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The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth of most vertebrates that manipulates food for mastication, and is used in the act of swallowing. It is of importance in the digestive system and is the primary organ of taste in the gustatory system. The tongue's upper surface (dorsum) is covered by taste buds housed in numerous lingual papillae. It is sensitive and kept moist by saliva, and is richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. The tongue also serves as a natural means of cleaning the teeth. A major function of the tongue is the enabling of speech in humans and vocalization in other animals.

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Tongue Moves

Amazing! Who out there can achieve this? Check it out (:

Contributed by John Chervanev

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Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.

Contributed by Kathy Guo

Chinese medicine uses the tongue to tell about overall body health and mental condition. Miley's whitish tongue going viral lets the world know she's still stressing about Liam but she's putting on a happy(?) face to cover it up.

Contributed by Maria Post

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.

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Miley Cyrus' tongue

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Chow Chow- It's Blue!

The Chow Chow dog breed is the only dog breed to have a blue tongue. However, they are not born that way! Chow Chows are born with pink tongues and they become darker as they age, turning completely blue-black by 8-10 weeks of age. As they they get older, sometimes they lose pigment in their tongue and have splashes of pink. They share this dark tongue trait with other animals such as giraffes, polar bears, and some breeds of cattle. The Chinese Shar-Pei comes close to having this characteristic but the Chow Chow is the only dog breed to have a completely colored tongue!

Contributed by Maegen Duran

Oh, Miley..

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Tongues come in various shapes and sizes. They are interesting, yet strange.

Contributed by Adrianne Lewis

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