They thought Jeremy would always be a loner and would never find love. But after a worldwide search, Jeremy the snail did find someone. Unless you’re a snail aficionado, you might not know that snail shells almost always twist to the right. But there are outliers who have shells that twist to the left. They are extremely rare. Some say they are one in a million. Jeremy was one such snail. The way a snail’s shell twists is a big deal. With a shell twisting to the right, finding a mate is easy. For those unlucky snails with a shell twisting to the left, mating is impossible. The sexual organs do not line up.
“Terrorists Have Infiltrated the US Government!” “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President …” “Hillary Sold Passport Printing Machines to ISIS…” Fake news stories like these were shared millions of times on Facebook during the 2016 US election.
The internet gives us new ways to connect with each other that we couldn’t imagine just 20 years ago. Instant communication through email, skype and social media is supposed to bring people together. It’s supposed to make keeping in touch easier, help spark new friendships, and help people rediscover old ones. It’s supposed to make the world a smaller place.