Under "trading" in the Munchkin instructions it states that:
You may trade Items (but not other cards) with other players. You may only trade Items from the table - not from your hand.
but in the following paragraph it says:
You may also give Items away without trade, to bribe other players - "I'll give you my Flaming Armor if you won't help Bog fight that dragon!" You may show your hand to others. Like we could stop you.
In the "Asking For Help" section it says:
You can bribe someone to help. In fact, you'll probably have to. You may offer your helper any Item(s) you are currently carrying, or any number of the Treasure cards the monster has.
And at the beginning of the "Turn Phases" section it says:
At the start of your turn, you may play cards, switch items from "in use" to "carried" or vice versa, trade items with other players, and sell items for levels
This would mean that carried items are those in your hand and would cause bribes to function differently than standard trading. Does this mean that "bribes" can only be given from you hand?