the US, cilantro is an herb (ie. leaves and stems, possibly also including roots), coriander is a spice composed of the seeds of that herb.

    So… If coriander is an herb in the UK, what are it’s seeds called?

    Thanks and cheers!

  5. Iz Says:


  6. Iz Says:

    What, pray tell, is “foly” I heard you mention it when discussing soundtracks and I have no idea what it is. Thank you.

  7. Helen Zaltzman Says:

    Good work everybody! First to name that tune was Mark on Twitter, not that it’s a contest. You’re all winners.

  8. like the man said Says:

    From 30seconds on, sounds pretty similar. Nice one Donna!

  9. Cliff Says:

    According to my friend Donna, Brian’s tune is the theme from Play School.

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