Even though I pride myself on being a cross both a Scrooge and a Grinch about the holidays once Thanksgiving passes, I still love A Christmas Story. I may not have actually ever watched the movie the entire way through in order, but bah humbug I’ve caught every scene at some point thanks to TBS’s 24-hour Christmas Day marathons. Then I put them in the correct order in my brain like a fun puzzle.
One scene pretty much everyone has seen or at least is aware of is the infamous tongue-stuck-to-the-pole scene. I recreate it in real life every time I lick a popsicle that’s been in the back of the freezer for a while. But Improv Everywhere — the fun group behind such “Movies in Real Life” reenactments as the When Harry Met Sally orgasm scene – decided to recreate it in public on the New York subway in front of unsuspecting strangers. And naturally it wasn’t a flag pole but a subway pole.
Thankfully the tongue in question was “a prosthetic tongue with a magnet inside,” according to the video’s description, so the actor didn’t actually make tongue-to-subway-pole contact, in which case I shudder to think what kind of germs would be passed on. Germs or no germs, though, you have to admire these kids’ dedication to getting the characters’ dialogue down, right down to the old-fashioned delivery. Doesn’t it just make you want to drink your Ovaltine?
I also love that the passengers immediately start recording the bit on their phones instead of helping him. I mean, it’s pretty obvious this is a reenactment, but what if one day a kid does manage to get his tongue stuck to an unfrozen subway pole? What then?!
So go ahead and watch it. I triple dog dare ya. That means you have to do it. That’s right, I skipped over all the other dares to get there. I mean business.