Sunday regurgitation: What do laundry and a tongue have in common? Besides being wet?



I have not been able to do laundry in three days and it’s not because I’ve refused to do it on principle although I would be completely justified based on the sheer number of filthy, smelly, sticky pairs of socks and underwear wadded up inside dirty shorts and jeans alone. Some might even say that it is my moral, nay … my ethical obligation, on behalf of moms everywhere, to stage a protest and perhaps go on strike until such time as my family gives in to my demands and stops dropping trow in one fell swoop.

But no, the reason at hand for the 75 cubic feet of laundry currently fornicating and breeding on our closet floors is because Nate is busy installing ceramic tile in our laundry room and there’s simply not enough room in there for his meticulous nature and my OCD tendencies.

I’m not complaining.

That will come tomorrow, when I’m sorting and washing and drying and folding until the cows come home and I have to do all their laundry too.

In the meantime, the only thing that’s getting folded around here is Helena’s tongue.

I leave you with the post I wrote last year on this very subject.

Happy Sunday, everyone!


Why can’t she fold laundry like she does her tongue?


The other day, my youngest daughter came running up to me and started hopping up and down excitedly, shouting that she had the coolest thing ever to show me. She demanded I get my camera and I was all over it because cool stuff never happens around me. I returned with my camera and she said “are you ready?” and I said “yep” and she said “are you sure?” and I said “I’m sure” and she said “are you really really sure?” and I said “honey, c’mon, I’m getting old already” and she said “what does that mean?” and I went all Nike on her and shouted “JUST DO IT!” and she shouted “OK” and then she proceeded to break her tongue.

And I dropped my camera and yelled “Oh my God, what the hell are you doing?”

And she said “aaagh! ag aarr!”

And I said “What?”

And she said “Mom! Bad word!”

And I said “Who the hell cares, what in the name of holy hell are you doing with your tongue?”

And she said “aaaarrrhhh eeeeeh ooooo?”

And I said “What?”

And she said “Isn’t it cool?”


And she said “I’m not breaking it! I’m just folding it! Look! I can do it over and over! See? It doesn’t hurt!”

And I saw her do it over and over again. And I’m not sure if I should be proud or worried or grossed out.

So far, I’ve decided to be none of the above and have no opinion whatsoever. I’ll wait to see what everyone else thinks and then holler “I KNOW, RIGHT?!”

In the interim, I will document it for posterity so I can be ready when and if that day ever comes when she is told by some idiot at recess that she can’t do anything special to which I will respond “Hey, no one else I know can fold their tongue in half so you tell him/her/whomever to take that and stick it where the sun don’t shine” because I just live for those moments when I am both motherly and eloquent. They don’t happen very often. At all.

helena sticking out her tongue
Here she is, sticking out her tongue. Nothing is happening yet. Kind of boring, actually. But just you wait.


helena bending tongue some more

Here she is, just starting to bend it. I think it looks kind of weird, but who am I to judge? I’m just her mom. My opinion doesn’t count. And I just remembered, I’m not voicing an opinion until everyone does.

helena bending tongue 1

Here she is … it’s almost there … just a bit more to go …


helena\'s bent tongue

*BAM” – there it is in all its folded glory. Forgive the blurriness, she does it so fast that it kind of freaks me out and causes my hands to shake and my stomach to heave.

helena\'s bent tongue

Here’s a side view, just in case you haven’t grasped the magnitude of this event. No wires, no tape, no glue. Nothing holding that tongue down except sheer will and determination and some freakish genetic anomaly.

Does anybody else do this? Is this normal for an eight year old girl?

I have no idea where she gets this so I’m going to say it’s from Nate’s side of the family because … well, just because. Unless somebody says it’s a sign of extraordinary talent or the mark of a gifted child in which case it most definitely came from mine.

So, what do you think? Should I be proud? Should I be worried? Should I be throwing up? Should I be typing this from the emergency room?

She can also wiggle her ears. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case it matters.



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26 thoughts on “Sunday regurgitation: What do laundry and a tongue have in common? Besides being wet?”

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    I’m glad I’m not the only one with strange kids. Both of mine can (and frequently do!) roll their tongues into a tube and then whistle through them – ew. And Blake can wiggle his ears. My stupid human trick is that I can turn my elbows almost 360 degrees. Hey, everyone has to have a hobby!

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    I can do that, and I can also make it roll like a wave over and over and over again. Most people I show, find it just short of disgusting. I can’t help but to agree with them. Yay for a future in the freak show!

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    I thought I was the only one who could do that LOL. Until finding this page I thought I was unique.
    It would be interesting to find out the ratio of how many people can do this out of a certain number of people.

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    I was just googling trying to find out about this. My 4 year old daughter just did this tonight and I’ve never seen anybody do it before. She can also roll her tongue so it’s flipped completely upside down. LOL

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    Yes, I can do that to. The surface of the tongue has the ability to create a vacuum and hold itself together.

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    Yes, I can do this as well! When I was a younger child, I went to a Rippley’s Believe It or not Museum. They had someone in the museum (on video) doing this as one of their feats! I immediately tried this and was floored by the realization that I could do it as well!

    Fast forward 12 years.

    At this point in my life, I had not met anyone in the entire world that could do this. I travel a lot around the US and show this to so many people that I meet and befriend (as to judge whether I will gross them out or not when I show them).

    Coincidentally, I volunteered to teach English in Thailand two years ago for a few months. While I was over there, I met this amazingly beautiful (both inside and out) girl. Guess what? She could do it too! Long story short, we kept in contact for the past few years and now we are dating!

    Maybe its a natural mate-finder πŸ˜› (I wouldn’t be worried about this, experience tells me that the gift picks out great mates)


    p.s. I don’t actually think that this is anything more than a rare physical ability. But, I do find it a great coincidence and now I tell the story along with showing everyone the trick. Only now, when my girlfriend and I are together, we can BOTH show people! πŸ™‚

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    i honestly don’t know why people get so freaked out about it. it’s not gross or that much of a talent.

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    I can do this too!!! But i cant go to far back. haha But i read somewhere that one in fifteen people are able to do this! So she is very lucky!! And talented! πŸ™‚

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    I CAN DO IT TOO πŸ™‚
    I have personally met 2 others then myself that can do it too. Haha, everyone always thinks its so gross, but i dont see how its that disgusting.

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    My daughter can do that too! She’s been doing it since she was about 5 1/2 and she’s 7 now. Pretty nifty, eh? Mine wont LET me take pictures of it though. I’ll have to show your’s to her and maybe she’ll let me do it!


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    Its perfectly normal. All it takes is a flexible tongue and some practice in front of the mirror. I can do 5 tongue tricks πŸ˜€

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    I can do that too.. lol foreeall. I dunno how people decide “heyy i think i’ll try to fold my tongue in half.. hmm… well at least i’m not a freak or something since other people can do it lol.

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    My daughter, now 17, discovered that she could do the same thing at around the same age. I think it was when she was stretching during a gymnastics training session.

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    my daughters been doing the same. No one could do it in her school and she searched the internet for anyone else who could

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      I can do it too. Lol.
      You asked my question I was on here looking. One time I read something that said 1 in ten thousand can do it. Seems like more when you read this site.
      I can also touch my nose. Lol
      Gene Simmons has nothing on me! Lol.

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    When I was younger i found out that one in four people in a family can do this and it is really rare! Ripleys believe it or not in Branson Missouri featured a video on it with this information, I do not know if it is still there after the tornado went through downtown a few years back. However, it’s a cool trick to show people and watch their reactions!

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    I can do that with my tongue, I always think it’s cool. I also used to be able to turn the top of my ear inside out and it would stay like that for a while.

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