On Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia, a lucky crowd was treated to a display of firewalking, snake-eating, and brick-headbutting. No, it wasn’t a carnival or some bizarre game show — it was an exercise put on by the Indonesian military for Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Special forces in Indonesia demonstrates to Mattis their ability to eat snakes. pic.twitter.com/I24p5adzsG
— Paul D. Shinkman (@PDShinkman) January 24, 2018
Mattis witnessed this … unique demonstration of military ability as part of his excursion through Southeast Asia. The Fear Factor-esque display was apparently a surprise, Newsweek explains: “The press traveling with Mattis was expecting a hostage rescue drill.”
Mattis was quite taken by what he saw, Newsweek reports, and exclaimed to reporters: “The snakes! Did you see them tire them out and then grab them? The way they were whipping them around — a snake gets tired very quickly.” The hostage drill did happen eventually, “to the tune of the movie Mission Impossible,” Newsweek notes.
Watch a video of the action below.