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Myth-testing teenager injures tongue on chilly lamppost

DDP/The Local · 21 Dec 2009, 10:05

Published: 21 Dec 2009 10:05 GMT+01:00

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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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Your comments about this article

12:31 December 21, 2009 by Heinrich der Zweite
I once had a bloody cold girlfriend and sustained similar injuries.
22:18 December 21, 2009 by wxman
Clearly proof that it's not routinely cold enough in Germany. In the northern US, no one over the age of 6 years would be stupid enough to try this.
14:52 December 22, 2009 by DavidtheNorseman
wxman, that's because all of us who live in Northern countries had *already* tried it by age 6 and found out that, like touching the element on the stove your Mother said not to, it isn't a good idea :-)
02:55 January 1, 2010 by ron1amr
In the movie dumb and dumber Jeff Daniels is on a sky lift and sees ice on the post and sticks his tongue on the post. Being stuck there. some children sitting next to him he says hey kids you wouldn't have a glass of warm water would you?
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