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BBC Two and BBC One panel show about quite interesting facts. 249 episodes (pilot + 17 series), 2003 - 2020. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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Series A, Episode 11 - Arts

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- Pigeons don't like going to the movies because they see the world ten times faster than humans. To them, a film is a slow slide show.

- It was once believed that a pigeon's arse could be used to suck out the poison from an adder's bite. Pigeons are the only bird that can suck.

- The ant has the largest brain in comparison to its body size of any animal. (Forfeit: Human)

- There are 8,000 species of ant.

- Soldier ants were used by the ancient Indians as stitches in operations.

- In Thailand, red ants are poured into open wounds, because they secrete an acid that acts as an antiseptic and a painkiller.

- A greasy butcher, hog snout, and Gene Pitney are all kinds of apple.

- Apples and a game played with headless goats both originated from Kazakhstan.

- Both Ulysses S. Grant and John Prescott have both been arrested for speeding and have won interesting prizes. Grant won a prize for taming a pony in a circus. As a boy, the Prescott family won second prize for being "The most typical family in Britain" in 1951. However, they should have won first prize because the winning family was found to have been distantly related to the organiser of the competition.

General Ignorance

- The largest living thing on Earth is the honey mushroom. (Forfeit: Blue whale; Giant redwood)

- The first man to claim that the Earth goes around the Sun was Aristarchus. (Forfeit: Copernicus)

- Apart from other humans, the animal that kills more human beings than any other is the hippopotamus.

- Tangent: A hippopotamus's breath is so bad that it is used as part of its weaponry. George Washington had hippopotamus false teeth.

- The telephone was invented by Antonio Meucci.

Deleted Scenes

- Turkey eats more apples than any other country in world, with Germany second. The UK is lowest consumer of apples in Europe, but eats more bananas than any other country in the world. The banana is the most traded object in supermarkets.


- Richard E. Grant: 12 points
- Linda Smith: 5 points
- Bill Bailey: -2 points
- Alan Davies: -18 points

Broadcast details

Thursday 20th November 2003
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    Linda Smith Guest
    Richard E. Grant Guest
    Production team
    Ian Lorimer Director
    John Lloyd Producer
    Phil Clarke Executive Producer
    Richard Everton Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer
    Samantha Ball Researcher
    Adam Jacot de Boinod Researcher
    Sophie Johnstone Researcher
    Molly Oldfield Researcher
    Adam King Researcher

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