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BBC Two and BBC One and BBC Four panel show about quite interesting facts. 283 episodes (pilot + 19 series), 2003 - 2021. 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

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