Chances are you'll be watching 'A Christmas Story' at least once over the next few days. Ever since TBS started airing 24 hours of the film beginning Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, it's become a tradition in many households to keep their televisions tuned in to Ralphie's X-mas-related trials and tribulations for hours upon hours on end.
As such, there's a good chance a few questions may pop up while the film is playing in the background, attempting to drown out Uncle Eddie's post-Christmas dinner snoring. We'll be taking the next couple of days to answer some of those questions for you, this way when your little cousin Bobby turns and asks whether you can really get your tongue stuck to a flagpole, you'll be waiting with a smile and the correct answer.
'A Christmas Story' Myth #1: Can You Really Get Your Tongue Stuck to a Flagpole?
Short Answer: Yes.
Longer Answer: We all remember the scene where the kids triple-dog dare Flick to stick his tongue to a flagpole. He does it, but then gets it stuck and has to wait for the fire department to come to help him remove it. But why, exactly, does it get stuck?