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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering what it must be like to want to lick everything.We sat at home last night wondering about this as our dog began licking our hand, then our wrist and then turned around and began licking the carpet, and then she began licking herself … all over.What is it like to have such a commanding tongue? We are slaves to every one of our senses except the tongue; even those who eat a lot don’t go licking the carpet when it smells like spilled eggs. We watch car crashes with open eyes; we smell things, even when we know it’s going to stink; we hear things and we listen intently; but no upright walker we know lives their life through their tongue.It’s hard for us to get a grasp on. Dogs clean themselves with their tongues and then fight us to get out of the bathtub. We have pride in many things, but one of them isn’t our saliva.Have you ever really looked at your tongue? It must have been what Mars looked like when water flowed there. It’s bumpy and red, and gives off a nice sheen. Yet, we don’t feel the need to grab life by the tongue and, well, whatever you do from there. The tongue, in all its muscular glory, will stay where it belongs – in our head.This, apparently, is why we’re writing a column about it this morning.***And this, apparently, brings us to the chameleon, which can snag insects and other lizards with its tongue and drag them tractor-beam style to their eventual end. We wanted to see how, biologically speaking, a chameleon can do this.This is what we found, courtesy http://webhost.ua.ac.be/funmorph/ anthony/chameleon.html.”We filmed chameleons eating a variety of prey by use of high-speed video systems. These films indicated that just before prey contact, two tongue lips are created and positioned over the prey.”The tongue, which has grown lips (all in a nanosecond), then uses the dimple between the lips for suction, and locks onto their prey.Fascinating, we tell you. And Science Magazine thought it was, too, and wrote that the chameleon’s force was similar to a human tongue lifting a 10 kilogram weight.No thank you.***And this leads us to the Bible. Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.”We’ll leave you to ponder that one.***It’s Wednesday, and our band name today is the “Lazy Tongues.” Leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or an e-mail to summitup@summitdaily.com.We’re out licking our troubles away …


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