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Muukalainen
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The next transplant? I don't know what to make of this. It must be a fantastically difficult operation.
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Balderdasha
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Slightly off kilter, but I'd been wondering recently, if you had a tongue transplant, which I've been informed that it is possible to have, would foods taste the same afterwards? We can't all perceive taste in the same way as some people think mushrooms, for example, are delicious whereas some people think they're repulsive. Is this difference in the tastebuds themselves or in your head?
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Muukalainen
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Can't make my mind up on this one. There has to be an argument that taste buds convert the basic salt, sour, etc. tastes into information for the brain to do the interpretation. Equally, it's impossible to believe that any two people's tongues are the same, so the strength of the different components sent to the brain must differ.

Maybe things may taste a little differently, but the perception as to whether it is nice or repulsive remains the same.

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Wyatt Earp
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The nuances of tasting occur in the nose. The tongue registers only salty, sour, bitter, sweet and that Japanese one.
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Wasabe?

Coincidentally, I watched Face Off on TV last night.

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Femme Folle
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The team has been using the faces of bodies donated for medical research to practise the groundbreaking operation
erm, how? Are they stitching the cadaver faces onto pigs' heads or something? Maybe they're switching the faces of the dead bodies.

Gruesome work, if you can get it.

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PR7th Heaven
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Umami

I know a girl who has no sense of smell, having lost it when she broke her nose a bit back. However she is still able to taste things pretty much as before, so she says.

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Balderdasha
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I think taste is a lot more complicated than most people realise. It's a lot to do with texture, for example. As a kid I used to find virtually all textures vomit-inducing, I only ate about five different foods. Gradually over the years I've trained myself to be less fussy, but I still really can't stomach cooked aubergine and courgette and if I'm feeling at all ill I revert back to only eating childhood foods.

Also, I'm fairly certain that chilli / spicy hotness registers in the mouth, not in the nose. Surely that would change with a different tongue?

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Scouseroo
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That japanese one wouldn't be Bukake would it ?

[ 30-05-2004, 08:23: Message edited by: Scouseroo ]

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Cheeky.

Umami is the taste of miso, isn't it?

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