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15th Feb '17 11:01:12 AM Odacon_Spy
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-->'''Penn''': If you believe they work they work, if you don't they don't. You hardly ever hear that about penicillin.

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-->'''Penn''': If you believe they work they work, if they work. If you don't don't, they don't. You hardly ever hear that about penicillin.
20th Jan '17 3:39:19 PM Jeduthun
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* Spoofed several times in ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'':
** In [[https://xkcd.com/790/ this strip]] the narrator confesses that he {{troll}}s scientific studies by secretly giving LSD to the control group, "[[AltText which, at one point]], led to a study showing that LSD produces no more hallucinations than a placebo."
** [[https://xkcd.com/1462/ This strip]] points out that while the placebo effect works well with things such as pills, it's a little harder to apply to scientific studies of, say, sexual activity.
** [[https://xkcd.com/1526/ This strip]] demonstrates the LogicBomb that results from trying to apply UsefulNotes/TheScientificMethod to a study of the placebo effect: how can you run a valid experiment if you have to use placebos to make a [[NoControlGroup control group]]?


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* This actually plays a role in genuine scientific research, since clinical trials for drugs usually involve a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinded_experiment double-blind study]], in which half of the participants are given placebos to serve as a [[UsefulNotes/TheScientificMethod control group]]. For a drug to be approved, it has to perform demonstrably better than the placebo, as presumably a drug that works no better than a placebo is itself a placebo.
20th Jan '17 3:20:30 PM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie. Compare AllNaturalSnakeOil and SpiceRackPanacea for "natural" remedies that often prove to be placebos.
24th Sep '16 10:44:11 AM Jeduthun
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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter.

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See MagicFeather in terms of the plot. A more realistic version of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Related to BrandNamesAreBetter. If the person prescribing the placebo knows it's fake, it may be a MotivationalLie.
18th Jun '16 4:17:44 PM billybobfred
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* Literature/CaptainUnderpants thinks his [[KryptoniteFactor powers are neutralized]] if he's sprayed with spray starch.

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* Literature/CaptainUnderpants thinks his [[KryptoniteFactor powers are neutralized]] if he's sprayed with spray starch. So Harold and George hastily draw up a new origin story comic claiming he swallowed a powerful artifact with the ability to neutralize spray starch.
13th Jun '16 1:38:24 AM LinTaylor
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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had an episode where Dale thought the military had subjected Bill to experiments that made him gain weight, meaning they're responsible for his life going downhill. However, later on Dale mentions that the drug was named "Place-bo", which makes Hank realize that there ''was'' no drug and Bill's poor health was his own fault.
16th May '16 10:03:03 PM jormis29
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* In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutationn'', the Turtles have a recurring team of foes that once used a magic formula to enhance their abilities. The effect ended when the turtles pointed out the 'magic' was just a placebo.

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* In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutationn'', ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', the Turtles have a recurring team of foes that once used a magic formula to enhance their abilities. The effect ended when the turtles pointed out the 'magic' was just a placebo.
16th May '16 10:02:03 PM jormis29
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* One time on ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' they run out of morphine so they give the patients, many with compound fractures, sugar pills telling them it's a strong painkiller. The ploy works (though helped with ice packs and sleeping pills).

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* One time on ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' they run out of morphine so they give the patients, many with compound fractures, sugar pills telling them it's a strong painkiller. The ploy works (though helped with ice packs and sleeping pills).



* ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': Bailey uses a placebo to raise London's intelligence. [[StatusQuoIsGod After realizing that it's a placebo]], London [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome returns to normal]]. Then she [[TooDumbToLive takes]] ''[[TooDumbToLive another]]'' [[TooDumbToLive placebo]].

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* ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': Bailey uses a placebo to raise London's intelligence. [[StatusQuoIsGod After realizing that it's a placebo]], London [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome returns to normal]]. Then she [[TooDumbToLive takes]] ''[[TooDumbToLive another]]'' [[TooDumbToLive placebo]].



* In ''The Next Mutation'', the Turtles have a recurring team of foes that once used a magic formula to enhance their abilities. The effect ended when the turtles pointed out the 'magic' was just a placebo.
* Used when NewsRadio parodied FlowersForAlgernon. Joe makes Matthew a [[MagicFeather "Smart Drink"]], which works until Matthew gets smart enough to realise it's only working because he thinks it will.

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* In ''The Next Mutation'', ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutationn'', the Turtles have a recurring team of foes that once used a magic formula to enhance their abilities. The effect ended when the turtles pointed out the 'magic' was just a placebo.
* Used when NewsRadio ''Series/NewsRadio'' parodied FlowersForAlgernon. Joe makes Matthew a [[MagicFeather "Smart Drink"]], which works until Matthew gets smart enough to realise it's only working because he thinks it will.



* ''PennAndTellersBullshit'' episode "Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc." featured a man trying to explain why herbs work for some people and not for others. Penn summed up the entire argument in one sentence.

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* ''PennAndTellersBullshit'' ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' episode "Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc." featured a man trying to explain why herbs work for some people and not for others. Penn summed up the entire argument in one sentence.



* ''Series/ER'' has an episode when this was intended to be done without the patient's consent. A doctor examines a patient finds nothing wrong but the child and her parents are worried, so the doctor orders the intern to get a bottle of "Obecalp" for the patient. The intern is confused and walks off the their big book of medicines and cannot find it. When a Dr. Weaver, a higher rank than the previous doctor, hears what the intern is looking for, she angrily explains the implications and goes to the first doctor. She chews him out for this stunt because if it goes south, they could be sued for negligence and tricking the patients with their medicine, to say nothing of just public backlash.

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* ''Series/ER'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' has an episode when this was intended to be done without the patient's consent. A doctor examines a patient finds nothing wrong but the child and her parents are worried, so the doctor orders the intern to get a bottle of "Obecalp" for the patient. The intern is confused and walks off the their big book of medicines and cannot find it. When a Dr. Weaver, a higher rank than the previous doctor, hears what the intern is looking for, she angrily explains the implications and goes to the first doctor. She chews him out for this stunt because if it goes south, they could be sued for negligence and tricking the patients with their medicine, to say nothing of just public backlash.



* In the ''HandyManny'' segment "Fearless Rusty", LovableCoward Rusty is sprinkled with "magic dust" by a local magician, who claimed it would make him brave... and he believes it.

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* In the ''HandyManny'' ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' segment "Fearless Rusty", LovableCoward Rusty is sprinkled with "magic dust" by a local magician, who claimed it would make him brave... and he believes it.
16th May '16 8:04:21 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/HoudiniAndDoyle'': Faith healings turn out to be caused by this, as many people claim is really the case.
12th May '16 6:03:28 AM isoycrazy
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* ''Series/ER'' has an episode when this was intended to be done without the patient's consent. A doctor examines a patient finds nothing wrong but the child and her parents are worried, so the doctor orders the intern to get a bottle of "Obecalp" for the patient. The intern is confused and walks off the their big book of medicines and cannot find it. When a Dr. Weaver, a higher rank than the previous doctor, hears what the intern is looking for, she angrily explains the implications and goes to the first doctor. She chews him out for this stunt because if it goes south, they could be sued for negligence and tricking the patients with their medicine, to say nothing of just public backlash.
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