"Mama," my eight-year-old son said while having breakfast this morning. "Are uvulas important?"
I tried not to choke on my food. This was not a question I expected first thing in the morning. "I believe they are, Bubba. I think they help people swallow."
He thought about that a second. "Oh. Then how to sword swallowers swallow when they're not swallowing swords?"
Huh? I had to think about that, which wasn't easy because my brain wasn't exactly fully operational at seven o'clock in the morning. "I believe sword swallowers have uvulas."
"I don't think so, Mama. Otherwise they'd never get the sword down there."
"Bubba, I think it's a trick."
"No, Mama. They really do swallow swords. I saw it on TV."
So ladies and gentlemen, what do you think? Do sword swallowers have uvulas, and are uvulas important?