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Headlong Helix: Snaps of Snails
canadafreepress ^ | Saturday, November 2, 2013 | Wes Porter

Posted on 11/04/2013 6:50:37 AM PST by skinkinthegrass

Can anything not be faster than the legendary speeding snail? The common garden snail Helix aspera can cover a metre an hour. This is actually faster than the recorded speed that certain nations’ mail services at times operate, Canada and Britain amongst them...

The snail’s own love life is if anything even more unusual. In fact they would doubtlessly have thrown Giovanni Casanova into throes of admiration. Determined to enjoy life to the full, each and every gastropod is hermaphrodite. By way of encouragement, they tickle each other’s fancy with love-darts, hard spikes jabbed into each other during mating. Some can go at it for twice a second over periods of up to an hour, as in the case of Euhadra subnimbosa...

Not content to leave all the fun to snails, Tokyo’s Clinical Salon promotes an anti-ageing beauty treatment via its Celebrity Escargot Course. This involves live snails crawling over recipients’ faces. The mucus they leave behind is claimed to contain hyularonic acid, powerful proteins and antioxidants, all of which can help repair and revitalize skin. Similar salons have opened in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Unconvinced? Take a gander at Katie Holmes, 34, who uses a snail mucus face cream after surviving a marriage to Tom Cruise.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Gardening; Health/Medicine; Humor
KEYWORDS: hollywood; humor; hyularonicacid; slugs; snails
This Article has it all (and much):
Sex (all kinds)
Hollywood (Tom Cruise)
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