I thought this only happened on tv


Well I guess you really can get your head stuck in a banister. Yes, I did try the butter trick but with no luck. My husband came home and had to knock out the underside of the wood to release one of the banister rails. Thankfully it was an easy fix.


Submitted by: Rebecca T.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640260988 Amber Lyda

    I did that when I was a kid…but i was on the second story of a mall.  I just had to see what was down below.  The worst part was I was totally old enough to know better.

  • Luis Lopez Cecco

    insted of pulling the head out, why didnt you push the body throw the banister rails, we did that when a cousin did the same but on a steel fence

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72100042 Kayla Berger

      Same thing happened to my son and I just had him turn sideways and his body fit through. I panicked at first but then figured out to do that.

  • Anonymous

    How is it that a head can fit in but not out? It must be the ears; they snag on either side of the space. Maybe a piece of paper or cardboard on each side of the kid’s head would hold his ears flat enough for a reversal.

  • T.Christina Jacobs

    I did that on/in a bridge in Paris, France when I was maybe 3 or 4. My parents tried everything and were about to call the police/ambulance when a scruffy looking French guy came over to help. Turns out the space between the bars is larger at the top then the bottom, so I just had to slide my head up and it came right out! An easy fix, but not so much for my psyche, it’s one of my most vivid memories!

  • ender

    My nephew did this on the Golden Gate Bridge back in 1991. He was 4 years old. It took a lot of gentle pulling to get him out and he ripped the skin behind his ears. Luckily he had a big head. A few months after our incident, another boy did the same thing and went straight through and fell to his death. 🙁

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=855625346 Dina Gunderson Altschuler

    Well at least nothing else got ruined in the house while he stood there stuck…lol.  Priceless thanks for posting!  Is that going on the photo Christmas card?  😉

  • Anonymous

    Lmao…this had me cracking up cuz i remember when this exact same thing happened to me…except i was 11/12 at the time so no sliding my body thru…all i remember is my two older sisters (we are each a year apart) scaring the crap out of me, thinking of ways to “get me out”….lol…turned out i just had to take my “pig-tails” out of my hair first…but phew! it was a close one….my sisters were about ready to put butter, oil, dishwasher soap….anything they could think of to torture me some more…lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Smart/1425490467 Phil Smart

    My little brother did this when he was a child. Turns out he went in body first, backwards. That’s how they do it.

    • Ann Wahlström

      If they try THAT a bit higher up in the stairs… Brrrrr, make the hair of my arms stand right up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500237116 Lindsay Heck

    HAHAHA i did that on the bannister at my parents house, it was easy enough to come out but now i cringe everytime my own son gets close to the bannister with his head!!

  • cascadebeads

    Poor little guy, Im sure he was freaking out! Maybe not as much as mum, who had to figure out how to get him out! Sorry, but it made me laugh:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Lamb/1273896593 Jennifer Lamb

    Nope, not just in movies! I thought the same thing when my 2 yr old son did it. The funny thing is we ignored him for a while because he was calmly saying “mommy help!” We thought he was playing and didn’t look at him until he screamed bloody murder. Then of course we laughed before we buttered him up and yanked till he screamed again. I was about ready to call 911 when my hubby got out a screwdriver and removed the cast iron bar off.

  • Megan Foreback

    I remember doing this when I was little…