Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Translation on QI

On Stephen Fry’s wonderful QI, on the episode about “Inequality”, he recently mentioned that Louis Pasteur so hated the Germans after the Franco-Prussian war, that he would never allow his work to be translated to German. That then influenced the beer industry. See how translation crops up in the unlikeliest of places?


Andrew Shields said...

Have you fact-checked him on this one? :-)

B.J. Epstein said...

Haha, I should have done. Somehow when Stephen Fry says something, you just believe he knows what he's talking about!

Best wishes,

Andrew Shields said...

The other day, I stumbled across a Blackadder episode set during World War One, and Fry played a general who gave the impression that he had no idea what he was talking about! :-)