Bullshit Detector

Bullshit Detector

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Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 07:20PM EDT by Don.

Added Apr 10, 2014 at 05:20PM EDT by Don.

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Bullshit Detector is a hypothetical measuring instrument that can supposedly determine the validity of a claim or argument. In online forums and comments, the device is most commonly summoned in response to a dubitable claim in the form of a reaction image.


On February 19th, 2006, a promotional website was launched for the “universal bullshit detector," a novelty wristwatch that makes a mooing sound when activated by the wearer.


In Season 10 Episode 22 of the animated television series The Simpsons, originally aired on May 9th, 1999, the character Professor Frink uses a device to detect sarcasm (shown below).


On September 18th, 2009, the tech news blog Gizmodo[5] posted an article titled “Scientists Race to Develop Political Bullshit Detector,” which contained an image of a “bullshit amplifier / detector” (shown below). On September 22nd, 2009, the fitness blog T-Nation[4] highlighted the same image in an interview with competitive power lifter Jim Wendler.

On July 15th, 2011, an Android app titled “Bullshit Detector” was submitted to the Google Play Store,[2] which features a needle indicator that responds to the tilt of a mobile device (shown below, left). On September 1st, a bullshit detector app was released on Apple’s iOS store[3] with a similar interface (shown below, right).

On May 1st, 2012, a Facebook[6] page titled “The Bullshit Meter” was launched, which features a userpic of a bullshit detection reader (shown below, left). On July 1st, Paracast Forums[7] member stonehart posted a “B.S. meter” image in a thread about an unidentified flying object (shown below, right).

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In 2010, following the emergence of Internet slang expressions like “not a single fuck was given” and “look at all the fucks I give”, and the subsequent unitization of the word “fuck," an animated GIF variation of the device dubbed the “Give-A-Fuck-O-Meter” rose to popularity, which exudes a more relaxed, carefree or apathetic attitude towards the claim in question (shown below).

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