My Slimy Valentine: The Slug Life


A slug valentine.
A slug valentine.
By Robert Lamb

Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a Valentine's Day hater, Julie and I have quite the episode for you today. Prepare to have your mind blown as we explore the daring, disgusting, weaponized, cannibalistic and marathon lovemaking ways of slugs and snails.

Your human romance and love making will feel hopelessly vanilla by comparison.

Yes, we'll discuss everything from the vicious love dart stabbings they use to get their partner in the mood to the enormous penises that crawl out the side of their head.

And what Valentine's Day would be complete without both sexual cannibalism and apophallation (when you eat your own penis).

Given my issue with slugs, this episode made for quite a disgusting week. I know so much more about the creatures now, but I'm torn whether this make me feel better or worse about them? I'm especially troubled when I consider their love life AND the fact that they might be as smart as rats.

*Shudder*

Anyway, here's the episode for your streaming, along with three Valentine's cards based on today's episode. Feel free to print and cut them out so you can give a slimy Valentine to that special person in your life. Oh, and enjoy the disgusting video at the end of the post.

STREAM THE EPISODE HERE:

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A slug valentine.
By Robert Lamb
A slug valentine.
By Robert Lamb
A slug valentine.
By Robert Lamb

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.