What did they say when the snail drove by in the race car?
LOOK AT THAT S CAR GO!
(Say it out loud - you'll get it.)
This was one of my sister's favorite jokes throughout childhood. I am telling it absolutely wrong - there is some portion where the snail paints an S on his car. But at any rate, this joke is why I've always known that the fancy french dish known as "escargot" is actually cooked snails.
What I didn't know until poking around for this post is that it involves a surprising amount of cruelty to the snails (that is, beyond boiling them alive). Apparently the process takes weeks. They're made to fast, and then cleanse - which would be all fine and good if it was just for their personal health... which of course it isn't.
You will be unsurprised to discover that I vote to leave the snails in their shells, alive and happily exploring the world. And so, Happy Snails are Awesome Day! Go make yourself a snail friend today.