Stick out your tongue and wiggle it around a bit. Notice how unique and strong this muscle is, and how much it does for you. It’s one of the reasons why scientists are pioneering research into tongue input technology.
Everybody has seen the tongue map – that little diagram of the tongue with different sections neatly cordoned off for different taste receptors. Sweet in the front, salty and sour on the sides and bitter at the back.
A chameleon's tongue is nearly two times the length of its body and it can shoot out that slimy sticky thing at 41 g, roughly four times the maximum acceleration of a fighter jet, with deadly quick accuracy: its tongue can reach its prey in 0.07 seconds. Basically, it's an insane, superpower-like weapon to have.
I never knew there was such a thin line between being impressive and being disgusting but artist Ani K is toeing it. Or to be more accurate, tongue-ing it. That's because instead of using a paintbrush to paint, Ani K uses his tongue to create his artwork.
Toothbrushes haven't changed much. Sure some fancy tech wiz brushes spin the bristles themselves but at the end of the day, after centuries of use, we still have to hold the damn thing. Not anymore. The T2T is a hands free toothbrush that you slip onto your tongue to do your teeth cleaning. It's the grossest way to be…
Ah, chips. Who doesn't love them? If only—and I'm being nitpicky here—if only they could, I don't know, turn your tongue some ungodly color for no reason. Right? Oh, wait, PepsiCo's Twisties to the rescue!
Let's face it—most of us will drink anything put in front of us, but an electronic tongue developed at a Barcelona university is capable of telling the difference between not just any old wine, but sparkling cava.
Researchers have tested a tongue piercing that'll allow paralyzed people to steer their wheelchairs in any direction. All they have to do is move their tongue a specific direction and the wheelchair will follow.
Hundreds of photos of BSODs arranged into the visage of Steve Ballmer, a stabbing, probing, flicking tongue protruding from the gaping maw in the center. Here's the tongue—oh God—up close, so you can see some of the photos:
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