Silver-Tongued Tom has never been able to shake his lifelong habit of licking shiny objects. First came â€œthe aluminum foil years,â€ soon followed by a decade-long infatuation with glittery belt buckles. And how can we forget the crazy summer of â€™99, when Tom experimented with fine cutlery, metallic candlestick holders, Olympic medals, rare coins, car mirrors, his motherâ€™s jewelry, pots, pans, reflectors, wiring and, finally, dental equipment. All of this licking has, over time, turned Tomâ€™s tongue permanently silver. Since children are frightened by strangers with long shiny tongues, Tom is now required by law to wear a muzzle when leaving the house.