Do you have a magical tongue? Do you show off the magic tricks or are you too shy? Do you even know what I’m talking about?
Let me start by telling you that a tongue is a muscle. Remember these two facts:
- The intrinsic muscles lie entirely within the tongue, while the extrinsic muscles attach the tongue to other structures.
- The extrinsic muscles reposition the tongue, while the intrinsic muscles alter the shape of the tongue for talking and swallowing.
Another important fact is:
- The average length of the tongue from the oropharynx to the tip is 10 cm or 4 inches.
I’m not going to ask you how long your tongue is because that sets me up for you to ask me the length of mine.
Hello! Let’s continue on so I can tell you what happened.
There are three crazy things that people try to do with their tongues. Some studies say that it is genetic, some say it isn’t genetic and some say that it is a mixture of both. All I know is that I can do all three…
Several years ago, Alyssa and I went on vacation and one of the places we stopped was Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Almost at the very beginning of our walk through the place we spied a large…I mean LARGE…mirror sat back into a wall. In front of the mirror was a book opened to a page about the tongue and the facts that I mentioned. Then it encouraged us to try these funny tongue tricks while looking in the mirror. I knew I could do them without even trying hard, so why I did it is beyond me.
No one was paying any attention to us, so we both stood looking in the mirror and contorting our tongues into the shapes that not many people can do. We were feeling “special” with our secret skill.
When people started to approach us from behind, we immediately quit and moved so that they could try it, but mostly so that they would not see us looking crazy. Our tongues are shy.
After enjoying ourselves for quite a long time in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – I would guess a couple hours – we finally approached the end.
What is that?
A BIG television.
Is that a tongue on the television?
We approached to watch the unsuspecting people who had just entered Ripley’s and were now standing in front of the tongue mirror. They were really close to the mirror (just like we had been) and they were contorting their tongues all over trying to make them match the picture in the book that was open in front of them.
Alyssa and I looked at each other.
We were mortified!
Other people had watched us do the same thing just as we were watching now!
Obviously, we both wanted to hide!
Then we laughed our heads off.
Mom always told me not to stick out my tongue. I guess I should have listened.
So have you already tried doing all three things yet? If not, get to a mirror and try, then let us all know which you can do.
I promise I’m a grown woman.
I also promise those pictures with the tongues sticking out are not me.