History Series / PennAndTellerBullshit

8th Apr '16 10:48:59 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* IronicEcho: Penn often starts a clip of someone by saying something like "at least there (is/is not) (Fill in the blank)" and of course the person in the clip starts what he's saying with exactly the opposite of what Penn was saying, usually followed by an obscenity from Penn.


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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Which was chosen because of the impact it would have.


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* IronicEcho: Penn often starts a clip of someone by saying something like "at least there (is/is not) (Fill in the blank)" and of course the person in the clip starts what he's saying with exactly the opposite of what Penn was saying, usually followed by an obscenity from Penn.
27th Mar '16 1:17:35 PM SandyGunfox
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*** They further added that they could not get an actual Vatican official to agree to appear on the show, and discussed the theological idea that papal statements ([[Pun Papal Bull]] as Penn calls it) are directly inspired by God instead. The idea being that going by the Catholic Church's own theology, any church statement that has not been later reversed or superceded should be fair game for criticism against them.

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*** They further added that they could not get an actual Vatican official to agree to appear on the show, and discussed the theological idea that papal statements ([[Pun ([[{{Pun}} Papal Bull]] as Penn calls it) are directly inspired by God instead. The idea being that going by the Catholic Church's own theology, any church statement that has not been later reversed or superceded should be fair game for criticism against them.
27th Mar '16 1:09:53 PM SandyGunfox
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*** They further added that they could not get an actual Vatican official to agree to appear on the show, and discussed the theological idea that papal statements ([[Pun Papal Bull]] as Penn calls it) are directly inspired by God instead. The idea being that going by the Catholic Church's own theology, any church statement that has not been later reversed or superceded should be fair game for criticism against them.
27th Mar '16 12:50:35 PM SandyGunfox
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** The term "libertarian" has been co-opted by the right wing fringe of the Republican party since the show went off the air, making the duo's use of it to describe their own stance seem like YouKeepUsingThatWord.

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** The term "libertarian" has been co-opted by the right wing fringe of the Republican party since the show went off the air, making the duo's use of it to describe their own stance seem like YouKeepUsingThatWord.[[note]]Although, in reality, it's more like [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the Republicans Keep Using That Word.]] Penn & Teller use it correctly.[[/note]]
** Earlier seasons make reference to George W. Bush as being the current President.


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* TimeMarchesOn: The episode debunking the 2012 apocalypse theories is a little...''dated'', post-2012.
27th Mar '16 12:23:16 PM SandyGunfox
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** People who use InsistentTerminology to obscure what it is they're referring to will almost always get a rant on the subject, such as in the fast-food episode where someone advocating for government regulations on fast food insisted on using terms like "nudging" people to eat healthy instead of "regulating." The guy even agreed the terminology was for PR reasons.
27th Mar '16 11:55:50 AM SandyGunfox
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** In general, the show does this a ''lot''. They strive to debunk large concepts in 25 minutes while making time for comedy, counterarguments, and skits like the "Bullshit Experiments." While they do interview experts in their field, they're almost always rather radical or particularly crazy (and funny) experts.
27th Mar '16 11:44:58 AM SandyGunfox
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** Any unscientific movement that has actually led to deaths will also get this treatment, such as anti-GMO advocates causing third-world nations in famine to reject GMO crops in food aid, the Catholic church helping spread HIV by previously teaching people not to use condoms[[note]]the Vatican has, since that episode aired, reversed their position on that topic and allowed condoms for HIV prevention, though not contraception[[/note]], or anti-vaccine advocates causing children to get sick from preventable illnesses like measles.
2nd Mar '16 8:11:28 AM Burmazepame6147
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->''You'll notice more obscenity than we usually use. That's not just because it's on Creator/{{Showtime}}, and we want to get some attention. It's also a legal matter. If one calls people liars and quacks, one can be sued and lose a lot of one's money. But "motherfuckers" and "assholes" is pretty safe. If we said it was all scams, we could also be in trouble. But BULLSHIT, oddly, is safe. So forgive all the bullshit language. We're trying to talk about the truth without spending the rest of our lives in court because of litigious motherfuckers!''

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->''You'll notice more obscenity than we usually use. That's not just because it's on Creator/{{Showtime}}, and we want to get some attention. It's also a legal matter. If one calls people liars and quacks, one can be sued and lose a lot of one's money. But "motherfuckers" and "assholes" is pretty safe. If we said it was all scams, we could also be in trouble. But BULLSHIT, oddly, is safe. So forgive all the bullshit language. We're trying to talk about the truth without spending the rest of our lives in court because of [[SophisticatedAsHell litigious motherfuckers!''motherfuckers]]!''
1st Mar '16 7:51:59 PM KingLyger
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* TheInternetIsForPorn: Joked about but also addressed seriously in the War On Porn episode.

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* TheInternetIsForPorn: Joked about about, but also addressed seriously in the War On Porn episode.episode. The guys argue that there's really nothing wrong with looking at porn online, and that those who want it taken down (en masse, at least) are mostly appealing to consequences rather than using scientific studies.



* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: In the Prostitution episode, Penn admits that he and Teller took on degrading jobs in their past (kids birthday parties).

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* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: In the Prostitution episode, Penn admits that he and Teller took on degrading jobs in their past (kids (kids' birthday parties).



* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Addressed in the College, Reparations, and Sensitivity Training episodes. They pointed out that a lot of it was actually ''openly racist and/or sexist'' material masquerading as "diversity".

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Addressed in the College, Reparations, and Sensitivity Training episodes. They pointed out that a lot of it the materials used in sensitivity training courses was actually ''openly openly racist and/or sexist'' sexist material masquerading as "diversity".



* SelfDeprecation: In the pet episode, Penn mentions that for all the craziness people spend on their pets, he himself indulges pretty substantially on personal appeals. Furthermore, the GrandFinale of Bullshit was intended to be "The Bullshit of Bullshit", where they point out where they screwed up or were hugely biased.

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* SelfDeprecation: In the pet episode, Penn mentions that for all the craziness people spend on their pets, he himself indulges pretty substantially on personal appeals. Furthermore, the GrandFinale of Bullshit the show was intended to be "The Bullshit of Bullshit", where they point out where they screwed up or were hugely biased.



* TakeThat: The whole point of the show.
* TheTalk: Focus of the Abstinence episode.

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* %%* TakeThat: The whole point of the show.
* TheTalk: Focus Some of the focus of the Abstinence episode.episode is how parents leaving this job up to the school system can result in a lot of misinformation, some of it intentionally wrong designed to scare teens into not having sex.



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Addressed in the Video Games episode.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Addressed and deconstructed in the Video Games episode.
28th Feb '16 8:34:17 AM KingLyger
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** Although the "fat" guys were all obese according to the [=BMI=], only one of them was actually what most would consider fat (and he was the slowest in the group). Even the "skinny" guy was technically overweight, despite not showing a speck of visible fat or muscle tone. Part of the point was that the [=BMI=] wasn't ever intended to measure obesity, let alone overall fitness, and as such does a miserable job of predicting either, despite healthcare insurers using [=BMI=] to set premiums.

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** Although the "fat" guys were all obese according to the [=BMI=], only one of them was actually what most would consider fat (and he was noticeably the slowest in the group). Even the "skinny" guy was technically overweight, despite not showing a speck of visible fat or muscle tone. Part of the The point was that the [=BMI=] wasn't ever intended to measure obesity, let alone overall fitness, and as such such, a [=BMI=] rating does a miserable job of predicting either, despite measuring either one. Despite this, healthcare insurers using sometimes use [=BMI=] to set premiums.premiums, and the whole "Fat Guy Olympics" segment was Penn & Teller proving why doing so is such a bad idea.



* AffablyEvil: Rodney Coronado comes across as this during the [=PETA=] episode, despite the violent nature of his crimes. When called by the show, his response is friendly and polite. See also YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame.

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* AffablyEvil: Rodney Coronado comes across as this during the [=PETA=] episode, despite the violent nature of his crimes.crimes, including arson and domestic terrorism. When called by the show, his response is friendly and polite. See also YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame.



** UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi was a wise, but flawed, political leader who did much to improve the lives of his fellow Indians, but also openly despised the native Black population of South Africa (where he began his career as an attorney), [[ValuesDissonance though his racism wouldn't have been seen as objectionable in the 1940s]]. He also [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking engaged in some weird sexual and hygienic practices]] (giving young girls enemas, for one).

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** UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi was a wise, but flawed, wise political leader who did much to improve the lives of his fellow Indians, but also openly despised the native Black population of South Africa (where he began his career as an attorney), [[ValuesDissonance though his racism wouldn't have been seen as objectionable in the 1940s]]. He also [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking engaged in some weird sexual and hygienic practices]] (giving practices]], among them giving young girls enemas, for one).enemas and sleeping naked with them.



* AnimalWrongsGroup: The focus of the PETA episode.

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* AnimalWrongsGroup: The focus of the PETA episode.episode is about how the organization is quite corrupt, either not condemning or outright supporting terrorism in the name of animal rights, and how they ultimately kill more animals than they save.



* BeeAfraid: In one episode, Penn goes off on a tangent about the phrase "opening a can of worms", since if you actually do that, you get some worms, but it's not very annoying or troublesome. A better phrase would be "you shouldn't open that can of ''bees''", because when you do, you get '''BEES!!!!'''.

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* BeeAfraid: In one episode, Penn goes off on a tangent about the phrase "opening a can of worms", since if you actually do that, you get some worms, but it's not very annoying or troublesome. A better phrase would be "you shouldn't open that can of ''bees''", because when you do, you get '''BEES!!!!'''.'''BEES!!'''.



-->'''Penn:''' If dolphins have come up with anything like shelled pistachios, they're as intelligent as us. That's our argument. I told you, we're slackin' tonight.

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-->'''Penn:''' If dolphins have come up with anything like shelled pistachios, they're as intelligent as us. That's our argument. I told you, we're slackin' slacking tonight.



* ClusterFBomb: See the page quotation for just one example.
* CoolOldGuy: '''Norman freaking Borlaug'''.
** James "The Amazing!" Randi.

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* ClusterFBomb: Frequently. Since cursing is legally safer than calling someone a liar or a fraud, the hosts use "colorful" language to avoid being sued. See the page quotation for just one example.
* CoolOldGuy: '''Norman freaking Borlaug'''.
Borlaug''', who Penn outright calls the greatest human being who ever lived. Borlaug's research into genetic engineering for food has been estimated as saving over a billion lives.
** James "The Amazing!" Randi.Randi, another former magician and head of the James Randi Educational Foundation, a group that debunks the paranormal.



* DoingInTheWizard: In the Bible episode the theologian they interview brings up the idea that the "parting of the Red Sea" miracle would be better translated as "the Hebrews escaped across the dried marsh". Penn can't figure out how the latter is even a miracle, the best he can come up with is "the smell didn't annoy them."

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* DoingInTheWizard: In the Bible episode the theologian they interview brings up the idea that the "parting of the Red Sea" miracle would be better translated as "the Hebrews escaped across the dried marsh". Penn can't figure out how the latter is even a miracle, miracle; the best he can come up with is "the smell didn't annoy them."



* EdutainmentShow

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* EdutainmentShowEdutainmentShow: While the point of the show is to educate and get the viewer to question things, there's frequent segments meant to make the audience laugh.



* ExpensiveGlassOfCrap: Basically the plot to the bottled water and the "Best" episodes.

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* ExpensiveGlassOfCrap: Basically the plot to the bottled water and the "Best" episodes. In most cases, because the person indulging thinks they're getting the best, whatever they're eating will be predisposed as tasting better.
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