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You Asked 4 It: Why will a tongue stick to a frozen pole?

Eddie Garcia
December 14, 2018 10:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— KOB 4 Meteorologist Eddie Garcia received a new question for his You Asked 4 It series:


“Why does the kid get his tongue stuck to the pole in A Christmas Story,” Brooklyn asked.

To help explain why a person’s tongue could get stuck to a frozen help, Eddie sought help from the Air Force Research Lab.

Eddie and Dr. Oscar Martinez froze part of a metal pole with liquid nitrogen.

They used a chicken breast to replicate a human tongue.

After a few moments, the moisture on the chicken froze to the pole.

Dr. Martinez explained why that happened.

“Your tongue is wet and when you put it onto something like this metal, that wetness will wet the metal and immediately freeze,” Dr. Martinez said. “Once it's frozen, it's bonded to your tongue and bonded to this and you essentially have a crystal you can't break.”

Once established, the icy bond acts as a powerful glue.

The best way to release an item from a frozen surface is using warm water. The water melts the ice, releasing the bond.

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Eddie Garcia

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