Big Bird put through a lie detector test

As a way to promote a movies and other projects, Vanity Fair sometimes puts celebrities through a jokey lie detector test (see: Jennifer Lawrence). The polygraph itself is real but the questions are humorous. This time Big Bird is in the hot seat and he gets grilled on on all sort of things by the interviewer and a few of his Muppet pals. In short, we learn the 8-foot-tall Sesame Street icon cannot lie.

Which Bird is better at basketball? Big Bird or Larry Bird? Does he ever Google himself? Is Oscar the Grouch a good neighbor? Who is Big Bird's best friend? Does Big Bird have it in him to tell a lie?

Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th anniversary of helping kids everywhere grow up smarter, stronger and kinder. Sesame Street’s 50th season is currently running on HBO and will premiere on PBS in the summer of 2020.

(The Awesomer)

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Jennifer Lawrence takes a lie detector test (to promote her new movie)

Celebrity movie-promo videos are getting stranger and stranger. In this one, produced by Vanity Fair, actress Jennifer Lawrence is strapped up to a lie detector machine and asked a series of revealing questions like, "Do you ever fake tan?" (yes), "Do you regret any of your Red Carpet looks?" (yes), "Have you ever Googled yourself?" (yes), and "Do you know anyone in the Illuminati?" (no).

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What would it be like if we all wore accurate lie detectors around all the time?

Today we travel to a future without lies. What would it be like if we all wore accurate lie detectors around all the time?

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In this episode of Flash Forward we talk about when children learn to lie, the different social functions of lying, and what might happen if we couldn’t ever fib. How would negotiations be different? How would we make small talk? Could we create art or music? All that and more in this week’s future. (Illustration by Matt Lubchansky)

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