Diary - Tongue-tied

18th December 2009 at 00:00

It's a scene straight out of the film A Christmas Story, where a boy dares to lick a lamppost and ends up getting his tongue stuck. But this became a real-life drama for a boy in Vancouver, Washington, whose tongue got stuck to a flagpole in below-freezing temperatures outside his school last week.

Officials at Alki Middle School called firefighters for help and, within minutes, a splash of warm water had done the trick and the boy was sipping hot chocolate to ease his pain. Paramedic and firefighter Mike Swanson, who rescued him, said this was the first time he had seen such a mishap in his 18 years in the district fire service.

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