Magical Tongue in the Mirror

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa

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:

  1. The intrinsic muscles lie entirely within the tongue, while the extrinsic muscles attach the tongue to other structures.
  2. The extrinsic muscles reposition the tongue, while the intrinsic muscles alter the shape of the tongue for talking and swallowing.

Another important fact is:

  1. 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…

tongue fold, curl and touch nose

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 television?

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.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shawn January 12, 2010 at 3:32 am

My tongue is amazing also! I can do all those things and more….heh, heh.

Fun story—to be sure.


2 Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 5:12 am

you are still doing this, i thought it was crazy when you were a kid! you should of told how the tongue is the most offensive body part we have. it can hurl words that will cut out a heart better than a heart doctor. it can turn peoples lives into hell just by what rolls off of it. It can slither words off that will destroy a childhood. The tongue should stay in the mouth and learn to be still,lol.

your mom
PS I love the post under this one, so cute. if you do two post a day ,we will never see you and you will become like your chair. alone!!!!!!


3 The Redhead Riter January 12, 2010 at 5:18 am

Mom…you are so silly. Don't you like the two posts? It is something to brighten the middle of your day! Now you can think about me twice as much! LOL Don't worry. You will see me, however, I really do like sitting in this chair and letting my fingers peck on these keys…clickity clickity click


4 Gabrielle January 12, 2010 at 5:31 am

I love that!! I'm not that talented only a few tricks the fold and the tie a knot in something. 🙂 Have a great week!


5 Unknown Mami January 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

I can make a clover with my tongue.


6 Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional? January 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

Don't you love the visits from our mothers?

Sounds like a fun thing to do with my kids…tongue tricks, we are a talented family after all.


7 Pennie January 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Alas! I can only curl my tongue, however I can snap my tongue SO LOUD, you would be very impressed – not the usual clucking, it is REALLY LOUD. I know you're impressed already.


8 Teresha@Marlie and Me January 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

the only thing I can do with my tongue is taste food. oh, and stick it out at bad drivers (it's more polite than flipping them off, right?)


9 Cynthia Schuerr April 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Red, you are so entertaining! LOL!
I wish I had as much fun with my Mom and consequently, my daughters and son, as you do.


10 Bev April 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

Totally been there and done that. It was hilarious to find out we were being watched…LOL.


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