National Geographic : 2011 Oct
IT WAS KIND OF A DARE: If you do it, I'll do it. Taylor Dicristofalo (at right) said she probably wouldn't have had her tongue pierced if her best friend hadn't dragged her along on an "exciting and scary adventure" in downtown Austin. She tried to hide the piercing from her parents by not talking, but they figured it out. Months later, she removed the stud for a night. The hole closed up. Her grateful dad likened the stud's removal to an early Christmas gift.