Pat Robertson has SUPER HUMAN STRENGTH! And you can too!

Here’s yet another example of how stupid Christian leaders think their followers are:

Did you know that Pat Robertson can leg-press 2000 pounds! How does he do it?

Where does Pat find the time and energy to host a daily, national TV show, head a world-wide ministry, develop visionary scholars, while traveling the globe as a statesman?

One of Pat’s secrets to keeping his energy high and his vitality soaring is his age-defying protein shake. Pat developed a delicious, refreshing shake, filled with energy-producing nutrients. – Pat Robertson’s Age-Defying Shake

Yes, that’s right. Pat Robertson’s website claims he’s capable of leg pressing 1 Ton. That’s just slightly less than the weight of a Toyota Yaris. There’s just one problem with this claim—as pointed out by Clay Travis of CBS Sportsline—it’s utter bullshit:

There is no way on earth Robertson leg presses 2,000 pounds. That would mean a 76-year-old man broke the all-time Florida State University leg press record by 665 pounds over Dan Kendra. 665 pounds. Further, when he set the record, they had to modify the leg press machine to fit 1,335 pounds of weight. Plus, Kendra’s capillaries in his eyes burst. Burst. Where in the world did Robertson even find a machine that could hold 2,000 pounds at one time? And how does he still have vision?

That must be one hell of a shake. You can get the recipe for yourself so long as you have a working credit card. Though you might want to consider the disclaimer they put on the page in teeny red text:

Disclaimer: Consult with your physician before starting this or any new health regimen or supplement program, especially if you have allergies to any of the listed or related products, or are under the care of a physician or other medical professional, or have any other health problems. No specific health benefit is implied or promised from this recipe.

Note the emphasized portion as it is technically true. The text describing the shake says it’s “one of Pat’s secrets to keeping his energy high and his vitality soaring” and while a lot of people might assume that it means the shake is how he does it, it doesn’t actually claim that it allows Pat to leg press a ton of weight. Nothing in the ad copy for the shake recipe suggests the shake will do a shittin’ thing for you though it does suggest that it might harm you if you have allergies to the foods used to make it.

This is yet another example of how stupid many religious believers think their congregations are. Fuck, if you’ll believe Pat when he claims that God is telling him about killer hurricanes He plans to unleash on the country then surely you’re enough of an idiot to think his milkshake allows him to leg press 2000 pounds. The only thing really surprising about this is the fact that he’s taking a risk by using such an easy to prove lie to sell his product. He must really think you folks are world class morons to so brazenly lie to you like that. The sad part is, with a lot of you his thinking is spot on.

Link via Think Progress.

14 thoughts on “Pat Robertson has SUPER HUMAN STRENGTH! And you can too!

  1. When Pat Robertson does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

  2. Ooh, even more appropriate:

    Pat Robertson starts everyday with a protein shake made from Carnation Instant Breakfast, one dozen eggs, pure Colombian cocaine, and rattlesnake venom. He injects it directly into his neck with a syringe.

  3. Guess it’s time to fire up ‘patrobertsonfacts.com’ along the lines of ‘chucknorrisfacts.com’ and ‘jackbauerfacts.com’.

    Here’s a fitting adaptation from chucknorrisfacts.com:

    “There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Pat Robertson has allowed to live.”

    In high school we had a special leg-press machine that had a hip-harness and could measure maximum leg strength in the last 15% of extension.  The machine was like a mega-duty spring scale, and you moved the dial by deforming a wishbone-shaped piece of spring steel that would have been a good truck suspension.  It was used for measurement, not exercise.

    Even among high school students, measurements over a thousand pounds were common, and a spotter had to make sure the knees did not lock.  I have not seen one of those machines for 35 years.  We don’t have one at Gold’s Gym.  Maybe ol’ Pat picked up one of those at an auction somewhere.  Of course, he’d be walking on two replacement knees by now if he tried using it.

  4. What, Pat Robertson being less than truthful? You’re joking, man!

    By the way, the notion of Pat Robertson doing leg presses is generating some mental images that are, shall we say, disturbing.  grrr

  5. I almost think I ought to see if I can’t start a movement in the Church to get people like Falwell and Robertson excommunicated and officially unwelcome in churches all over America.  That might be a lot of work and I’m not sure how well it would go over.  It really needs to be done though.  The Church is way too lax in who it allows to associate with it.  People like Falwell and Robertson calling themselves Christians is like me calling myself a Navajo.  There’s no relation.

  6. Theo: People like Falwell and Robertson calling themselves Christians is like me calling myself a Navajo.  There’s no relation.

    Well said!  But I’m afraid that excommunication ship sailed.  Ever since that Martin Luther fellow vandalized the Wittenburg church door, protestants have been difficult to corral.

  7. That may be DOF but national press coverage of such a thing happening may at the very least get Christians to think.  That or America would see an ugly Christian holy war on its soil between “liberal” Christians and “conservative” Christians.

    I can’t give up hope that the average human is a mostly rational being not entirely gullible to mass propaganda.  There has to be a way to get people to think about their actions and consequences.  Well, then again our culture industry isn’t helping anyone very much.  I think my ideas on starting over that I outlined in the presidents thread is about our only hope, but somehow I expect it may be too late for that without anything less than an anarchist revolution in the next five years.  With peak oil and global warming nearing and ADD and the average IQ on the rise, it seems most likely that all of society will seize up like an overheated engine within 50 years.  Lucky for me I always assumed Christ wouldn’t come back until the last possible moment anyways.  That doesn’t look too far off anymore. wink

  8. IMHO, Pat Robertson is just another evil, lying, greedy, little ego-tripping bigot, hiding behind his version of the xian Taliban flag.
    Apologies for mincing my words. wink
    The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians. -Pat Robertson (Christian Coalition), 1992 Republican National Convention.
    What a headless shaft. LOL

  9. How much can 2000 British pound notes weigh???

    We don’t have pound notes any more, we have £1 coins.

    Weight 9.50 grams

    x 2000 = 19 kg (about 40 lbs)

    Perhaps thats how he did it.

    ‘course he could have used 40 £50 notes.

  10. Ever since that Martin Luther fellow vandalized the Wittenburg church door, protestants have been difficult to corral.

    Obviously, what we need is a Protestant Pope, DoF.  How about Pat Robertson?  And maybe a Darwinist Pope too- Richard Dawkins comes to mind.

    I can’t give up hope that the average human is a mostly rational being not entirely gullible to mass propaganda.

    If that were true, there wouldn’t be so many Christians…  tongue laugh

  11. I can’t give up hope that the average human is a mostly rational being not entirely gullible to mass propaganda.

    Sorry, we (as a species) tend to be.  Nazi Germany isn’t any inherent fault of the Germans, it was that’s where a certain man, and and a certain set of circumstances arose.

    I’m sure I’ve posted before about the experiments to test humans reaction to orders/authority. 

    The first is where a volunteer is ordered to give stronger and stronger shocks to a test subject who gets the wrong answers, to test supposed negative feed back (Milgram Obedience study).  Under instruction of a ‘Dr’ the volunteer increases the shocks until the subject is in a sobbing pain wracked heap. The continue going because the ‘Dr’ tells them so.  In reality no shocks are given, and the subject is really only an actor, but the volunteer doesn’t know this, nor that they are the real subject.

    Second is the infamous prison guard experiment, where a group of volunteers is arbitarly split into prisoners and guards, who have total power (Stanford prison experiment).  This had to be stopped early on the few occasions it was run, due to the brutality of the guards that evolves after a couple of weeks.  Read these results and you start understanding Abu Grave.

    milgram obedience experiment

    [url=http://www.prisonexp.org]http://www.prisonexp.org[/url]

    The ‘Wave movement’ has been linked to from here before, about the starting of a cult at a school, though I have seen repudiation of this, so I can not swear to the veracity of the whole story. (also can’t be sure I’ve got the right name- can’t find a link).

    The same sort of thing has been done by the English comedian Danny Wallace (or King Danny the 1st of Lovely.  He started a cult by accident, merely by posting adverts saying Join Me.  In the end he had 1000’s of followers and no idea what to do with them.

    http://www.join-me.co.uk/index.html

    Citizens Required

    Danny is a mate of Dave Gorman – GO AND GET A COPY OF GOOGLEWACK ADVENTURE to see him get very angry with a certain Dr Gish.

  12. HAHAHAH yeah.. he lifted 2000 pounds (pound notes… or coins)…. There is no possible way he could have lifted it… I mean.. 1000lbs nearly killed him… I could see him doing 1100 MAX. Also.. you cannot clearly see the side of the machine when he presses 1000 lbs… he clearly admits he only did one press at 2000 pounds and that he had assistants help him to lift it the first time, then he lowered it, then lifted it by himself…

    My guess is someone helped him both times (1000 pounds and 2000 pounds).

    He makes Jimmy Swaggart look like Jesus Christ… atleast Jimmy finally admitted he was full of shit.. Robertson never will.

  13. Ronnie Coleman has pressed 2300 pounds.  Still, it is unusual for people to max out much past 1000.  Regardless, this claim of Robertson’s is ridiculous.

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