Video: The Daily Show Considers Idaho's Two-Headed Fish

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Idaho had its moment on prime time television Thursday night ... but it wasn't the kind of exposure that the Chamber of Commerce would necessarily get excited over. The Daily Show with Jon Strewart, on Comedy Central, visited the Gem State to consider the strange case of the two-headed fish. A Daily Show crew visited Boise in early May to chronicle the mystery.

A young, deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout is seen in this photograph taken from a draft of the J.R. Simplot Co.s report on the effects of selenium on fish near the companys Smoky Canyon mine.
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  • A young, deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout is seen in this photograph taken from a draft of the J.R. Simplot Co.'s report on the effects of selenium on fish near the company's Smoky Canyon mine.

In February Citydesk first told you about a two-headed trout that had been hatched in an Eastern Idaho laboratory following reports of contamination in Idaho's Smoky Canyon mine, leading to a wide range of deformities. Studies commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Co. confirmed selenium contamination coming from the company's phosphate mine, east of Soda Springs. The contamination was linked to snout, crania and fin deformities of fish in the watershed.

Thursday night, The Daily Show's Aaasif Mandvi filed a report, dubbed "A Simple Plot," concerning Simplot and the pollution of Idaho's rivers. Take a look.