Full Proof

  • Season 3
  • Aired 12/30/2010
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During Prohibition, two bootleggers die from drinking their own cheap batch of moonshine.

announcer:JEB AND HIS WIFE MABEL

ARE DIRT-POOR MOUNTAIN FOLK

LIVING IN THE HEART OFTHE DEPRESSION.

THEY DREAMED OF ONE DAYLIVING A LIFE OF LUXURY

AND ENJOYING THE FINESTTHINGS MONEY CAN BUY.

BUT THEY WEREN'T DREAMING.

THEY WERE DYING.

IN 1925, PROHIBITIONWAS IN FULL SWING.

THE LIQUOR INDUSTRYWENT UNDERGROUND.

THE ONLY PEOPLE MAKING ANY MONEYIN JEB AND MABEL'S TOWN

WERE BOOTLEGGERS.

AND JEB WANTED IN.

- I'M GONNA MAKE HOOCHIN THE RADIATOR.

WE'RE GONNA MAKE,LIKE, $1,000.

announcer: JEB'S FIRST BATCH OFSHINE STARTED FLOWING.

- THIS IS LIKE GOLD.

announcer: HE AND MABELWERE SO EXCITED

THEY TOASTED.- BABY, TRY SOME MORE.

- OKAY. MM.

announcer: UNFORTUNATELY,WHAT THEY WERE DRINKING

WAS SOMETHING CALLEDTHE FORESHOT.

- THE FORESHOT ISUSUALLY THE FIRST BATCH

OF THE STILL PROCESS.

THAT IS METHANOL.

AND METHANOLIS WOOD ALCOHOL.

MOONSHINERS USEDTO CHEAT ON THE SHINE

TRYING TO MAKE THE FAST BUCK.

THEY WOULD ADD THE FORESHOT

'CAUSE THEY WANTED TOMAKE THEIR SHINE

THE MOSTPOTENT AND POWERFUL

'CAUSE THAT'SWHAT THE CITY FOLK WANTED.

announcer: THE ONE THINGPROHIBITION ACCOMPLISHED--

PEOPLE DRANKA LOT OF BAD BOOZE.

JEB AND MABEL MADE THE MISTAKEOF DRINKING THEIR OWN.

- POUR ME ANOTHER ONE.

announcer:EVEN THOUGH JEB AND MABEL

WERE NOW DRINKING SHINE,

THE FORESHOTTHEY STARTED WITH

WAS METABOLIZING INTHEIR LIVERS,

CONVERTING TO FORMALDEHYDE,AND THEN TO FORMIC ACID.

- METHANOL IS ALSOBROKEN DOWN INTO FORMIC ACID

WITHIN THE RETINA ITSELF.

THIS FORMATION OFFORMIC ACID

WITHIN THE RETINAACTUALLY CAUSES BLINDNESS.

- I DON'T KNOW,I FEEL KINDA WEIRD.

- ARE YOU OKAY?- MY EYES, LIKE, JUST HURT.

- WHAT, WHAT'S WRONG?- I CAN'T SEE!

I'M BLIND, I'M BLIND.

I'VE GONE BLIND, MABEL!I'M BLIND!

- THIS BUILD-UP OFFORMIC ACID

WOULD'VECAUSED METABOLIC ACIDOSIS,

WHICH WOULD'VEDROPPED HIS PH TO A LEVEL

THAT'S NOTCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE,

AND HIS ORGANS WOULD'VEBEGAN TO SHUT DOWN.

HIS HEARTWOULD'VE SLOWED DOWN,

HIS KIDNEYSWOULD'VE SLOWED DOWN,

AND ULTIMATELY HIS BRAIN

WOULD JUST STOP FUNCTIONING.

announcer: THIS HERE'STHE STORY OF JEB AND MABEL,

HUSBAND AND WIFEWITH NO FOOD ON THE TABLE.

SO THEY WHIPPED UPSOME MOONSHINE

IN THE BACK OF THEIR SHED.

BUT THEY DIDN'T GET RICH,JUST DRUNK...

AND THEN DEAD.

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