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Jimmy Kimmel’s intervention for hoarder spotlights Syracuse invention (video)

Jimmy Kimmel’s intervention for hoarder spotlights Syracuse invention (video)
25 Jul
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Jimmy Kimmel surprised one of his employees with an intervention on Tuesday.

The late-night host said a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” writer named Gary collects junk he think is funny, and keeps it in his office because his wife won’t let him bring it home anymore. Thousands of items accumulated include a five-foot duck, a stuffed rabbi, a “Daddy Saddle,” a tie press, and a book called “The Mystery of the Midget Clown.”

“I do not have a hoarding problem… I have good, funny, weird items that you cannot find any place. That is not hoarding, that is collecting,” Gary insisted. “I refuse to believe I’m a hoarder. My wife thinks I’m a hoarder.”

Kimmel recruited “Hoarders” star Matt Paxton to convince Gary that he has a problem and encourage him to throw out or donate much of the items. Paxton agreed Gary needed help.

“I would say that there’s nothing that’s going to surprise me when I enter a home,” Paxton said, “but I immediately saw a five-foot duck in the middle of a 10-foot office.”

Gary tried to plead with Kimmel to let him keep some of the items, including a Syracuse invention.

“I used to sell shoes,” Gary said when they threatened to throw out a Brannock device.

“So did I. Guess what? I don’t have it — Brannock device, I know what that is. You don’t need that,” Kimmel responded.

Jimmy Kimmel holds up one of two Brannock devices found in his writer’s office during an intervention for hoarding. 

Syracuse inventor Charles Brannock designed the foot-measuring instrument seen in shoe stores everywhere. His father Otis co-owned the Park-Brannock Shoe Co. in downtown Syracuse in the early 1900s, and Charles, while attending Syracuse University, sought to determine how to measure the length and width of feet. He built a prototype using an Erector set and patented the device in 1926.

In the end, Kimmel and Paxton disposed of 65,972 “pieces of nonsense,” but Gary proudly kept his second Brannock device — mounted on the wall in his office.

“You know, there is a silver lining if I thought about it,” Gary said. “Even though I’m losing this stuff, at least it’s getting on TV and the world gets to see it one last time and though I may have lost my spirit, I didn’t lose my second Brannock device. This thing’s a classic.”

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Source: https://www.syracuse.com/tv/index.ssf/2018/07/jimmy_kimmel_hoarder_intervention.html

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