All day long it helps you speak, taste, kiss, swipe that speck of lipstick off your teeth — and so much more. (You couldn't sing without it either!)
So, What Does Your Tongue Exactly Do?
It Protects: Taste buds at the back of the tongue are highly sensitive to bitter flavors—they alert you if that milk's gone bad before you swallow it.
It Grips: Bumps along your tongue's surface give it a rough texture that grabs onto food as you chew.
It Tastes: Your tongue and nose work together to help identify different flavors, from salty to sweet.
8: How many muscles intertwine to make up the tongue.
10,000: The approximate number of taste buds you're born with. (You lose some as you age.)
67: The percentage of women able to roll their tongue, per one study.