Thursday, June 12, 2008

Festival Turns People Into Slugs

EATONVILLE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People in Eatonville, Washington, are getting the chance to slide a mile in slug’s shoes.

The 25th Annual Slug Fest is slithering into town on June 21- 22, and helping attendees empathize with the misunderstood critters.

Event spokesperson Cherilyn Williams says, “People look at slugs and think they’re gross and slimy, but they’re a very vital part of a healthy forest and garden.”

Attendees can enroll in slug school and learn all the juicy details about the bugs, and even earn a degree in slugology.

For instance, students will learn that slug slime is an anesthetic that helps heal cuts, and to never pour salt on a slug because it dehydrates them, kills them, and poisons the ground.

If anybody still doesn’t understand a slug’s life, the festival has one slippery solution.

Williams explains, “We have human slug races where we put brown leather sleeves on participants and lay them on a slimy tarp. It gives them a chance to see what it’s really like to be a slug.”

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