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Florida acolytes sicken on snail-mucus-drinking ritual

#1  Postby Simon_Gardner » Mar 11, 2010 8:11 pm

foxnews.com wrote:Florida Man’s Devotees Get Sick After Drinking Snail Mucus in Ritual

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MIAMI — Devotees of a Miami man claiming to practice a traditional African religion say they had to ingest the mucus of a Giant African Snail that sickened them.

Federal authorities in January raided Charles L. Stewart’s home after receiving complaints. Stewart has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The Giant African Snail is prohibited in the U.S. without special approval.

Experts say it devastates new ecosystems. The snail grows up to 10 inches long, can reproduce on its own and even can even eat plaster.

Stewart says he means no harm, and his religion uses the snails in healing ceremonies.

Followers said they got violently ill, losing weight and developing strange lumps in their stomachs.


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Re: Florida acolytes sicken on snail-mucus-drinking ritual

#2  Postby lordshipmayhem » Mar 11, 2010 8:37 pm

Stewart says he means no harm, and his religion uses the snails in healing ceremonies.

Yet another religion whose healing ceremonies tend to do more harm than good. :what:
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#3  Postby noncredo » Mar 11, 2010 8:50 pm

But maybe they found the next weight loss fade.

"Try the new Agate Snail diet."
"Side effects may include sudden nausia, uncontrollable bowl movements, stomach lumps, loss of appitite and death.
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#4  Postby Sphynxcat » Mar 11, 2010 8:55 pm

What did the slug say to the snail?

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#5  Postby Rollerlocked » Mar 13, 2010 3:57 am

This religion will probably never enjoy wide appeal.
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