Ben Fogle is one of the UK’s most fearless adventurers, but is he man enough for the FHM Bloke Test?
01 WHAT'S THE BIGGEST THING YOU'VE EVER SET ON FIRE?
A burning man. Not a real man: one made of straw. We built it on an island in Scotland and it was about 20ft high.
02 HAVE YOU EVER SHAVED PART OF YOUR BODY OTHER THAN YOUR FACE?
I’ve had my chest shaved daily for ECGs [heart monitors] when I had a flesh-eating disease. Otherwise I just shave my face, and as little as I can.
03 HAVE YOU EVER THROWN A PUNCH AND MISSED?
Frank Bruno trained me to box once. I ended up having a fight with Sid Owen. There were plenty of thrown punches that missed their targets, even with his large face, but I hit it enough times to win.
04 HAVE YOU EVER CRIED WHEN THE PEOPLE FROM BROKEN HOMES SING REALLY WELL ON THE X FACTOR?
Any sort of sad, moving story always brings a lump to my throat. I even cried at the John Lewis advert at Christmas.
05 HAVE YOU EVER PUT YOUR PENIS THROUGH YOUR LEGS AND PRETENDED TO BE A GIRL?
I can’t say I’ve done that but who knows what I got up to when I was younger? I may have to try it later.
06 HAVE YOU EVER HAD A POO WITH SOMEONE ELSE IN THE ROOM?
Not just in the same room; I’ve pooed in a bucket next to someone else. I spent many, many weeks in a very small boat with [Olympic rower] James Cracknell and we had to poo in front of each other and throw it over the side of a boat. I wouldn’t do it in front of my wife, though.
07 HAVE YOU EVER SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME TALKING TO AN ANIMAL?
I spend most of my life talking to animals. I sing to cows while I’m milking them and I’ve spent a lot of time talking to camels. When my dog was still around, I spent a lot of time talking to her too.
08 WHAT DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR TOAST?
I eat toast plain. Occasionally, if I really want to jazz it up, I might put a bit of Marmite on it.
09 HAVE YOU EVER FIRED A GUN?
I was once out in the desert with a gun collector and got to fire every kind of gun you could imagine. AK47s, shotguns, pistols, Glocks. You name it. It turns out I’m a good shot.
10 WHAT'S THE BIGGEST SANDWICH YOU'VE EVER MADE?
When I was younger, I could eat a whole loaf in under 20 minutes. And I’ve definitely had a five-decker, pickled onion crisp sandwich before.
11 HAVE YOU EVER HAD A SPECTACULARLY SUCCESSFUL SESSION OF DIY?
I’m terrible at DIY. I have to get people to help me hang pictures.
12 HAVE YOU EVER RESCUED AN ANIMAL?
I’ve rescued lots of animals through my work, and I’ve saved rabbits from the road and fish tangled up in nets. I once rescued a shark that had been tangled up by a net in Namibia.
13 HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT, HOWEVER BRIEFLY, THAT YOU MIGHT BE JESUS?
No, but I did have my drink spiked with acid recently and I thought I was Superman. I’ve also hallucinated that I was a dolphin through dehydration.
14 DO YOU IRON YOUR SOCKS AND/OR UNDERWEAR?
I don’t even iron my shirts, unless it’s for a wedding or important dinner. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time.
15 HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A RAW EGG?
Including the shell? I’ve definitely eaten a lot of raw eggs but never with the shell.
TOTAL SCORE: 12/15
Acid trips? Punching Sid Owen’s giant face? Pooing in buckets? What a life you’ve led, Fogle. Keep it up and, one day, you could top this manly quiz.
Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild starts January 31 at 9pm on Channel 5.
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