The Guinness World Records are made up of oddities from around the world. From time to time, a Michigan resident will win a spot and hold a world record.

Recently a man from Battle Creek named Dante Barnes was featured on the Guinness World Records YouTube channel. Dante has the largest tongue circumference in the world for a male. When he expands his tongue (which is a little creepy to see), his tongue reaches roughly 1.65 inches in height and 1.57 inches in width. When you wrap a tape measure around his tongue, it measures 4.8 inches (in the video below it even measures larger than that!). It compares in size to a ping pong ball or an egg.

Here is the video from Guinness World Records featuring Dante and his large tongue...

I love the reactions of the people in the video. They aren't quite sure what to think of his "talent". His parents even told him to "never do that again"!

He considers his tongue a "gift" that he discovered a few years ago at the age of 20. (How many of you are trying to do the same thing with your tongue right now?!)

He has posted videos of his tongue and one of the videos has had over 63 million views, and another over 20 million.

Dante's record was confirmed by Guinness World Records on December 24th, 2021. There is no word on who the female record holder might be.

I seem to bite my tongue accidentally way too often. I can only imagine what a problem it would be with a tongue that size.

Congratulations on your record Dante!

Other tongue records listed by Guinness World Records on their website include:

World's Longest Tongue: Nick Stoeberl from California has a tongue that is 3.97 inches long. Read that story and see pictures here.

Longest Dog Tongue: The Dog with the longest tongue is Mochi “Mo” Rickert, a female St Bernard from South Dakota. Her tongue is 7.3 inches long.


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