E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005, abalone, raccoon jaw and tongue with mother of pearl and resin
E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005, clam shell, fox tongue, fresh water pearl and resin
These interesting sculptures by E.V. Day are reminding me of a particularly gross story from long ago.
A family friend named Verne had a rather bizarre condition, one called Black Hairy Tongue. Fortunately (or unfortunately?!) I was never able to personally see evidence of said condition.
Yes, this is a real condition. Here is info listed on Wikipedia:
Black hairy tongue (in Latin, lingua villosa nigra) is the lengthening of papillae which are bumps on the surface of the tongue. Usually the ends of the papillae get rubbed away by food but sometimes they grow much longer than normal, making the tongue look furry. The extra tissue can get stained by food or tobacco and become yellowish brown or black.
Even though it may appear alarming, black hairy tongue itself is harmless (although it is thought to be linked to the development of thrush). This condition does not involve any type of bacteria or fungi and generally resolves on its own; the recommended treatment is to brush the tongue with a soft toothbrush twice per day. Black hairy tongue is listed as a possible side effect while taking the antibiotic penicillin, and certain vitamins. It is also a side effect of bulimia.
A similar condition can occur within 24 hours after taking Pepto-Bismol, especially chewable tablets, caused by a chemical reaction. It is short-lasting in duration, but may initially cause alarm.
I won't post pics of this nastiness, but you can click here if you would like to see a picture.
Oh hell. I have to post a picture.
!!!!!!! HURL !!!!!!!