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Monday, June 26, 2006 – 8:04 PM
The Day I Saved a Snail…the Day I killed a Snail
On a rainy day, I left my friend Susie’s place to go home. When I opened the front door to Susie’s apartment, I noticed a lost snail stuck to her Welcome Mat. It was obvious this snail was struggling to reach the moist, wet mud a few inches away. I thought for a moment how tough of a struggle the few inches would be for the small, slow snail. I also contemplated my role in the snail’s survival, I could simply pick him up and place in the sludge that he calls home, or I could leave his journey to Mother Nature and be on my way…I decided that since I have been witness to the snails hardship it is my civic duty to help another creature out. I picked the snail up and placed it in the gooey mud. I felt proud of my random act of kindness. I did what likely no other human being would ever do…I saved a Snail! I turned proudly to be on my way when I heard a CRUNCH under my foot. I did the unimaginable…After I had painstakenly struggled over whether or not to save the snail, I turned around and stepped on another one. My good deed was instantly erased…I have saved a snail, and I have killed a snail!…I wonder, was that Mother Nature’s way of compensating for my interference? *****Either way I, alone, laughed the whole way home!***************

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bill the snail game

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click on bill the snail to play the bill the snail game and help out with ME. the blog explains all this and the game. thanks for looking.

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Hyde Park snail races

A snail race which attracted 40 starters raised money for the Parents Without Partners Association in Sydney’s Hyde Park on October 6, 1975. The snails raced over a one metre track described as cold and hard, with a lettuce leaf placed as a lure just past the finish line. The previous year a powder was used as the lure but things went horribly wrong when a puff of wind blew the powder into the snails’ faces, killing about 30 of them. Nicole Cowled, 5, of Maroubra, trained the winning 1975 snail, Richard.

Fans shell out on snails The North Shore Australian Rules club raised funds in 1975 by staging a L’Escargot Stakes at the club’s premises. Eight garden snails, carefully chosen after trials, lined up after bets had been placed. The winner was Snuffa Boy, a rank outsider, who gave the bookies a big coup by winning from favoured snails named after Sydney breweries. Jack Pollard, Havesome Book of Nutty Records (Crows Nest, NSW: Jack Pollard Publishing, 1978)

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feast of snails ohhh my

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A CurtainUp LondonLondon Review
The Feast of Snails
by Lizzie Loveridge

Feast of Snails
Menu
Aperitif (Cognac Napoleon X)
Truffle buns
Escargot de Bourgogne (Montrachet 1978)
Icelandic Snails (Muscat Beaume de Venise)
American Snails (Pinot Noir. William Selyem, Olivet Lane, 1995)
German snails (Chilled Vermouth)
Indian Snails and Lobster Tails in Puff Pastry (La Tache 1959)
Chocolate Snails
Coffee
Cognac

a review of this play is here….
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Easy Marshmallow Snails

Easy Marshmallow Snails is a recipe from Kraftfoods.com . I made the snails using lime jello but the poor snails did not have any antennaes. The picture in the front is made with grape jello and the one on the left is with raspberry jello but presented in different ways.

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Ingredients:

1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any flavor
1/2 cup warm water
1-3/4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows, divided
24 pieces red string licorice (1 in.)
1/4 cup ready-to-spread vanilla frosting

Method:
MIX gelatin and water in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min.; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

SET aside 12 of the marshmallows.

Add remaining marshmallows to gelatin; stir until well blended. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. or until marshmallows are partially melted. Stir with wire whisk until marshmallows are completely melted.

Pour into 9-in. square pan sprayed with cooking spray.

REFRIGERATE 45 min. or until set.

Run sharp knife around edges of pan to loosen gelatin layer from pan. Starting at one short end, roll up gelatin layer tightly. Cut into 12 (3/4-inch-thick) strips. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to decorate. UNROLL each about 1 inch. Stand 1 of the reserved marshmallows on unrolled portion of each spiral for the “snail’s body,” securing with frosting. Insert 2 pieces of licorice into each marshmallow for “antennae,” securing with additional frosting, if desired.

KRAFT KITCHENS TIPS

 

To Double Prepare gelatin mixture as directed, doubling all ingredients. Pour into 13×9-inch pan. Refrigerate as directed. For ease in handling, cut gelatin mixture in half crosswise before rolling up. Roll up each half separately, making a total of 2 rolls. Cut each roll into 12 slices. Decorate as directed.

Serves

Makes 24 servings

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For the first time, scientists have found a way to mesh neurons from snail brains with tiny electronic transistors, creating mechanical chips that “speak” to each other.

Oct 25, 2006 Time for another edition of “Science Marches On” … clomp-clomp-clomping right over our sense of human uniqueness, and maybe over our own humanity.Why should science give a damn about notions of human primacy in the natural scheme of things when it has snail brains and silicon chips to play with? The Washington Post brings us breaking news from Germany about an exciting new interface that has been developed between biology and technology. For the first time, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry have found a way to mesh neurons from living brain cells with tiny electronic transistors. The upshot of the discovery is that, at a primitive level, the brain cells and the mechanical chips “spoke” to each other. This is exciting, we’re told by the Keepers of Science, because it “might help build computers as inventive and adaptable as our nervous systems and a generation of robots that might deserve to be called intelligent.” Excellent. Good to know that we have something to give to the evolution of the robots that’ll replace us, even if it’s only our neurons. But wait … we humans aren’t necessary at all! It was not the neurons of human brain cells that connected with the silicon chips — it was neurons lifted from snail brains. It turns out that snail neurons are larger than ours! Oh, the humiliation — we’re being outwitted and done in by the common garden slug! It’s reported that the scientists used teenie-tiny tools to lift neurons from snail brains, puff them onto the chips, then — and I quote directly — they “built tiny picket fences around the neurons to keep them in place.” Sounds like to me somebody’s got way too much time and waaay too much government funding on their hands. Nonetheless, they plan to build a much larger robotic brain-like system using 15,000 snail neurons.

This is Jim Hightower saying … I wonder if the new smart robots will leave little slimey trails as they move along?

read jim hightower here….

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