Sunday, February 14, 2010

How to Touch Your Nose with Your Tongue

Greetings! I know, I know, I've been a lazy blogger the last couple of days. I thought I'd make up for it today by tackling one of man's most perplexing dilemmas.

How DO you touch your nose with the tip of your tongue?

This is a great way to wow your friends and family at your next birthday party, and it's not hard to do if your tongue is willing to play along. You put your hands on the table (or your lap, or the chair, or anyplace else they'll stay out of the way). You stick your tongue out as far as it can go. There's no need to stand on manners here, pretend you're a frog going for a fly. Slowly curl the tip up and back until your tongue makes a backward "L" and the tip touches some point on your nose.

That's all there is to it!

This is going to be very, very easy for some people, since their tongues are going to be naturally predisposed to touching their noses. The ability to touch your nose with your tongue is a genetic trait that rolls down from parent to child. It doesn't seem to have any preference in carriers, and it has been known to skip a generation or six from time to time. So if your dad can do it and you can't, don't take it personally. It doesn't mean he didn't love you, and there's no need to put your therapist on speed dial while you work it out. It just means your mother's non-nose touching DNA was a little stronger and decided to boot Dad's off the scene!

Large noses and long tongues seem to be a vital part of being able to pull this off (elephants have no problem with it), so if you don't have one or the other you probably don't have much chance of making the Olympic nose touching team. All right, so it's not really a sport. It's only a matter of time. In the meantime, don't feel bad if your tongue refuses to pick your nose for you. It just means you're one of the millions of people whose tongues have decided snot is disgusting and they don't want anything to do with it!

1 comment:

  1. But the title makes it seem like there's hope! Will stretching help? I MUST know!