Hammond statue to immortalize ‘A Christmas Story’ prank

The triple-dog dare scene from the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” will get the treatment commonly afforded to war memorials, as northwest Indiana tourism officials this morning plan to unveil a bronze statue of elementary schooler Flick’s fateful, failed attempt to prove one’s tongue would not stick to a frozen flagpole.
The statue will sit outside a welcome center just south of Interstate 80-94 in Hammond, with today’s ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the film, a sleeper hit that has become a seasonal staple on cable TV and introduced the warning “you’ll shoot your eye out!” into popular culture.
The city was home to author and radio host Jean Shepherd, whose lightly fictionalized accounts of growing up in pre-World War II “Homan, Ind.,” formed the basis for the movie.

Ho ho ho!

Hammond statue to immortalize ‘A Christmas Story’ prank