Perhaps you recall the tale of Pat Robertson, the man with the STRONGEST THIGHS IN THE WORLD? When last we discussed this, Pat had just come out with his ludicrous claim that he leg pressed 2,000 lbs.
Skepchick readers were on the case with observations like:
May 29, 2006 at 1:10 am
If you watch the video you get to see pat push up what he calls, and at least appears to be 1000 pounds, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll notice that the machine has a locking bar which keeps the press from falling while you are not actively working out. Now if you look at the pictures of pat and the 2000 pounds, the lock bar is still up in the locked position. If you look closer you will notice that the weight hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even been lifted off the lock bar.
Now, he has restated his claim, with a few qualifiers. From CBN:
When 2,000 pounds was put on the machine two men got on either side and helped push the load up, and then let it down on Mr. Robertson, who pushed it up one rep and let it go back down again.
That quote doesn’t come from a new press release — it comes from the edited web page that I had originally linked to. See, it didn’t say that when the news first came out. Instead, the page merely boasted that he can do it and linked to a video of him pressing 1,000 pounds. It wasn’t until people began questioning his veracity that they finally changed their tune.
Sadly, I can’t find that page cached anywhere. I did find the main page where CBN touts Pat’s magical smoothie that allows him to perform incredible feats of derring-do. Here’s the original:
Did you know that Pat Robertson can leg-press 2000 pounds![sic]
Did I![sic] No I didn’t did you![sic]
Here’s what it says now:
Did you know that Pat Robertson, through rigorous training, leg-pressed 2,000 pounds!
Apparently they think that adding the “through rigorous training” adds to their credibility, but proper punctuation can still just go to hell. They then link to the page that was changed to reflect CBN’s bold new stance on honesty, i.e., “we’ll be honest as soon as we’re caught lying.” That page now admits the machine is an incline machine, as many people have pointed out already.
My favorite new addition to the site is the testimony of Robertson’s trainer, Dr. Charles Warne. The good doctor gives us an overview of how Pat went about obtaining his thighs of steel. After he gives a lot of advice on how you, gentle reader, can go about accomplishing similar goals, there’s a handy disclaimer: “Consult with your physician before starting this or any new health or exercise regimen.”
I wonder, if they hadn’t added that bit, how many letters they would have received from the angry relatives of well-meaning septuagenerians hopelessly crushed by a literal ton of weights after sipping the super smoothie and saying a quick prayer? One can only dream.