Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday Words: Sam Snail


His folks had forced Sam Snail to attend the class on snail safety, where posters covered the room:

“An Informed Snail is a Safe Snail!”

“It’s not dandruff, you idiot!  It’s salt!”

Source: Wikipedia

“A stupid snail becomes escargot!”
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Mr. Goo
Mr. Goo, the oldest snail in the community, scanned the adolescent snails with his antennae.  “Listen up, you slimy slugs!”

The snails convulsed with laughter---the slug joke was an old one. Then all became quiet as the spectres of snails long gone before filled the room.

They whispered, “Grass is good.  Sidewalks are bad….” 

Then Mr. Goo shouted, “If you are ever besieged by a bunch of birds, then kiss your shells good-bye.”

Intervals of laughter and silence of doom broke up the rest of the day.  Finally, class was dismissed.
  
List of Bizarre Championships: Snail racing - Start of the race
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Mr. Goo watched them in silence, Poor dumb Molluscan GastropodsHalf of them won’t even make it home.

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27 comments:

  1. They do stand a better chance of survival than plain slugs though.

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    1. I have seen too many shells to believe that these gastropods survive long.

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  2. this is priceless....what a great job

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    1. Glad you provided these words. everything came from escargot.

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  3. lol have to watch out for the birds. Grass is good until the lawnmower comes along

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    1. Lawnmower is the enemy of many in the world of grass dwellers.

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  4. In reading your comments, now I will be ever aware when running the lawnmower that I am putting little things at risk. Some things just can't be helped. ;)

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    1. In the snail world, the life span is very short, so the lawnmower must be factored into the dangers...

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  5. Mr Goo is a sadly prophetic name for a teacher of young gastropods...

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  6. Escargot makes me think of an old joke to which the punchline is, "Look at that S car go."

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    1. That is great! Thanks for a new joke (to me)!

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  7. Great fun! This is one of my favorite exercises.

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    1. Delores' words allow me to play, improvise. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Can you believe that there are actual snail races?! Bets taken, winners declared...

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  9. Glad you let your creative juices run wild with this one, Susan! I never realized how dangerous it was to be a snail. This would make a great children's book! Very clever story with fun images!

    Julie

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    1. It would be a good children book, wouldn't it. It would certainly make stomping on a snail take on a whole new look.

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  10. This was/is very, very different! I like it.
    I'm picturing a snail slowly crossing a road while his Spanish friend says, es car! go!

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    1. Yes! Or, "Run! Run for your life, Sam!"

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  11. Delightful treatment of Wednesday's words! Escargot is one of my favorite nouns even though it leaves a mucous trail across the page. Quite palatable though with the appropriate wine. Nicely done.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!