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5th Dec '16 8:58:43 AM dmcreif
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* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_2KUXDACoU this sketch]] on ''Series/MrShow''; prospective employers are interviewing a job applicant and putting him through a lie detector test. It starts with basic questions (like "Have you ever drank alcohol to excess?" or "Have you ever taken an illegal drug?"), but they're soon flummoxed when the applicant - who answers everything in the affirmative - begins confessing to the most ludicrous things, including being addicted to every hard drug known to man, stealing 'space plans' from NASA, killing a man with his mind, and eating a train piece by piece after first derailing it with his penis. All the while, the lie detector is silent, indicating that he is telling nothing but the truth. [[spoiler: Eventually, the employers - who are revealed to be the operators of a shoe store - give him a job, and the applicant claims that he loves shoes - BUZZZT!]]

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* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_2KUXDACoU this sketch]] on ''Series/MrShow''; prospective employers are interviewing a job applicant and putting him through a lie detector test. It starts with basic questions (like "Have you ever drank alcohol to excess?" or "Have you ever taken an illegal drug?"), but they're soon flummoxed when the applicant - who answers everything in the affirmative - begins confessing to the most ludicrous things, including being addicted to every hard drug known to man, stealing 'space plans' from NASA, killing a man with his mind, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and eating a train piece by piece after first derailing it with his penis.penis]] (for charity). All the while, the lie detector is silent, indicating that he is telling nothing but the truth. [[spoiler: Eventually, the employers - who are revealed to be the operators of a shoe store - give him a job, and the applicant claims says that he loves shoes - BUZZZT!]]
14th Nov '16 6:25:44 AM DaibhidC
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': Michael uses a cube which flashes green when someone tells the truth and red when they lie when investigating Eleanor.
13th Nov '16 12:35:40 PM Eddy1215
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* The British sketch comedy series ''The Russ Abbott Show'' had a sketch where the police tries to use a new kind of lie detector, which notices the lies by testing the voice and the suspect doesn't have to be attached to it. The interrogator ends up embarrassing himself when the machine buzzes at ''his'' lies ("I'm a very busy man!" "I am not a man to use violence!""I can't be bought!")

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* The British sketch comedy series ''The Russ Abbott Show'' had a sketch where the police tries to use a new kind of lie detector, which notices the lies by testing the voice and the suspect doesn't have to be attached to it. The interrogator ends up embarrassing himself when the machine buzzes at ''his'' lies ("I'm a very busy man!" "I am not a man to use violence!""I violence!" "I can't be bought!")
13th Nov '16 3:59:39 AM Aquila89
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Head in the Polls", Nixon's head is put under a "truthoscope" during the presidential debate. Cue flop sweat.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Head in the Polls", Nixon's head is put under a "truthoscope" during the presidential debate. Cue flop sweat.sweat when he's asked whether he'd take candy from a small child.
--> Uhh... well, the question is vague. You don't say what kind of candy, or... whether anyone is watching... In any case, I certainly wouldn't harm the child. ''(Truth-o-scope goes nuts)''
13th Nov '16 3:57:22 AM Aquila89
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* The British sketch comedy series ''The Russ Abbott Show'' had a sketch where the police tries to use a new kind of lie detector, which notices the lies by testing the voice and the suspect doesn't have to be attached to it. The interrogator ends up embarrassing himself when the machine buzzes at ''his'' lies ("I'm a very busy man!" "I am not a man to use violence!""I can't be bought!")
1st Oct '16 3:31:15 AM StarTropes
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* One episode of ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' features a gadget called the "liar card" which acts like a phone version of a polygraph, telling you if the person you're talking to is lying. Of course, it also gives you the ability to lie to the other person with a fake phone number and/or a fake voice (which sounds like the classic "ransom demand" voice, for whatever reason); several commentators point out how morally gray this is.
19th Sep '16 6:28:28 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''OnAPaleHorse'', Luna and Zane hold Truthstones (which glow when someone lies) while discussing sensitive personal matters.

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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''OnAPaleHorse'', ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', Luna and Zane hold Truthstones (which glow when someone lies) while discussing sensitive personal matters.
5th Sep '16 4:20:07 PM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Tailor's Dummy", TV presenter Carla, who is preparing to host a talk show with a LieDetector as the gimmick, uses it to prove to Jonathan she's happy in her marriage with the show's director. It announces she's lying. Later the director (who doesn't know about this) admits to Jonathan that it's completely random.

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* In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Tailor's Dummy", TV presenter Carla, who is preparing to host a talk show with a LieDetector lie detector as the gimmick, uses it to prove to Jonathan she's happy in her marriage with the show's director. It announces she's lying. Later the director (who doesn't know about this) admits to Jonathan that it's completely random.


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* A recurring theme in ''ComicStrip/SlylockFox'' is an apparently infallible lie detector which detects the actual truth of a statement rather than intent to deceive, leaving Slylock (and the reader) to explain how the criminals have used ExactWords to get round it.
14th Aug '16 9:45:58 AM Eddy1215
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** In "The Springfield Files" (FakeCrossover with ''Series/TheXFiles''), Agent Scully hooks Homer up to a lie detector and explains how it works. When she asks him if he understands what she's told him, Homer says yes and the machine explodes.

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** In "The Springfield Files" (FakeCrossover with ''Series/TheXFiles''), Agent Scully hooks Homer up to a lie detector and explains how it works. When she asks him if he understands what she's told him, [[EpicFail Homer says yes and the machine explodes.explodes]].
29th Jul '16 7:21:27 PM dmcreif
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* The fifth season premiere of ''Series/TheWire''.

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* The fifth season premiere of ''Series/TheWire''.''Series/TheWire'' opens with Bunk Moreland and a bunch of other detectives using the above-mentioned photocopier trick to trip up a suspect.
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