Lizards must be trembling in their boots as an 18-year-old who claims to have the longest tongue in the world is encroaching on their territory.
Adrianne Lewis, from Michigan, says her tongue is an unbelievable four inches long, giving her the unique ability to not only lick her nose, chin and elbow but also – shockingly – her eye. Her reptile-like appendage has gained global recognition after a photo of it went viral online.
She is currently in talks with Guinness World Records and waiting to see find out if she has defeated the current record holder Nick Stoeberl, whose tongue reaches just 3.9 inches. Adrianne said: ‘I feel as though I may have inherited it but I think with time and me sticking out my tongue a lot as a kid could have stretched it.
‘My mum, grandmother and my great grandfather all had very long tongues. ‘They said they’d like to feature me and I love Ripley’s so it was exciting to be in the books.’ Adrianne created her own YouTube channel two years ago to showcase all of her tricks.
She said: ‘People started viewing after I made my first video, and I already had 250 views the first day. After making more videos – all about her tongue – Adrianne has now gathered 855 followers, and the total is climbing. ‘Someone also posted my picture on I-Funny and I had a friend from Colorado text me and tell me he saw me on the site.
‘The next week I had a friend from Africa send me a message also, so it’s not just in my town, it’s people all over the world who have seen me.’ While she receives lots of positive feedback online, Adrianne also has to put up with a lot of inappropriate comments from internet trolls. Adrianne said: ‘I delete a lot of the bad comments and try to keep it as clean as possible.
‘People have accused me of editing my videos and have said that my tongue’s not real. And Adrianne’s boyfriend, Tim Hegedus, 19, is also bothered by the comments. Tim said: ‘There’s a lot of weird people on the internet and I’ve seen some comments that are a little uncomfortable. ‘If I could fight the internet, I would – but there’s not much I can do. ‘Just appreciate the person that’s attached to the tongue, that’s all I have to say.’