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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 8 - Albania

Further details

CB Fry.


- Elephants can become drunk by eating fruit which ferments in their stomachs. Correction: This is a myth. The fruit they eat does not ferment in their stomachs. The only way an elephant can get drunk is to have an alcoholic drink.

- A "Bradford" is a cocktail that is shaken, not stirred. The "Vesper" cocktail was invented in Casino Royale.

- Tangent: There is a type of cocktail called a "Blowjob". It is made with either Drambuie or Bailey's, with whipped cream on the top and served in a shooter glass. You are not allowed to use your hands to drink it.

- C. B. Fry could jump backwards onto a mantelpiece from a standing position without losing his balance, held the world long-jump record, played in an F.A. cup final, could speak several languages, and was offered the throne of Albania, but turned it down.

- Tangent: It is possible to jump across a canal by using weights and skimming across.

- The Albanian language has several words for eyebrows. A Vetullushe is goat with brown eyebrows.

- The "Pink fairy" is a type of armadillo. The "Green Fairy" is a nickname for absinthe.

- Benjamin Franklin thought it would be a good idea to find a way to stop flatulence from smelling bad.

- Tangent: Franklin was not allowed to draft the U.S. constitution for fear he would jokes in it.

- The first processed food sold by H. J. Heinz in 1869 was horseradish. (Forfeit: Tomato Ketchup; Baked Beans)

General Ignorance

- Fingernails and hair do not grow after you die. The skin tightens creating the illusion of growth.

- Bananas come from an herb. (Forfeit: Trees)

- Tangent: Banana plants walk up to 40 centimetres in a lifetime.

- A "Lili" is the offspring of a liger and a lion. A "Titi" is the offspring of a tigon and a tiger.

- The phrase, "Survival of the fittest" was invented by Herbert Spencer, who also invented the paper clip. (Forfeit: Charles Darwin)


- Clive Anderson: 37 points
- Linda Smith: 30 points
- Sean Lock: 25 points
- Alan Davies: -30 points


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

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th October 2003
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Clive Anderson Guest
    Linda Smith Guest
    Sean Lock 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
    Adam King Researcher

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