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43 snails on his face? Boy hopes he set a record

Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 4:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the boy's name*.

SALT LAKE CITY — Nevermind the ick factor, a Utah boy is trying to get into the record books by covering his face with live snails.

Eleven-year-old Fin *Keleher, from Sandy, Utah, allowed 43 of the slimy mollusks to be put on his face Saturday. He wants Guinness World Records to verify his effort.

The Guinness Web site says the record set in 2007 for snails on the face for 10 seconds is eight. The boy says he has since learned the record was 36.

Fin made three attempts on Saturday. Sitting back in a reclining chair, snails gathered from neighbors' gardens were carefully placed on his face. Those that remained for at least 10 seconds were counted.

His family is sending witness statements, video and media coverage to Guinness this week.

 


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