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Jimmy Fallon thought he was dead at Polar Plunge

By Mick Swasko, @swasko

8:34 AM CST, March 4, 2014

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Once he heard the bagpipes, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon thought it was all over. 

Fallon detailed his experience at Chicago's Polar Plunge during Monday night's show, a day after he dipped into icy Lake Michigan.

"I'm never doing that again," Fallon said. 

Fallon said Chicago "didn't let me fool around" when it came to taking up Mayor Rahm Emanuel's challenge to take the plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Chicago. The event drew a record number of people. 

"I go in, and I hear you're only supposed to go up to your knees," he said, recalling running into the lake. "I just plunged back, I went under and a couple bubbles came out and I froze. I just stand up and I took my hat off and my hair turned to icicles, and I heard bagpipes. This is how I went. I thought this was it, I thought it was the end." 

Fallon also shared a gift he received from Emanuel, which declares March 2014 "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Month" in Chicago. 

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