May 21, 2009

Boy, 11, sticks 43 snails to his face

A Utah boy stuck 43 snails to his face during his 11th birthday party, setting a possible world record if it is certified by Guinness.

Chris Keheler said the unusual birthday celebration for his son, Fin, in Sandy, Utah, resulted from a Guinness Book of World Records he obtained last autumn, KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, reported Thursday.

We started leafing through it and he saw a record he thought he could break, Keheler said of his son, who performed the feat at his birthday party Saturday.

I thought I could totally beat that because I'm not grossed out by snails like most people are, Fin Keheler said.

The boy and his parents said the record in the book was eight, but the record had grown to 36 by the time they completed their Guinness paperwork for the planned attempt and someone in London managed 37 last week.

However, the 11-year-old managed to cover his face in 43 snails in one minute, a time limit set by Guinness, and stood still without any of the mollusks falling off.

The Kehelers said they are sending video and witness accounts of the event to Guinness for official certification.