A Christmas Story (1983)

Never has a child wanted a BB gun more than nine-year-old Ralphie Parker. Correction: Never has a child wanted a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle more than Ralphie Parker. Little Ralphie, played by Peter Billingsley in child form and voiced by Jean Shepherd in adult form, goes to great lengths to make sure he gets (and keeps) his dream Christmas present, even lying straight to his mother's face about nearly shooting his eye out. While A Christmas Story is a beloved classic for most kids born before 1990, it also provided a truly poignant holiday lesson: Never, ever lick a pole during wintertime.

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  1. rick • January 12, 2017 @ 5:55 PM

    I can relate to the BB gun and shooting your eye out. I received an air rifle
    for a Christmas present back in the early 60’s. One day i was
    in the basement shooting at the concrete walls and cans I had set up as targets.
    When I spotted a spider walking on the concrete floor I waited till it was crawling
    between my legs and without thinking pointed the rifle straight down and fired.
    Imagine my shock when instantly I felt a sharp pain between my eyes and centered
    on my nose when the BB richoted straight back. I just stood there realizing
    that if the BB had bounced an inch or 2 left or right I would have spent the
    rest of my life as a 1 eyed person entirely due to childish stupidity .

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