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45817.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:07 pm Reply with quote

hi i'm new! :-D

um, what happens if an answer is wrong?

i've been watching repeats on uktv gold (back to back, yay!) and in the first series there was a question as to how many moons the earth has. alan said one, as you would (!), and it was a clanger. the answer given was two, with the second being Cruithne. However, a 30-second google tells me that Cruithne is NOT a moon, because although it has a 1:1 orbit around the earth, it is not gravitationally bound to the earth.

bad elves. boo. >:-(


45818.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:21 pm Reply with quote

Could it be that Google facts are more recent than UKTV Gold facts?

Just wondering...

45829.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:55 pm Reply with quote

A quick google also reveals that Elvis lives on the Moon, of course.

Our research path

gerontius grumpus
45837.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:32 pm Reply with quote

How is Cruithne pronounced and which language is it taken from?

I don't remember the answer on the programme but I remember 1 being the forfeit answer.

QI Individual
45839.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:43 pm Reply with quote

This subject has been discussed several times before. One earlier thread is Here.

gerontius grumpus
45863.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:43 pm Reply with quote

Thanks QII.

45869.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:59 pm Reply with quote

Didn't the show say the number dropped back because of 'Crueenya' (and maybe others) having sort of a parallel orbit rather than going the earth? Or was it a dream?

45888.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 8:51 pm Reply with quote

The second series had a question about other Earth co-orbitals, and made the point that Cruithne isn't strictly a moon. In fact we penalised Alan for saying "two" because the correct answer is either more or less than two, depending on how you define 'moon', but definitely not two.

45892.  Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:18 pm Reply with quote

That was just cruel :)


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