Not only does the Library of Congress possess the 1894 original copy of Edison’s five-second film Fred Ott’s Sneeze, but they also own an accompanying 60-second reel of missed attempts. (Ott’s sneeze was prompted by a pinch of snuff, but Ott’s clumsiness was seen as he missed his nostril twice in a row. The occasional jokester, Edison himself even tried to trick Ott into taking snuff laced with ground pepper.) Most film historians agree this is the first existing “blooper reel”.

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