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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Snakebite: 1938

Snakebite: 1938

November 1938. "Man chewing piece of snake which he has just bitten off. State fair sideshow in Donaldsonville, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Yup

Indeed, this is a geek, I believe. And how the man at the far left enjoys the spectacle!

Note to all snakes

Dont mess with this guy!

Tastes like chicken

That's the good news. More good news: No feathers to wrangle. Now, this begs the question: What does chicken taste like?

NO Thanks!

What did the Snake ever do to this guy?

Fess Up

You Shorpians couldn't click that Hi-Def button fast enough could you!

Is that a geek?

I thought they bit the heads off chickens.

Do You Really Want To Know?

"And what does your Daddy do for a living, little girl?"

Snakebit

Hmm, a man bites snake story. Now that's news, or at least an interesting picture.

Really fast food

And this was before "bath salts" was a street drug.

 
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