A spa in Israel has put a unique spin on the standard massage. While some masseuses use soothing music or scented candles to supplement massages, owner Ida Barak prefers to use snakes; she believes that they have a calming effect and can alleviate joint pain. Imagine—lying facedown on a bed, strong hands rubbing oil on your back as a few snakes slither up and down your body. What could be more relaxing, right?
In the Annual Texas Rattlesnake Massacre, each snake is hunted, gassed and crammed into containers before being milked and finally beheaded. Even after death, they may be skinned for cash and the amusement of a throng of spectators. The unwilling stars of this bloody spectacle are the rattlesnakes of Sweetwater, Texas, which are rounded up every March by hunters who receive about $5 a pound for the unfortunate reptiles. This should come as pleasant news to those of you that hate snakes, such as Molly. <3