Nick Stoeberl Challenges Stephen Taylor, World's Longest Tongue Guinness Record Holder (VIDEO)

Nick Stoeberl wants to stick out in this world.

Ideally, the 21-year-old from Monterey, Calif., would like to make his mark doing standup comedy, but even if that doesn't work out, he has something else up his sleeve ... or down his throat.

Stoeberl possesses a tongue that has been measured at 3.988 inches, and he believes it is the largest in the world.

"I just always knew it was large," Stoeberl told HuffPost Weird News. "My dad was a big KISS fan before he passed away and I really do think that has something to do with it."

However, records like this are the stuff that were made for Guinness World Records, and the current tongue record holder is Stephen Taylor, a 50-year-old British man whose licker measures a whopping 3.86 inches -- long enough to fit five doughnuts on it, according to

Stoeberl concedes that's long, but believes his is longer and he has applied for official Guinness certification.

He's fairly certain the company will agree. "When I was measured by Recordsetter, I made sure they followed the same criteria as Guinness," Stoeberl explained.

Those criteria include having the tongue measured from the tip to the middle of the closed upper lip; having three measurements taken at the time of measurement with the average length used as the accepted figure; and having the measurements taken by qualified medical practitioners.

A Guinness representative confirms that Stoeberl has submitted his application to them, but says the organization is waiting for the documentation. She added, "We would need to see this first hand, though."


Stoeberl's tongue already gets him a lot of attention, but not all of it is desired.

"I get so much sexual harassment," he confessed. "It's a good party-starter, but one girl told me she'd like my tongue's autograph. I'm not sure what she meant by that."

Stoeberl can expect even more of that, according to Chanal Tapper, also 21, a Houston-based model whose 3.8-inch tongue earned her the Guinness title of World's Largest Female Tongue back in September.

"You may get lots of rude comments from people -- but, of course, it's different for a guy," Tapper told HuffPost Weird News. "For instance, I brush mine every day but part of it is still whitish. If he's not careful about hygiene, people will make comments about the way it looks."

But, she added, cruel comments won't be his main concern if his tongue does make the cut.

"A lot of people will want to represent him and exploit him," she said. "You have to be careful."

Although Stoeberl hopes his tongue gets his foot in the door of show business, he's trying to keep his options open about how he utilizes his unique gift.

"I'd like to do food reviews," he said. "I think I have a higher sense of taste than other people. I always have a sweet tooth --especially for chocolate and Starbursts."


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