Welcome to Saturday Snippets ..my one-word prompt today is “Tongue”
Where did the word “Tongue” come from? It is like every one-word prompt my muse just drops it in my lap…and as most faces have one so seemed like the obvious choice…
My first thoughts when I thought of tongue was the brawn my mother used to make and “The Rolling Stones”…A big red tongue has been their trademark for years and 40 licks was one of my father’s favourite albums and mine…
What kid doesn’t love to poke their tongue at you, cats, dogs and many animals use their tongue to clean themselves, snakes flick their tongues they use their tongues for collecting chemicals from the air or ground. The tongue does not have receptors to taste or smell. Instead, these receptors are in the vomeronasal, or Jacobson’s Organ, which is in the roof of the mouth…
Humans use their tongues for chewing and swallowing food, as well as for speech. The four common tastes are sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The tongue has many nerves that help detect and transmit taste signals to the brain…when you stop and think the tongue is a wonderful organ…let’s see what other connections I can find to the “tongue”
Let’s liven up the proceedings with a bit of music from the Stones and their album 40 licks…
There are also lots of “Tongue Twisters”…a tongue twister is meant to be said quickly and can be quite funny as we trip over our tongues…
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
- Betty Botter bought some butter
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
- She sells seashells by the seashore…
My mother and grandmother used to make brawn which is bits of meat in jelly or she would cook the cows tongue and then thinly slice it …my father loved it in a sandwich with some mustard…it is something I haven’t cooked and didn’t like as a child…would I like it now…the jury’s out on that as I am unlikely to cook it myself…
In Chinese cuisine Spicy Duck Tongues are popular…in fact, many cultures around the world still cook tongue and in many, it is regarded as a delicacy…It may be boiled, pickled, braised, baked or grilled. Any sauce may be added to the cooked tongue, including curry, tomato, sweet and sour, as well as cold sauces, such as vinaigrette or dill sauce.
How many of you have or had a “Mother in Laws Tongue” plant...I’m not sure if they are as popular today as they used to be …but an interesting fact is that… Mother in law’s tongue plant benefits includes purifying the air.
This plant has been recognized by NASA for purifying the air and absorbing toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene. …maybe our mothers-in-law of old knew something we didn’t!
But please remember while it has benefits like purifying the air it is toxic to cats and dogs.
The Tongue of the Ocean is a deepwater basin in the Bahamas that is surrounded to the east, west and south by a carbonate bank known as the Great Bahama Bank.
The deep blue water of the Tongue is a stark contrast to the shallow turquoise waters of the surrounding Bank.
Did you know?
A shoe has a tongue it the flap which goes underneath the laces.
If someone gives you a “TongueLashing” it means they are really displeased with you and tell you so in no uncertain terms.
According to the Guinness World Records, the current title of World’s Longest Tongue belongs to an American named Nick Stoeberl, whose tongue measures 3.97 inches (10.1 cm).
Every person’s tongue is unique and similar to fingerprints, some see the potential for the tongue to act as an identity identify verification tool. The tongue is protected in the mouth and would be difficult to forge, and a person can stick it out for examination. Researchers are working on ways to use the tongue as a biometric authenticator – a reliable way to positively identify a person.
Don’t try this one at home since you will probably cause severe injury and permanent damage! The record for lifting the greatest weight with a human tongue is held by Thomas Blackthorne, who lifted 27 lb 8.96 oz. with the help of a hook through his tongue….Ouch!
Have you ever annoyed someone by clicking your tongue a bunch of times? Imagine if you held the record for the loudest tongue click. Kunal Jain of Canada generated a sound level reading of 114.2 dBA. As Guinness World Records states in comparison, “a lawnmower is on average 90 dBA and a car horn is 110 dBA.” If you want to see how your volume compares, just download Decibel X, or any other reliable sound meter app.
To finish I’ll leave you with another track from the Stones album “40 Licks!”
That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Can you touch your nose with your tongue? I look forward to your comments as always…Have a lovely Saturday …See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup xx