Nothing you see on TV is real, right? That’s what two fourth-graders in Indiana thought when they mimicked a scene from the movie “a Christmas story,” betting that their tongues wouldn’t really stick to a cold flagpole if they licked it. Turns out, some things you see on TV really are true!
The two boys, Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander, were on flag duty at Jackson Elementary school one chilly Friday morning. They were in charge of rising and lowering the schools flags. James’ mother, Karen Alexander, said that her son got the idea from the classic movie, which depicts different stories about a child growing up in Indiana in the 1940’s. Curiosity-perhaps mixed in with a double dare or two-got the better of them.
“I decided to try it because I thought all of the TV shows were lies, but it turns out I was wrong,” said Gavin. The school nurse was forced to call their parents because the boys’ tongues were bleeding. Yes, tongues really do stick to flag poles…and ski lifts, and bike racks, and 67′ Shelby Mustangs. Found that last one out the hard way.