- the festival lasted 25 days;
- it included more than 55,0000 performances;
- that comprised 3548 different shows.
The shows themselves are of many different types, including theatre, dance, circus and music. But the largest section of the festival is comedy, and performers compete for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards – formerly known as the Perrier Award – which is given to the best comedy show on the fringe.
A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, “Yes, of course. That’s 20 cows.”
Confession: the joke is really based on arithmetic rather than Statistics.