Lawmakers Put Spotlight on Practice of Tongue-Splitting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

You've probably heard of splitting the difference or perhaps splitting hairs. How about splitting tongues?

The practice of cutting the tongue to make it forked is edging up in popularity and some say it's nothing short of mutilation. And lawmakers in Illinois are considering regulations that would all but outlaw it.

Earlier this year, several branches of the armed services banned tongue-splitting. Officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina say one airman had the tissue in his split tongue reopened and sewn back together in February to avoid being kicked out of the service.

Those who've had their tongues split call it a body modification, and see it as an enhancement. A few do it for shock value while many say they simply like how it looks and feels.

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