Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Safety Hysteria

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 4/8/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Penn and Teller examine the hucksters that tap into hysteria over personal safety to make big bucks from such products as gas masks, paper toilet seat covers and cell phones - while the average person is four times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed violently at school. Special Guest Experts include: Laurene Mascola (Chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program, Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services) Katrina Miller, MD (Doctor) Paige Anderson (Car Model, Test Subject) Dr. Edward Hotchkiss (Internal Medicine Specialist/General Practitioner) Peter Hart (Media Analyst, FAIR) Ben Wizner (Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union) Cyril Houri (Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Safer America) Dr. Sam Milham (Former Chronic Disease Epidemiologist) David Ropeik (Risk Analysis, Harvard Center) Shelly Kalnitsky (Founder and President, Waveshield) Steven Milloy (Adjunct Scholar, CATO Institute) Dr. Michael Thun (Epidemiologic Research, American Cancer Society) Joshua Wright (Test Subject)moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Penn Jillette

    Himself

  • Teller

    Himself

  • Star Price

  • Jon Hotchkiss

  • Michael Goudeau

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  • Quotes (9)

    • Penn: Fear is useful, IF it's fear of something you can prevent. But, it's impossible to prevent the freak tragedy like Columbine because troubled kids will always find a way to break our hearts. And Michael Moore will always find a way to cash in on it.

    • Penn: But before we get the results, let's check back in with Cyril at SaferAmerica. [cut to Cyril still struggling with a mannequin head] Penn: We are such a**h*les.

    • Penn: After we swabbed the decks of our research monkeys, the swabs were delivered to a comprehensive testing lab in LA where the germs were transferred to a petri dish, allowed to grow, then run through a battery of tests and examined thoroughly by a fully qualified, state-licensed technician...who thought we were complete idiots.

    • Penn: Okay. 139 in 6 billion is fine odds. Worrying about things that are unlikely is a waste of precious life. Mad cow is total bullsh**. It's cowsh**! 139 in 6 billion, you're never even gonna meet someone who had a friend who had a friend who had mad cow! Our friend Paul Provenza says "The world is not made of 'Nerf' and there's sharp edges! You will get cut...but not too deep if you're careful." Not too careful, just careful enough.

    • Penn: The human a** is dirty...and sexy...but, but dirty too....and, and sexy...but, but dirty!

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