Tongues out for Rock’n’Roll!
What is the first thing you think of when I say ‘sticking tongues out’ to you?
Since World Stick Your Tongue Out Day has just passed, we had been asking ourselves the same question. And while most people honestly answered the Rolling Stones album cover, yours truly thought of the Einstein photo first – you know, the one that was taken by accident on his 72nd birthday in 1951 by a press photographer, but he liked it so much he asked for nine copies to personally distribute to friends and family! I suppose that we all find different things important, such as knowledge of pop culture or history but on this strange event this week, here are some interesting facts about tongues and rock’n’roll!
- Did you know the tongue logo on the Rolling Stones cover was inspired by the Hindu goddess Kali? Her lolling tongue represents one of two things: firstly, embarrassment or surprise or secondly, it is a bloody reminder of the havoc she is known to wreak in the Brahmanic mythology.
- Rocking and rolling used to mean having sex, but that has now, somewhat, lost its meaning.
- The most famous solo rock’n’roll artist in the UK is Cliff Richard. He is believed to have started the movement with the hit single “Move It” in 1958.
- The most famous rock band in the UK are the Beatles – but that we already knew.
- The Beatles won 15 Ivor Novello awards for song composition from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
- The band Queen has the longest running fan club according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Mick Jagger’s 2003 knighthood is considered controversial by some of his former band mates who believe it goes against the anti-establishment feeling the band initially represented.
What do you want to learn about the tongue itself? I guess not much, it’s not spoken of much but there are some odd facts about it! You will know how in the Western world, sticking your tongue out might be a sign on hate or disgust?
- In Tibet, it’s actually a greeting and a sign of respect! Legend has it that one king who ruled in the 9th century had a black tongue and was cruel. So now, the tongue is shown to prove that they are not evil or the reincarnation of this king.
- In Maori culture in New Zealand, tongues are shown in order to intimidate opponents before war!
- The longest tongue in the world is 10.1 cm, a record held by Nick Stoeberi
We have to have an educational element in this post, so here is a link to well-known British tongue twisters! Use this to practice your pronunciation to just to see how badly your friends fail at finishing these. These would make great Snapchat stories.