Hooked on Science: Discover if you are a super taster

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Did you know taste is the weakest sense? How well do you taste?

Materials

* Piece of paper

* Hole punch

* Mirror

Instructions

STEP 1: Using the hole punch, make a hole in the paper.

STEP 2: Place the hole against your tongue.

STEP 3: Look into the mirror and count the number of bumps on your tongue.

Explanation

If you have fewer than 15 bumps inside the hole, you are a poor taster. If you have more than 30 bumps inside the hole, you are a super taster. You have about 10,000 taste buds in your mouth. Research shows women have more taste buds than men.

Jason Lindsey is a Science Outreach Educator with Hooked on Science. Check out his website "Hooked On Science" at hookedonscience.org for webcasts and experiments that might get you hooked on science. Send him your science questions at jlindsey@hookedonscience.org. More science experiments can be found at www.semissourian.com.

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