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We Triple-Dog-Dare You To Check Out These Hidden Details And Fun Facts From 'A Christmas Story'

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It just isn't the holiday season until Ralphie sadly walks down the stairs dressed as an overgrown pink bunny.

Since its release in 1983, A Christmas Story has become a holiday staple as beloved as It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. From Ralphie's crushing disappointment over radio hero Little Orphan Annie's "secret message" to a joyous family dinner in a local Chinese food restaurant, every moment of Bob Clark's A Christmas Story is a classic. But did you know the magic behind the infamous tongue scene? Or how the movie got made? Did you know you can stay the night at Ralphie's house IRL?

Here are a few hidden details, interesting facts, and need-to-know tidbits about the beloved Christmas movie. 

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    Father Knows Best

    Posted by u/saulfineman:

    I've been watching this movie for 25+ years, last year it finally dawned on me: "The only person he didn't ask to get him a BB gun was the person who got it for him... his dad."

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    A Closer Look At That Chinese Restaurant

    Posted by u/drewbdoo:

    The Chinese restaurant at the end of A Christmas Story (1983) used to be a bowling alley. They just turned off the "W" and call themselves "Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace Co."

    Context: It was a play on an actual experience from assistant director Ken Goch's childhood.

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    The Big, Bad Wolf

    Posted by u/Arch27:

    In A Christmas Story, the musical theme for Scut Farkus is "The Wolf" from Peter and the Wolf. "Farkas" means "wolf" in Hungarian.

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    The Christmas Dinner Scene

    Posted by u/thejohnblog:

    In A Christmas Story, no one told Melinda Dillon (Ralphie's mom) the duck would come out with the head still on, making her reactions the best part of the scene.

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