Canadian Gay Testing Machine Nicknamed “Fruit Machine” wtf?
Believe it or not, the Fruit Machine was a real thing that was developed in Canada by Frank Robert Wake that was supposed to be able to identify gay men (derogatorily referred to as “fruits”). Basically they made dudes watch porn and measured their pupillary response, perspiration, and pulse to determine if they were turned on by it or not.
The “Fruit Machine” was used in the 50s and 60s as a way to identify and fire gay men from positions in Civil Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Military. A bunch of people did lose their jobs because of the test. In the late 60s funding was cut but go figure they still ran tests for years and collected over 9,000 files on “suspected gay men”.
The Chair they used looked like a dentists chair. It had a pulley set up that would move a black box in front of the person being tested. The whole time displaying pictures. The pictures ranged from boring stuff to the porn stuff.
People were first told that the test to measure stress but, as you can imagine, as the truth came out they started receiving way less volunteers!
Seriously this sounds like a joke but we couldn’t make this stuff up. Feel free to look it up for yourself. What do you think?