This article is part of The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide here. For further proof...
<em>This article is part of The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide <a href="http://www.good.is/post/the-good-and-readymade-guide-to-slowing-down/">here</a>.</em>For further proof that faster isn't always better, we bestow honors upon some particularly impressive slugs.<strong>Henry David Thoreau</strong>The author of <em>Walden</em>-the back-to-the-land manifesto written to counteract the deadening effects of the Industrial Revolution-is still the patron saint of anyone who wishes life had a pause button. (Ignore the fact that he went home from his cabin on the weekends to have someone else do his laundry.)<strong>Three-toed sloth</strong>This South American tree dweller is the slowest mammal on earth, with a top land speed of about 0.15 miles per hour.<strong>Dr. Alice Bunker Stockham</strong>Move over, Sting: This Victorian-era ob-gyn was the original proponent of Karezza, a Tantra-derived sexual technique for delaying orgasm in order to prolong mutual pleasure.<strong>W.T. Rabe</strong>As a reaction against the running craze of the 1970s, Rabe created World Sauntering Day, still celebrated on June 19 by moseyers and meanderers everywhere.<strong>Lloyd Scott</strong>Having already completed marathons wearing an antique diving suit and an Iron Giant costume, Scott broke his own record for slowest marathon finish when, wearing a suit of armor and dragging a 200-pound dragon, he crossed the finish line of the 2006 London race in 8 days, 13 minutes.<strong>Odysseus</strong>Are we there yet? This Greek hero's legendarily epic journey home from the Trojan War was plagued by shipwrecks, Cyclopes, and-let's face it-a fair bit of dawdling.<strong>Helen Hooven Santmyer</strong>Santmyer's novel <em>…And Ladies of the Club</em> was published in 1982-more than 50 years after she started writing it. It topped the <em>New York Times</em> best-seller list. Today, there are 2.5 million copies in print.<strong><em>Thuja occidentalis</em></strong>One specimen of this coniferous tree discovered in Canada's Great Lakes region had reached a whopping height of four inches in 155 years.<strong>The Poky Little Puppy</strong>This curious pooch-star of America's best-selling children's book not featuring Harry Potter-has taught generations of kids how to stop and smell the roses. And the lizards, and the caterpillars…<em>Illustration by Tim Lahan</em>
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