BoingBoing recently linked to a Spanish-language clip of a company selling beauty-enhancing snail snot. It’s incredible enough that this company is selling such a weird product, and more incredible still that there must be a market of people buying it. But what really makes this newsworthy is the fact that Penn & Teller predicted this very pseudoscience way back inÂ 2003!
The second episode of Season 1 of Penn & Teller’s Showtime hit Bullshit! focused on alternative medicine. To illustrate the point that people will believe just about anything, the crew set up a demonstration of a snail-mucus beauty mask. People voluntarily allowed their faces to be covered with dozens of snails, and then stated on camera that they could actually feel their wrinkles disappearing. Apparently, some marketing genius was watching and decided to cash in. Insanity!
If anyone who speaks Spanish can dig in, I’d love to have a confirmation that this is for real, and any other info on the company selling snail snot to the public.