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BBC Two and BBC One panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 231 episodes (pilot + 16 series), 2003 - 2019. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Another series is in development.
Series O, Episode 1 is repeated on Friday at 9:45pm.

Series A, Episode 2 - Astronomy

Further details

Astronomy - Cruithne.


- The number of people killed by sharks since records began is equal to just five per cent of the number of toilet-related injuries in the USA in 1996.

- Both tigers and weasels make a "Fuff" sound when they attack.

- Tangent: The national symbol of Croatia is the weasel.

- The best way to escape from a polar bear is to remove one's clothing, piece-by-piece, and leaving it on the ground while backing away.

- An alligator can be rendered helpless by placing a rubber band over its jaws.

- The Earth has two moons. Cruithne is an asteroid sometimes described as Earth's second moon. (Forfeit: One) Correction: Since 2006, Cruithne has been classified not to be a moon. In In Series B it was claimed that the number was between one and five moons. In Series K it was revealed that there are now about 18,000 "mini moons" as defined by NASA.

- 90% of the Universe is unaccounted for; it is believed to be made of dark matter.

- Tangent: Claims that "Ikea" stores have no windows to decrease customers' awareness of the passage of time.

- The colour of the Universe is beige.

- There are eight planets in the Solar System. Pluto does not meet the usual criteria for classification as a planet. (Forfeit: Nine)

- Tangent: William James' exchange with a woman who believed the Earth was balanced on top of a giant turtle, on top of another turtle, and so on into infinity.

General Ignorance

- "Krung Thep" is an abbreviation of the proper name for the capital of Thailand. (Forfeit: Bangkok)

- No brides walk down the aisle of a church; they walk down the central passageway. The aisle is down the side of the church.

- The earliest known soup was made from hippopotamus.

- No man-made objects can be seen from the Moon with the naked eye. (Forfeit: Great Wall of China)

Deleted Scenes

- An adder's bite is no more dangerous to that of a wasp. The last recorded death from an adder's bite was that of a 5-year-old girl in 1977.


- Rich Hall and Jeremy Hardy: 20 points
- Bill Bailey: 5 points
- Alan Davies: -30 points

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th September 2003
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    Rich Hall Guest
    Jeremy Hardy Guest
    Production team
    Ian Lorimer Director
    John Lloyd Producer
    Phil Clarke Executive Producer
    Nick King Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer
    Samantha Ball Researcher
    Adam Jacot de Boinod Researcher
    Sophie Johnstone Researcher
    Molly Oldfield Researcher

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