Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Season 1 Episode 11

Eat This!

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 2003 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • The footage of the long shelf of diet products was apparently filmed inside a Wal-Mart, as seen by the yellow tags and visual design of a glimpsed overhead sign.

    • Additional pieces of the interview with Juliano can be seen in the deleted scenes on the season one dvd.

  • Quotes

    • Penn: Why is anyone fighting food advance? A very small percentage of the world's population is fortunate enough to have the LUXURY of turning down food. The rest of the world spends most of its time trying to get any know why? Technological problems. They got dirt, they got water, they got sun. They lack the technical ability to till or enrich the soil. They lack the machines to plant enough to feed their families. They lack the HYBRID PLANTS that produce more food per acre. We need to spread all the technology all we can so all people, everywhere, can deal with the PROBLEM of too much food. We can't start getting picky because we've got enough food. That's just self-centered and RACIST! Unless you and yours are starving, you need to SHUT THE F*CK UP!

    • Penn: [on Greenpeace] Hey, it's fine to be anti-government! We sure are! And it's fine to be anti-corporation! But don't try to pass it off as science and compassion.

    • Penn: [on raw fooders] We can't imagine how, but somehow, these folks have forgotten that most people don't have the option of hopping on down to the Piggly Wiggly and bonding with the produce. When the whole WORLD has plenty of food, we'd love to hear this a**hole's advice. But we're certainly not gonna mistake it for information.

    • Raw Fooder: [on feeding people with genetically modified crops] What kind of people would they be? What kind of people would we be creating? You know, you are what you eat!
      Penn: Well I guess she eats SHALLOW, HATEFUL, SELF-CENTERED, BULLSH**!

    • Penn: [on Juliano] Even if this nut had some odd fruit that had grown wild somewhere, it was delivered to him on a truck! It was kept fresh through refrigeration! He washed it in his sink alongside his lettuce tortilla! Where did that water come from? Ya cut it with a knife, and cleaned it up with a cloth or paper towel! There is NO food or water without technology! None! Just SHUT THE F*CK UP and get a job!

    • Juliano: [holds lettuce leaf] Here's a burrito wrapper, ya know? That's perfect, ya know, that's a perfect tortilla. Ya know, no package, no label, ya know. This is from a garden, made by who: Mother Nature, God, whatever you believe, ya know. But, a tortilla is made in a dingy, dirty factory by some dude who hates his job, boss, life, and you. And sends that hate into the food, and you eat it and send it to the center of your core being.

    • Penn: [on Norman Borlaug] At a time when doomsayers were hopping around, saying everyone was gonna starve, Norman was working. He moved to Mexico and lived among the people there until he figured out how to improve the output of the farmers. So that saved...a million lives. Then, he packed up his family and moved to India. Where, in spite of a war with Pakistan, he managed to introduce new wheat strains that quadrupled their food output. So that, another million. Ya get it? But he wasn't done! He did the same thing with a new rice in China. He did the same thing in much of Africa as he's allowed to visit. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1970, they said he had saved a BILLION people. That's BILLION! That's Carl Sagan BILLION with a "B"! And most of them were a different race from him. Norman IS the greatest human being. And you've probably never heard of him.

    • Borlaug: You can't build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery.

    • Penn: We asked all the big diet companies to talk to us about their claims...but, for some reason, the name of our show scared them off.

    • Penn: HEY! We just had a brainstorm! We're announcing the new "Penn and Teller 24-Minute Magic Diet"! You eat nothing while our show is on and...well...that's it. Hey, it works as well as any other bullsh** diet!

    • Penn: [on the raw fooders hiding what their food is from passersby] You know, that's an interesting question...why NOT tell them what it is? We got no idea, but we're pretty sure that if you live in a BEACH HOUSE in the US, you probably shouldn't be trying to tell starving people in the rest of the world that you're fighting the technology that could feed their children!

    • Penn: It's pretty easy to protest when you're not hungry.

  • Notes

    • The idea of misleading "before and after" photos would later be reexamined in the "Exercise vs. Genetics" episode of Season Two.

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