Here’s a wonderful and wacky list of the world’s top five biggest tongues:
Number five goes to 18-year-old Adrianne Lewis, whose tongue is said to measure in at about 10cm. Despite Guinness World Records rejecting her several times, she is still as confident as ever that she has the worlds longest tongue and has created her very own YouTube channel to show off her tricks to the world; she is able to be able to lick her nose, chin, eye, and ELBOW. Her tongue gained global recognition when a photograph went viral. She is said to currently be in talks with Guinness World Records and is waiting to find out if she has beat the existing world record holder.
Number four goes surprisingly to the tube-lipped nectar bat, also known as the Anoura fistula, a native bat of Ecuador whom boast the longest tongues of any mammal in relation to its body size. It’s 8.5cm tongue is 1.5 times longer than it’s body and must be kept inside it’s rib cage, being stowed beside it’s tiny heart, with the base the tongue being at the bottom of the ribcage. It is thought that the bat makes use of it’s incredibly long tongues by dipping it into flowers for collecting necar, but the true purpose of the tongue is officially unknown to this day.
Coming in at number three is Chanel Tapper from Los Angeles, U.S, with her serpent-like tongue which holds the world record for longest recorded female tongue, measuring in at 9.75cm. It’s about the same length as an iPhone, or more disgustingly the world’s largest cockroach – but that’s for another time; she is known for being able to eat yoghurt from a cup without a spoon – using only her tongue to scoop it all out, leaving the cup completely empty.
Number two goes to Byron Schlenker, 47, and his daughter Emily, 14, who boast the world’s widest tongue, measuring in at 8.6cm. The pair from New York have tongues wider than an iPhone 6S, and have become local celebrities in their hometown since winning their Guinness World Record for the world’s widest tongue. Emily’s tongue is not far behind at 7.3cm, and is expected to grow way beyond the size of her fathers as she grows older. Byron holds the world record for world’s widest tongue, and world’s widest male tongue, while Emily holds the record for widest world’s female tongue. The family have said they people often make jokes about their long tongues – but that the family just laugh it off.
Number one goes to Nick Stoeberl from Salinas, U.S, whose tongues holds the official Guinness World Record at a whopping 10.1 centimetres, making his tongue the world’s longest tongue since records began; he says that the most useful attribute of having a long tongue is not having to use napkins – who needs a napkin when you’ve got the world’s longest tongue? Nick has been featured on several radio and television shows around the globe and ever has his own YouTube channel for showing off his unusual tongue.