Myth-testing teenager injures tongue on chilly lamppost

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Myth-testing teenager injures tongue on chilly lamppost

A teenager in Saarland who wanted the test the popular theory about tongues and lampposts in sub-zero weather learned a painful lesson over the weekend, police reported.


As Germany battled freezing weekend weather that caused transport chaos and at least six deaths, the witless youth, 16, stuck his tongue to a lamppost in the city of Saarlouis on Saturday night and had to be treated by paramedics after he tore himself loose.

A police spokesman said the youth’s friend called emergency services, but by the time the ambulance arrived the boy had torn himself free, leaving paramedics with the job of treating him for a bloody tongue.

Remarkably, paramedics said this was not the first such incident they had been called to help with on Saturday night in Saarland, where the temperature dropped to -20 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, flights resumed at Düsseldorf airport – Germany’s third largest – on Monday morning after being cancelled or redirected over much of the weekend. Between 8,000 and 10,000 people were stranded at the airport over the weekend as heavy snowfalls caused havoc with flight plans. Flights in and out of Frankfurt were also disrupted.

By Monday morning, temperatures had begun to creep back up across Germany after plummeting as low as -30 degrees in parts of the country on Saturday night.

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