Tongue Twister: Cold Kid Copies Christmas Story

Temperatures hit 30 below across northeast
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 2:22 PM CST

(Newser) – With much of the US in a deep freeze, life imitated a holiday classic for a boy who froze his tongue to a metal pole on a dare, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. “You’d think everybody in the country had seen A Christmas Story by now,” a police officer said. “Remember what happened to Flick.”

The cold snap that engendered Tuesday’s triple-dog-dare hit much of the northeast today, and temperatures south of 30 below zero have been reported from Montana to Maine, the AP adds. South Dakota hit a record-breaking 47 below; a gas-station attendant said it took 10 minutes to get the pumps moving. “It just hurts to breathe out there,” he added.