History YMMV / PennAndTellerBullshit

29th Apr '16 7:03:12 AM ading
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: In the episode on old people, when discussing right-to-die issues, they say that, even though they're opposed to the physician who wants to keep physician-assisted suicide illegal, it's hard to call him an asshole when all he wants to do is ''not kill people''.
22nd Apr '16 2:54:08 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Since the show, being quasi-documentary in nature, went out of its way to find people in the public eye willing to talk about a particular subject the show was covering, it's likely you'll recognize someone who appeared on this show on other news or information programs (Jack Thompson from the "Video Games" episode, Richard Cohen from "Family Values", or Paul Watson from "Endangered Species" are particularly visible individuals, not to mention Sheriff Joe Arpaio). Given the show, you could call this trope, "[[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, it's that asshole!]]"

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Since the show, being quasi-documentary in nature, went out of its way to find people in the public eye willing to talk about a particular subject the show was covering, it's likely you'll recognize someone who appeared on this show on other news or information programs (Jack Thompson from the "Video Games" episode, Richard Cohen from "Family Values", or Paul Watson from "Endangered Species" are particularly visible individuals, not to mention Sheriff Joe Arpaio). Given the show, you could call this trope, "[[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, "Hey, it's that asshole!]]"asshole!"
11th Feb '16 9:12:53 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* CriticalResearchFailure: The study they used as a reference for the second-hand smoke episode was a corporately funded exercise in LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics, and had already been discredited when they made the episode.

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** In the "Taxes" episode, Penn tries to cite UsefulNotes/AlCapone's infamous 1932 conviction as evidence of how scary the American tax system really is, arguing that Capone was sent to Alcatraz for [[ConfessToALesserCrime "tax evasion"]] because the government couldn't prove his more serious crimes--implying that the Feds can always use tax evasion as an "Ace in the Hole" if they ''really'' want to bust someone, but can't prove that they've done anything truly wrong. Except, if you know anything about Capone's trial, you'll know that tax evasion wasn't just a random crime that was unrelated to his criminal activities: he had vast sums of untaxed income because he ran a lucrative illegal bootlegging enterprise that he was trying to hide from the government, and his unpaid taxes were used as evidence of that.
8th Feb '16 8:13:25 AM Hawaii_Knut
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** [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath The descriptions of botched executions]] in the Death Penalty episode. Pre-lethal injection anaesthetics not working properly, hanging where the victim's neck don't get snapped (both leading to strangulation) and the electric chair with the victim's flesh melting off, not much different from a certain execution in ''Film/TheGreenMile''. Not to mention the medieval execution they mentioned on the side.
9th Jan '16 8:10:35 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* WhatAnIdiot: Some time after an episode debunking the use of chiropractors (not all forms, mind you), a group of chiropractors ''bought tickets to their live show'' just to tell Penn and Teller that they were offended by the episode and are boycotting them.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Some time after an episode debunking the use of chiropractors (not all forms, mind you), you; the main expert on their side was himself a chiropractor), a group of chiropractors ''bought tickets to their live show'' just to tell Penn and Teller that they were offended by the episode and are boycotting them.
9th Nov '15 6:15:03 PM SayaAensland
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* ValuesDissonance: Considering that P&T often deal with the extreme fringe of many ideological groups, this comes up a lot. For instance, the duo believes violence is only justifiable in defense or self or of innocent people, so much horror and disgust ensues when interviewing someone who thinks violence is excusable to advance political causes, like environmentalism or animal rights.

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* ValuesDissonance: Considering that P&T often deal with the extreme fringe of many ideological groups, this comes up a lot. For instance, the duo believes violence is only justifiable in defense or of self or of innocent people, so much horror and disgust ensues when interviewing someone who thinks violence is excusable to advance political causes, like environmentalism or animal rights.
6th Nov '15 3:16:45 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ValuesDissonance: The pair strongly believe that violence is an absolute last resort to be used only in self-defense. Guests who don't share this view and consider use of force for other reasons justified are treated as if they'd said something insane instead of what most people consider the default position. The most obvious is in the PETA episode, where one of the interview subjects (who whether you agree with him or not thinks he's trying to ''free slaves'' with millions of lives in the balance) casually mentions that he considered violent and non-violent tactics to be a tactical choice and not an ethical one; from the hosts' reactions you'd think he had endorsed genocide.

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* ValuesDissonance: The pair strongly believe Considering that P&T often deal with the extreme fringe of many ideological groups, this comes up a lot. For instance, the duo believes violence is an absolute last resort to be used only justifiable in self-defense. Guests defense or self or of innocent people, so much horror and disgust ensues when interviewing someone who don't share this view and consider use of force for other reasons justified are treated as if they'd said something insane instead of what most people consider the default position. The most obvious is in the PETA episode, where one of the interview subjects (who whether you agree with him or not thinks he's trying violence is excusable to ''free slaves'' with millions of lives in the balance) casually mentions that he considered violent and non-violent tactics to be a tactical choice and not an ethical one; from the hosts' reactions you'd think he had endorsed genocide.advance political causes, like environmentalism or animal rights.
10th Sep '15 6:48:28 AM IlGreven
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** Penn has told of his original pitch to the executives, which came 2 weeks after 9/11. As a part of it, he said that although he himself wasn't psychic, he could reasonably predict that within 6 months, psychic John Edward would announce a broadcast where he would channel the spirits of those who died in 9/11. It only took 3 months for Edward to do that, and the execs were impressed enough to greenlight the show.
1st Aug '15 6:46:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ValuesDissonance: The pair strongly believe that violence is an absolute last resort to be used only in self-defense. Guests who don't share this view and consider use of force for other reasons justified are treated as if they'd said something insane instead of what most people consider the default position. The most obvious is in the PETA episode, where one of the interview subjects (who whether you agree with him or not thinks he's trying to ''free slaves'' with millions of lives in the balance) casually mentions that he considered violent and non-violent tactics to be a tactical choice and not an ethical one; from the hosts' reactions you'd think he had endorsed genocide.
18th Jul '15 11:21:31 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* CriticalResearchFailure: The study they used as a reference for the second-hand smoke episode was a corporately funded exercise in LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics, and had already been discredited when they made the episode.
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