How long is the average tongue?.
Californian Nick Stoeberl has just taken over as holder of the world record for the longest tongue. His measures 10.1cm (about 4in) from the tip to the middle of the closed top lip. How does this compare with the average person’s tongue, asks Clare Spencer.
Guinness World Records, which will include Stoeberl in the 2015 edition of its famous book, says that the average tongue is 10cm long when measured from the oropharynx – the place in the back of the throat where the tongue begins – to the tip. In other words, the part of Stoeberl’s tongue that extends beyond the lips is longer than the average person’s tongue in its entirety.
Another way of measuring tongues is from the epiglottis to the tip. The epiglottis is a flap of cartilage found in the mouth behind the tongue