As young Maddie Gilmartin was walking around outside of her house one day a thought popped into her head, “what would happen if I stuck my tongue to this flagpole?” Sure enough she tried it and for those of you who has ever seen the movie A Christmas Story; you can guess what happened next. She got stuck. She thought it would come right off, but it didn’t.
Maddie began flailing her arms about screaming for help, just like Flick in A Christmas Story. Meanwhile, Maddie’s father was plowing snow down the driveway and her mother was inside the house. Maddie’s tongue remained stuck to the flagpole for 15 minutes.
“I see her standing at the flagpole, her arms are waving and I’m not quite sure what’s going on until I get closer,” stated Maddie’s dad Shawn Gilmartin to WMUR. “She tried to pull her tongue off of it as soon as it happened and that’s what made it bleed,” he went on to explain. Maddie’s dad tried everything he could to remove her from the pole without hurting her, but was unsuccessful.
Eventually the ambulance came and successfully removed Maddie’s tongue from the flagpole, tongue intact. She was taken to the ER and treated; fortunately she is going to make a complete recovery. Didn’t Maddie ever watch A Christmas Story? Apparently she didn’t. But she has learned her lesson and is sharing her newfound lesson with the world: “Think before you do something.”
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