Putting everyday people on the spot by asking them questions they should know the answers to, but often don't. The show's questions vary by subject. The show is produced to be both entertaining and educational.

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From some of the oddest acts in traveling sideshows, to how long it takes to really feel the effects of caffeine, to the origins of wall street.

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On each episode, Schwartz asks people questions from three different subjects. The subjects include: geography, science, history, math, health, sports, the arts, and many more. Participants of On the Spot do not win prizes or have their answers tallied. The show is similar in format to that of the The Tonight Show's, "Jaywalking" segment and the show Street Smarts. After each question is asked to a number of participants, the correct answer is given along with an explanation. Written by Anonymous

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Learn A Lot. Laugh A Lot. Can you answer questions On The Spot?


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Jon Teboe edited the original unaired pilot which this series was based on. See more »

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If they can't do basic math, can they be trusted on ANYTHING!?
10 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I ran across this show recently while channel surfing, and found it entertaining. Yes, the format is a bit hectic, but I got used to that. I watch and read a lot of science and history and technology, so I found the show interesting and informative. It provided the sort of material I like to slip into conversations at parties and bars and such

  • little tidbits of unusual information to get conversations started.

Then a recent episode claimed that a googol is 1 to the 100th power. No, a googol is TEN to the hundredth power. One to ANY power is still one. So I stopped watching - if they can't get something as basic as that right, they can't be trusted on anything else. If I have to go verify everything they say, it's not worth the trouble to watch. Too bad.

BTW, I'm talking about a newer version than the one described here - it was episode 302, and was not man-on-the-street Q&A (which would not interest me - I know that most people are stupid) - instead it just feeds the factoids rapid-fire with supporting stories.

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