Is there anything more binding than a triple dog dare?
Not in the 1983 holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story,’ there isn’t. Remember the part when little Flick, played by Scott Schwartz, was dared to press his tongue against a frozen flagpole?
The scene has since become a Christmas icon, and, inexplicably, gone on to inspire generations of real-life copy cats. In a 2015 interview with Yahoo!, Schwartz said that he gets “several calls” from reporters every year asking if he has any comment on a new incident of a kid sticking their tongue to a frozen flagpole.
"I go, 'Yeah, he's a schmuck,'" he said.
Recently, Schwartz also explained to Mental Floss how they were able to film the scene without actually sticking the child’s tongue to a frozen piece of metal (apparently there are rules against this sort of thing). He explained a process of a pinpoint hole in the fake pole attached to a suction tube, which worked like a low-grade vacuum cleaner on his tongue.
Okay. That’s all well and good, but, like, would your tongue really stick to a frozen pole in real life? Why don’t you try it out and let us know? In the meantime, revisit the classic clip below.