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Jimmy Fallon Plunged Into a Frigid Lake Michigan

"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, center, exits the water during the Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Chicago. Fallon joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the event.
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, center, exits the water during the Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Chicago. Fallon joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the event. Andrew Nelles—AP

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered to appear on NBC's The Tonight Show only if host Jimmy Fallon took part in the city's annual Polar Plunge, which he agreed to do with the mayor while wearing a suit and tie

A few weeks ago, newly-minted Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon invited Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be a guest on the show. The politician responded on Twitter, agreeing to stop by the Tonight Show if Fallon in turn agreed to participate in Chicago’s Polar Plunge — an annual dip into freezing Lake Michigan to benefit the city’s Special Olympics.

Fallon agreed, and this morning, he made good on his promise. Both Fallon and Emanuel plunged into the slushy 32-degree water — the comedian wearing a suit and tie and the politician sporting some kind of wetsuit. Fallon had asked his fans to wear neckties in solidarity:

After the Tonight Show host completed the task of fully submerging himself in the frigid waters, he appeared a bit traumatized, but at least he followed through on his promise to Rahm Emanuel to “toughen up.”

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