WEIRD FACTS ABOUT
SNAIL

curly underline

SNAIL

Thanks to the sticky carpet they exude, snails can crawl along the edge of a razor blade without injuring themselves.

Sadly, however, they cannot crawl fast enough to escape from the French, who eat 40,000 tonnes of snails every year. Indeed, at its top speed of two inches a minute, a snail would finish a marathon in just over 18 months.

The French are not the only ones to pose a threat to snails. Oribasius, a fifth-century Byzantine physician, used to treat wounds with an ointment made from crushed snails mixed with flour. If he ran out of snails, he would use earthworms instead.

Snail-slime and sugar were once used to treat tuberculosis. Before World War I, Bristol glassblowers used to eat snails to improve their lung power. By contrast, one of the safest places for snails is the Swiss canton of Valais, where snail-hunting is illegal.

In 1996, a Nottingham professor discovered that sexual activity among tropical snails could be increased by feeding them porridge.

The World Snail Racing Championship takes place every year at the Cricket Field in Congham, Norfolk.

The world record for the 13in course was set by a snail called Archie who won in 1995 in a time of two minutes.

L'Escargot (which is French for 'the snail') won the Grand National in 1975.

A snail can have up to 25,600 teeth.

The giant African land snail can grow up to 15.4 inches from head to tail.


| Share |

Related links:

BOWERBIRD
The bowerbird of Australia and New Guinea has one of the most elaborate and extraordinary... MORE

COFFEE
Coffee is said to have been discovered by a ninth-century Ethiopian farmer, who realised his... MORE

HEDGEHOG
The hedgehog was a common symbol on ancient Egyptian amulets. Its hibernation and ability to... MORE

PURPLE
The colour purple is named after a snail, the mucus glands of a tropical sea... MORE

RICE
'Dakigokochi' is the Japanese name for a rice-filled bag shaped like a bundled baby and... MORE

You may also be interested in:

IRONING
In 2008, a group of 72 Austrian divers set a new record for ironing under... MORE

CHEWING GUM
In 1997, Hong Kong businessman Leung Ka-Ching successfully appealed against a fine imposed on him... MORE

NIGERIA
With 134 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has the... MORE

UFO
68% of all UFO sightings are by men. ... MORE

HOUSEWIVES
The patron saint of housewives is Martha, the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany... MORE

AGATHOCLES
Agathocles, the 'Tyrant of Syracuse', was the son of a potter. He is said to... MORE

BODY ODOUR
Mosquitoes prefer the body odour of beer-drinkers to that of people who have only drunk... MORE

ZIPF
The Harvard linguistics professor George Zipf made some profound discoveries on the statistical distribution of... MORE

SALT LAKE CITY
A woman was arrested in Salt Lake City for robbing her neighbours of thousands of... MORE

RINGS
Reading at a rate of one page a minute, it has been calculated that it... MORE

ACCORDION
The accordion was patented by Anthony Faas of Philadelphia on 13 January 1854. ... MORE

CARTWHEEL
The world record for the most people simultaneously performing cartwheels in the same place was... MORE

LUTHER
The church reformer Martin Luther recommended making love twice a week. More was lustful; less... MORE

BRAHE
The 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe wore an artificial nose attached with cement after he... MORE

GUPPY
Research on guppy fish published in the Society Journal Proceedings B in 2010 reported that... MORE

SPONSORED LINKS:

Ads by Chitika