History Series / PennAndTellerBullshit

3rd Sep '17 9:47:14 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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The Showtime original '''''Penn & Teller: Bullshit!''''' (or ''P&T:B.S!''), hosted by comedians and stage magicians [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette and Teller]], follows in the footsteps of great men like Harry Houdini and The Amazing James Randi: the pair debunks popular misconceptions and exposes both liars ("motherfuckers") and faulty science ("bullshit").

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The Showtime original '''''Penn ''Penn & Teller: Bullshit!''''' Bullshit!'' (or ''P&T:B.S!''), hosted by comedians and stage magicians [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette and Teller]], follows in the footsteps of great men like Harry Houdini and The Amazing James Randi: the pair debunks popular misconceptions and exposes both liars ("motherfuckers") and faulty science ("bullshit").
15th Aug '17 12:44:34 AM Azaram
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** In the "War on Porn" episode, the anti-porn crusader uses an appear to adverse consequences by saying that looking at too much porn will turn people into pedophiles, then says that she has no studies to verify this claim. Penn calls her out own this, saying that the crusader just admitted she's making this up.

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** In the "War on Porn" episode, the anti-porn crusader uses an appear appeal to adverse consequences by saying that looking at too much porn will turn people into pedophiles, then says that she has no studies to verify this claim. Penn calls her out own this, saying that the crusader just admitted she's making this up.
6th Aug '17 3:09:58 PM LittleBuster
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* PopculturalOsmosis: Outside of the US, Penn and Teller are primarily known as skeptics because of this show, rather than their career as a illusionists.
30th Jul '17 3:07:39 PM Teakay
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* NarrationEcho:
-->'''Penn:''' ''[narrating]'' Wait a minute! [Gandhi's] sleeping naked with the girls? And the girls are naked too? \\
'''Biographer:''' He's sleeping naked with the girls and the girls are naked too! \\
'''Penn:''' ''[narrating]'' Cool!
10th Jul '17 4:37:03 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* OriginalPositionFallacy: Referenced in the ''end of the world'' episode in season one. Penn points out that since the odds are on the side of you dying in the kind of disasters doomsayers predict, it's a safer bet to just run up credit card charges you'll never have to pay than plan what to do afterwards.
1st Jul '17 7:17:48 PM AbnormalMoose
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** They often said that the ideal final episode of the show would be exposing the bullshit of... ''Penn & Teller's Bullshit''.
8th Jun '17 7:27:16 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* GrammarNazi: They drop in mini-lectures a few times for this reason, like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_HscBWJhNQ The difference between acronyms and initiaslisms.]]

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* GrammarNazi: They drop in mini-lectures a few times for this reason, like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_HscBWJhNQ The difference between acronyms and initiaslisms.initialisms.]]
7th Jun '17 11:33:06 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Which was chosen because of the impact it would have.

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Which was chosen because of the impact it would have. They mentioned in the "obscenity" episode that their first choice was "humbug", in honor of Houdini favoring the term in his own debunking career, but it had lost so much of it's rudeness and offensiveness over time that they went with the modern equivalent.
18th Mar '17 7:12:01 PM Thunderchin
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* DefectorFromDecadence: Sometimes, a member of the group or organization being made fun of is revealed to actually agree with Penn and Teller.
** Howard Menser, the Scoutmaster featured in the "Boy Scouts" episode, is gay. While he at first sings the praises of Scouting and what it teaches, and tells us of his 23 years leading his local troop, he cites the increasing hatred for gays and athiests as the reason he left.
** Mark Edward is the reformed con artist who explains the tricks of the psychic trade in "Talking to the Dead". Having worked as a psychic, he found it trivially easy to manipulate and read people. This amount of power scared him deeply, turning him around to fighting con artistry.
** Kelly Dunham was once a nun who worked for Mother Teresa. She left the convent to become a standup comic and, in "Holier than Thou", spoke out against the "cult of suffering" that Mother Teresa established.



-->'''Penn''': The lesser of two evils is still evil. And the enemy of my enemy is ''not'' my friend.

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-->'''Penn''': --->'''Penn''': The lesser of two evils is still evil. And the enemy of my enemy is ''not'' my friend.friend.
** As anti-religion as the show gets, "Death, Inc." had a Catholic priest on their side.
13th Mar '17 9:00:43 PM Fireblood
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** Exploited in the Vaccination episode where the anti-vaccination side depended upon porn stars to get their message across, Penn & Teller [[TakeThat had a topless woman stating that there were no correlation between vaccines and autism]].
* ForScience: With some subjects it will be pointed out how difficult it would be for some causal relationships to be conclusively proven. For example The "Penn & Teller Centre For Incredibly Bad Ideas" have allegedly put five rapists into a rented house next to an all girl college... The results of this study have been suppressed by the US Department of Reason: "Did we mention there's no good science on either side of this debate?"

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** Exploited in the Vaccination episode where the anti-vaccination side depended upon porn stars to get their message across, Penn & Teller [[TakeThat had a topless woman stating that there were was no correlation between vaccines and autism]].
* ForScience: With some subjects it will be pointed out how difficult it would be for some causal relationships to be conclusively proven. For example The "Penn & Teller Centre Center For Incredibly Bad Ideas" have allegedly put five rapists into a rented house next to an all girl college... The results of this study have been suppressed by the US Department of Reason: "Did we mention there's no good science on either side of this debate?"



** Patti Strand from The National Animals Interest Alliance calls PETA '''P'''eople for '''E'''xtortion, '''T'''error and '''A'''buse.

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** Patti Strand from The National Animals Animal Interest Alliance calls PETA '''P'''eople for '''E'''xtortion, '''T'''error and '''A'''buse.



* GayAesop: The "Family Values" episode is pro-gay marriage, picking apart every anti-gay marriage argument that the hosts can find while also saying that the concept of the "American family" is changing. Also, the "Boy Scouts" episode features a segment where Penn decries the practice of the Boy Scouts firing gay troop leaders or preventing gay boys from joining[[note]]The Boy Scouts have since reversed their positions on both of these issues, but the damage to their reputation has already been done[[/note]]. Finally, the "Nukes, Hybrids, and Lesbians" episode has a pair of lesbians going on a date in a rented hybrid vehicle, pausing the date from time to time to show how impractical the cars are.

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* GayAesop: The "Family Values" episode is pro-gay marriage, picking apart every anti-gay marriage argument that the hosts can find while also saying that the concept of the "American family" is changing. Also, the "Boy Scouts" episode features a segment where Penn decries the practice of the Boy Scouts firing gay troop leaders or preventing gay boys from joining[[note]]The joining.[[note]]The Boy Scouts have since reversed their positions on both of these issues, but the damage to their reputation has already been done[[/note]]. done.[[/note]] Finally, the "Nukes, Hybrids, and Lesbians" episode has a pair of lesbians going on a date in a rented hybrid vehicle, pausing the date from time to time to show how impractical the cars are.



** They also used it in the World Peace episode where he said "Hitler called himself a socialist" (although that case was justified, since the claim was that Socialism was a good route to world peace).

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** They also used it in the World Peace episode where he said "Hitler called himself a socialist" (although that case was justified, since the claim was that Socialism socialism was a good route to world peace).
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