August 26, 2003


A medical, if not social, breakthrough:

The patient had so far shown no signs of rejecting the new tongue.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 26, 2003 02:58 AM

Oh, I can have my Gene Simmons tongue! Wonder if we are now going to be getting spam for "tongue extensions"?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at August 26, 2003 at 04:50 AM

Expanding on Andrew's idea ... if you take Viagra orally, how would you take tongue tablets?

Posted by: tim at August 26, 2003 at 05:20 AM

THey keep the other guy alive long enough to take his tongue, then turn off life support? That kinda creeps me.

Posted by: Ken at August 26, 2003 at 08:37 AM

What a yeuch-inducing subject. I've got this mental image of the poor recipient spitting out a smelly, blackened object after the anti-rejection drugs fail. Thanks for the visual, Tim.

Posted by: Harry at August 26, 2003 at 09:20 AM

It would have to be a tongue from the opposite sex. Or no op.

Posted by: pooh at August 26, 2003 at 10:54 AM

...haven't rejected a tongue yet. Don't think I ever will.

Posted by: Alex Hidell at August 26, 2003 at 11:23 AM

I hope it wasn't that tongue that wiggles across the road and through a party into somone's bathroom in order to retrieve a bottle of beer from the bath for its owner. You just never know where tongues have been or what they've been up(to).

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at August 26, 2003 at 12:01 PM

Ken? That's kind of how most transplants work.

Posted by: Liz at August 26, 2003 at 01:19 PM

When are they going to implant the first waist-level one?

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 26, 2003 at 04:37 PM

Tongue frequently appeared on our table when I was growing up.

Salty, with a mild taste and a softish texture not unlike liver, apart from the outer skin which was sometimes a little bristly.

The ideal cold meat to go with summer salads and perfect in sandwiches with just a scrape of pickle.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 26, 2003 at 05:21 PM

As a registered organ donor should I have a disclaimer attached that my tongue, (and other appendages) has already been rejected by a number of potential recipients?

(They didn't know what they were missing out on, poor women.)

Posted by: Razor at August 26, 2003 at 05:46 PM