“OK, Who Double-Dog Dared Who?”

That was the nurse asking.

…Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander were serving on flag duty at Jackson Elementary School Friday morning, with the job of raising and lowering the school’s flags. They decided to see if their tongues really would stick to the cold metal.

Our squadron actually had its own version of this story enshrined in our memories, only it was Osan, -10° and…

…one of the 500 pounders hung on a ready-to-launch Intruder.
That was one lispy-assed plane captain.
Thank God they use hand signals.

10 Responses to ““OK, Who Double-Dog Dared Who?””

  1. Gunslinger says:

    So, is Peter Billingsly gonna get hauled before a judge for influencing impressionable youth?

    Actually, it’s refreshing to hear of a school story that didn’t involve violence or some sort of criminal sexual tryst/kidnapping.

    Thx THS.

  2. spot_the_dog says:

    I agree with Gunslinger that it’s refreshing to hear such an innocent school story. Thank heavens that I grew up pre-internet and thus didn’t have all my youthful goof-ups recorded forever for a global audience (although I have sibs with unfortunately-good memories).
    I was really glad to see that American school-kids still raise and lower the flag at school – for some reason I thought that would have gone by the wayside by now. I went to school in America and still remember the awesome sense of responsibility that came with being rostered on to Flag Duty in primary school.
    Now, these boys were in 4th grade, THS, and as one of them said “When you’re young, you’re just messing around.” This business with the squadron, how old were you all? 😉

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    I bet their moms gave them quite a tongue lashing when they got home…
    spot, I am glad to hear about the flag raising too; thank god for the mid-west! sadly, I don’t think the kids do that here on the east coast.

  4. El Cid says:

    That was one lispy-assed plane captain.
    Well of course, especially if one stuck their tongue to one of the 500 pounders hung on a ready-to-launch Intruder, in flight.

  5. The_Real_JeffS says:

    That’s the kind of lip service people pay attention to!

  6. That 1 Guy says:

    Bingley… that was a groaner. Although, it did make me laugh.
    I’d have paid to see that, THS…

  7. Skyler says:

    Great picture! Where can I get a copy? 🙂

  8. Kate P says:

    Ah, good old-fashioned experimentation.
    Mr. Bingley, as to your comment about the East Coast, I don’t know how far-reaching it was, but when I was in grade school our flagpole was removed after a school in the Philadelphia school district had an incident where their flagpole fell on some children. It was the school I transferred to, so I’m guessing that happened around ’84 or ’85.

  9. nightfly says:

    Silly kids. Schwartz TRIPLE dog-dared Flick. They should have held out a bit.

  10. “This business with the squadron, how old were you all? ;-)”
    Old enough to use profane language expertly when we mocked him (repeatedly), El Cid. {8^P
    (Skyler ~ to paraphrase Abby Hoffman, “Steal this one!”)

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