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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 3 - Aquatic Animals

Further details

Aquatic Animals - Blue Whale.


- The longest animal is in the world is the Lion's Mane Jellyfish, as described in the Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Lion's Mane. (Forfeit: Blue Whale) Correction: The longest animal in the world is in fact the bootlace worm. See Series C, Episode 10.

- Tangent: You can cure a jellyfish sting by urinating on it. Correction: Urinating on a jellyfish sting can actually make it worse. It can contain harmful bacteria as it passes through the urethra.

- Tangent: Lord Mackay of Clashfern and his apparent meanness with honey.

- Blue whales have small throats and can swallow nothing larger than a grapefruit. Their diet consists of eating 3 tonnes of krill every day.

- An octopus can be taught to unscrew the lids of jars and bottles. However, they forget after a day, so they have to learn it every day.

- Antarctica begins with "A", has six seas and no bees.

- AmIAnnoying.com ranks Clive Anderson as seventeen percent less annoying than Antarctica. Unlike Hans Christian Andersen, Gillian Anderson and Pamela Anderson, he is not a vegetarian.

- John Henry Anderson, the Great Wizard of the North, was the first magician to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

- Both Hans Christian Andersen and Joseph Stalin were the sons of a cobbler and a washerwoman.

- Tangent: Hans Christian Andersen is ranked less annoying than Clive Anderson on AmIAnnoying.com.

General Ignorance

- In Greek mythology, Atlas was punished by Zeus and was forced to carry the sky. (Forfeit: The World)

- Over 50% of the world's oxygen is provided by algae. (Forfeit: Trees)

- The driest place on Earth is the Dry Valleys Region of Antarctica. (Forfeit: Sahara Desert)

- The length of a day is not exactly 24 hours. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service is responsible for adding on occasional leap seconds.

Deleted Scenes

- Idi Amin declared himself King of Scotland. He also declared himself "Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and the Fishes of the Sea" and "Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and in Uganda in particular".


- Clive Anderson: 26 points
- Meera Syal: 19 points
- Bill Bailey: 10 points
- Alan Davies: -20 points


For jellyfish correction, see The Second Book of General Ignorance.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th September 2003
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    Clive Anderson Guest
    Meera Syal 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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