International Sideshow Performer Brad Byer – Extinguishes Propane Blow Torch On His Tongue
Brad Byers Sets New Tongue in Rat Traps World Record!!!
On May 9, 2015 sideshow performer, Brad Byers, released 12 rat traps on his tongue in 60 seconds; and while damaging his tongue in the process, Byers set a new world record. Byers holds other world records with Guinness, Record Holders Republic, RecordSetter, and Assist World Records.
Sideshow performer Brad Byers extinguished a propane blow torch on his tongue setting an official world record! RecordSetter lists Byers as holding the world record for “Hottest Flame Extinguished with Tongue”. Byers holds other world records with Guinness, Record Holders Republic, and Assist World Records.
Brad Byers is a modern-day sideshow performer known for his extreme sideshow performances, which include the following:
Stopping Metal Fan Blades with Tongue
Lying on a Bed of Nails
Pulling a Swan Through His Nose
Walking and Jumping on Broken Glass
Fun with a Staple Gun
Extinguishing Propane Blow Torch On His Tongue
Smashing Finger with Canned Goods
Snapping Animal Traps on Hands and Forearm
Snapping Rat Traps on Tongue
Straight Jacket Escape while Hula Hooping
Inserting Various Tools Into His Nose – referred to as a “Human toolbox”
Putting Tarantulas or Scorpions in Mouth
Byers was born in October 8, 1959 in Moscow, Idaho. He joined a traveling circus as a juggler shortly after high school. Byer left the circus two years later to focus on television performances. At the age of 21 years, Byer added sword swallow to his performance and he is among several people in the world that are able to swallow a curved sword. Brad has appeared in five episodes of the Fox TV show “Guinness World Records Prime Time”, on “Late Night with David Letterman” and in the fourth (2009) and eighth (2013) seasons of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Byers taped performances are currently being featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums. During his career, Byer has performed in over 20 countries. Byers holds several world records and has been featured in various editions of the Guinness Book of Records.
Other Amazing Human Tongue Tricks
Archy Strange (aka “Bi0HAZARd”) demonstrates some amazing tricks with her split tongue in the following video:
Jessi Rose Cheak demonstrates 20 tongue tricks in the following video:
Datev Gallaghern (aka “Ladie Dottie”) makes an origami swan from a starburst wrapper using only her tongue in the following video:
2012 Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, ties a cherry stem with her tongue in the following video:
Other Facts About The Human Tongue
The human tongue is covered with taste buds, which are known to detect the following five tastes: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami (the chemical responsible for umami is modosodium glutamate).
The human tongue imprint is as unique as a fingerprint.
The human tongue has eight muscles.
On average, women have shorter tongues than men.
Using a tongue scraper to clean the tongue is known to help prevent heart attacks, diabetes, pneumonia, premature births, osteoporosis, and male infertility.
In many parts of the world, sticking one’s tongue out at someone is considered an act of defiance; however, in the country of Tibet this act is used as a greeting.
The old saying “cats got your tongue” originated in ancient Assyria more than 2,500 years ago. In ancient Assyria, the tongues of criminals and conquered soldiers were cut out and fed to the cats of the Assyrian king.
Various other figures of speech involving the tongue are as follows:
tongue in cheek
to bite one’s tongue
slip of the tongue
speaking in tongues
In recent years, tongue piercing and tongue splitting have become common in many western countries. Up to 20 percent of young adults in these countries are believed to have at least one piece of body art in their tongue.
In 2008, a human tongue was found in the chicken risotto served up in a Slovenian hospital’s canteen. A doctor complained that a strange piece of meat on his plate was not chicken. After some intense bickering the piece of meat was sent away for testing and latter found to be part of a human tongue. After investigating the incident, Slovenian officials closed the canteen. However, hospital officials insist that patients’ body parts were never used in any of the dishes and that the doctor unwittingly dropped the tongue in his food after treating a patient.
World’s Longest Human Tongue