Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Video clip shows host Jimmy Kimmel being bitten by a venomous snake on the set of his talk show.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Origins: Television has many tales (both true and apocryphal) of on-camera wildlife wranglers being bitten by venomous
Confronted with this clip removed from its original context (as it is here), many viewers might mistake it for a real, live, on-camera mishap. However, this scene was part of a
Even without knowing that this clip was part of a comedic put-on, viewers can discern a bit of trickery. Notice the presciently rapid cutting from a shot of Jimmy to a
Last updated: 14 August 2007
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