Surely somebody's rung the doorbell and gone,

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That house would make a very good advent calendar.0:12:26 0:12:29
Yes, it would.
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Imagine that. A huge chocolate behind...
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LAUGHTER
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Scare the life out of the children!
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Surely somebody's rung the doorbell and gone, "By the way, they've repealed the window tax."
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But other countries have chosen other strange taxes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ERs9393q9s
(At 10:58)


Hi! I'm watching QI British TV show. And I couldn't understand their joke.
They started talking about the facade of the house, I suppose.
And the woman says the facade look would make a good advent calendar photo, and the man says a joke.
What I couldn't understand is from "Scare the life out of the children".
I can't get the logic behind scaring the children and the advent calendar photo.
And I can't understand "Surely..." part.

Thank you for reading!
 

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It doesn't say "advent calendar photo." It says "advent calendar."

Do you know what an advent calendar is?

"Scare the life out of" just means "scare."
 

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To understand the "surely..." part, you have to know what the window tax was, which isn't difficult because they spend quite some time talking about it.
The white house in the picture has a number of windows bricked up. The surely comment is funny because the tax was repealed over a hundred and fifty years ago, but the windows still haven't been opened up.
 

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The video isn't available to me - I get this message: "This video contains content from BBTV_Fremantle, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

Buttocks often feature prominently in British humor. This can be baffling for people from other cultures. I imagine the speaker was going to say "A huge chocolate behind the flaps" or something, but got interrupted after "behind" which is a euphemism for "buttocks". The children would be frightened at the site of such an unexpected item as a chocolate "behind".

At least in AmE, the noun behind is emphasized on the first syllable, unlike the preposition and adverb.
 
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