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Old 01-27-08, 06:48 PM
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Indiana Boys Lick Frozen Flagpole.

Indiana Boys Left With Bleeding Tongues After Licking Flagpole
Sunday, January 27, 2008

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325845,00.html

CHESTERTON, Ind. Two fourth-grade boys mimicking a scene from the movie "A Christmas Story" wound up with their tongues stuck to a frozen flagpole.

Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander were serving on flag duty at Jackson Elementary School Friday morning, with the job of raising and lowering the school's flags. They decided to see if their tongues really would stick to the cold metal.

"I decided to try it because I thought all of the TV shows were lies, but turns out I was wrong," Gavin said.

Karen Alexander, James' mother , said her son told her he got the idea from the movie, which is based on stories about a boy growing up in the northwest Indiana community of Hammond in the 1940s.

"I can't believe he did it, but they learned their lesson," she said.

James said he plans to eat a lot of ice cream to help nurse his wound.

"When you're young, you're just messing around," he said.

Billie Dempsey, Gavin's mom, said a nurse called them to tell them the boys' tongues were bleeding.

"The nurse asked them, 'OK, who double-dog dared who?"' Billie Dempsey said, a reference to a phrase that a character in the movie used to dare another child to stick his tongue to the pole.

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I'm glad there are still kids out there interested in verifying whether or not this is true.

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Well, at least it wasn't one kid left out there by himself.
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I tried this on an aluminum strip in my freezer growing up. It stuck a little so didn't even want to think about trying a flagpole.
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Originally Posted by The nurse
OK, who double-dog dared who?
You don't take the dare until someone triple dog dares you. Wimmins
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So they had seen it in A Christmas Story and were surprised their tongues stuck to the poles?

The school shouldn't set aside any space for athletic decathlon awards for them.
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At least the parents aren't suing the school district.

Growing up, I had a coat with a metal zipper. It was one of the coats that you can zip the collar up and cover your mouth with it. My tongue would stick to THAT, so there was no way in hell I was going to be stupid enough to try it on a flag pole.
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If only they watched Mythbusters, this wouldn't've happened.
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At least they didn't lick each other's flag poles.
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the only clear solution here is to ban the movie "A Christmas Story"

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Way to make the Hoosier state proud fellas!

By the way, if I come across any kids were their tongues stuck to a flag pole, what's the best way to get them un-stuck? The news article, nor the movie was very clear on how to remedy the situation.
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but the bell rang!
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Originally Posted by Draven
At least the parents aren't suing the school district.

Give it time, Give it time.
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Go ahead smart-ass, do it!
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Originally Posted by cardsfan111
Way to make the Hoosier state proud fellas!

By the way, if I come across any kids were their tongues stuck to a flag pole, what's the best way to get them un-stuck? The news article, nor the movie was very clear on how to remedy the situation.
I'd assume warm water would do it.

Or a good yank.
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Originally Posted by majorjoe23
So they had seen it in A Christmas Story and were surprised their tongues stuck to the poles?

The school shouldn't set aside any space for athletic decathlon awards for them.
I don't know, I'd rather have kids not believing everything in movies vs. taking them for granted that it's true.

Oh, and did you mean academic decathalon?
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
the only clear solution here is to ban the movie "A Christmas Story"

that should be done anyway
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Originally Posted by keyed
I don't know, I'd rather have kids not believing everything in movies vs. taking them for granted that it's true.

Oh, and did you mean academic decathalon?
Hmm, maybe I shouldn't lick flag poles and type at the same time.
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Originally Posted by ukywyldcat
James said he plans to eat a lot of ice cream to help nurse his wound.
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I licked a pole once. His name was Stanley Kuczynski.

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