Penn & Teller To Pinch A Fragrant Loaf With Upcoming UFO Episode Of “Bullshit”
Unless the advance publicity for Penn & Teller’s next episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is a big-time bait-and-switch, viewers might want to have plenty of air freshener on hand for the broadcast. Visit their Showtime page and you’ll see a clip from their interview with Pat Travis, proprietress of The Little A’Le’Inn, a UFO-themed motel in Rachel, Nevada near Area 51.
Referring to Travis’ motel, Penn says, “That’s just stupid, but I like it, “ then, “Pat, you don’t believe in all this alien stuff, do you?" then, “These Rachelites know which dimension their alien toast is buttered in.”
In ufology, the term “swamp gas” refers to any specious explanation offered to deflect, rather than engage, the extraterrestrial hypothesis. U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book consultant Dr. Allen J. Hynek made the term famous when he rather sheepishly offered it as the explanation for a series of sightings in Michigan in 1966. Once relieved of his Air Force indentures, Hynek founded the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and published extensively (sans effluvium) on the topic, but that term – “swamp gas” – haunted him to the end of the days.
It seems fitting to invoke Hynek's memory as Penn & Teller count down to airtime. We wait with bated breath for their no-guts, low-brow hatchet job, one altogether unworthy of the thinking man’s shtick they purport to wield.
Sadly, indications are that they'll kiss skeptic butt, just as so many have done before them, inhaling deeply of the swampy vapors issuing therefrom ... and they'll invite you to do the same.
As for me and my house, we're waiting to exhale.