A Brief History of the Lie Detector

It’s surprisingly hard to create a real-life Lasso of Truth

Photo: Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group

This Is True: This 1960s-era polygraph machine, on display at the Science Museum in London, wasn’t designed as a lie detector but rather for diagnosing illness and as a surgical monitor.

When Wonder Woman deftly ensnares someone in her golden lariat, she can compel that person to speak the absolute truth. It’s a handy tool for battling evil supervillains