Adrianne Lewis believes she has the world’s longest tongue, measuring a whopping four inches. The 18-year-old’s serpent-like appendage can touch her nose, chin, elbow, and even her eye with a little help.
It has been globally recognized after a photo of her sticking her tongue out went viral online, and she is currently in talks with Guinness World Records and waiting to see if she’s the new record holder.
The current record holder is Nick Stoeberl’s 3.9-inch long tongue. “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,” Adrianne said.
“My mum, grandmother and my great grandfather all had very long tongues. “In elementary school I was made fun of a lot — I would just flick my tongue in bullies’ faces and freak them out.”
Adrianne, from Twin Lake, Michigan, always knew she had a long tongue but decided to submit herself to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not when she was 13-years-old.
“I didn’t think anything would happen because I sent in things to Guinness and was rejected three times,” she said.
“A few days later I got an email saying, ‘Your tongue is really cool, we’d like to see more.’
“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.
“People started viewing after I made my first video, and I already had 250 views the first day,” she explains.
“I started making more videos and it was basically about my tongue — I have 814 subscribers on my channel now.
“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 Adrianne receives lots of positive feedback online, she is also faced with inappropriate comments from internet trolls.
“I delete a lot of the bad comments and try to keep it as clean as possible,” she said.
“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. “There’s a lot of weird people on the internet and I’ve seen some comments that are a little uncomfortable,” said Tim.
“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,” he said.