The Indonesian military ate snakes, headbutted bricks, and walked through fire for James Mattis

The Indonesian military performed for James Mattis.
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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.

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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.

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Watch a video of the action below. Kelly O'Meara Morales

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