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Myth busting

A couple of bloggers I read regularly have linked to this video today. It's from the TV show "Scare Tactics," where people are subjected to rather disturbing practical jokes designed to terrify the hell out of them.

In this episode, a PETA activist is hired to clean up a medical lab. He's told that the previous occupants had performed genetic experiments, and... well, see for yourself -- if it's working, that is.

The only problem is, it's a fake. And a bad one.

In the opening, the titles say that the fake lab is in "Chatsworth, New Hampshire." There IS NO CHATSWORTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

I thought there wasn't, so I checked Yahoo! Maps. No dice. The same with Google Maps. Then I checked Google Earth, and struck out there, too. Finally, I went to the New Hampshire State government's web site and checked the list of municipalities -- we have a Chatham, but no Chatsworth. And I sincerely doubt Chatham has a medical lab -- the town has less than 300 residents, and it's so small that the town's offices are actually in the next town of Center Conway.

It's still a pretty funny video (if you can get it to work). But don't for an instant think it's real.


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Your entire premise that yo... (Below threshold)

Your entire premise that you are "busting a myth" is based on your observation that there isn't a town called Chatsworth, NH. Fair enough. Could be an error, this is not a news show, "reality shows" aren't always honest, etc. But, uh, it's a frickin cable "reality" show that ostensibly pulls silly pranks, not 60 Minutes. Ok, maybe that wasn't the best example, but still.

I wouldn't put that past a lazy script supervisor, editor, etc.

I'd look at other factors, like the believability of the target's honest reaction or "performance."

So, uh, bottom line, I'd say that your standard of proof to assert beyond a reasonable doubt ("But don't for an instant think it's real.") that the prank is fake, based on a wrong town name and the idea that a there's no "real" labs in a misnamed(?) town - when it's not supposed to be a real lab in the first place - is kind of funny itself.


BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA... (Below threshold)
Tim in PA:


That's the funniest thing I've seen in a long, long time.

He screamed like a girl. S... (Below threshold)

He screamed like a girl. Seriously.

That video is freakin' high... (Below threshold)

That video is freakin' high-larious

Bill...do you need help lit... (Below threshold)

Bill...do you need help little man?


Really, though, the existence of a lab Chatham is kind of irrelevant as the lab in the spoof was entirely made up. It was just some rented space in an office building or something.

Still pretty dang funny though.

Holy crap, Jay! That's som... (Below threshold)
Joe Ego:

Holy crap, Jay! That's some lazy stuff right there. Have a look @ episode 209 here: http://www.scifi.com/scaretactics/episodes/

It includes the following segment description:
"Attack of the Rat Monster
A lab assistant is terrorized by a genetically altered mutant."

Obviously they falsified the city name, but that doesn't make the video fake unless you want to hold a television practical joke show to any sort of factual standards.

I don't know why but one of... (Below threshold)

I don't know why but one of the regular liberal commenters here on Wizbang came to mind when I saw it. I can't quite figure out which one, something about the way he held his arms up in front of him when he was running screaming like a girl.

Hmmmm.1. I saw thi... (Below threshold)


1. I saw this on TV awhile back. Funny as hell. Especially since this guy is a PETA animal nut. If I remember right he wanted someone to shoot it.

2. "I don't know why but one of the regular liberal commenters here on Wizbang came to mind when I saw it."

I admit it. It's me. I run screaming like a little girl all the time.

Me, I think the whole thing... (Below threshold)

Me, I think the whole thing was faked. I think the "PETA wack-tivist" is an actor who's finally earned his SAG card with this performance.

I vote the whole thing was ... (Below threshold)

I vote the whole thing was faked. The "PETA activist" was simultaneously overacting, yet not scared enough.






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