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CHAT gasteropodophagy (was: Att. Ray -- of snails and slugs)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, June 9, 2001, 16:40
At 4:32 pm -0400 8/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown wrote: > > >> Yes, I agree. While snail-eating is encountered in many places, I've never >> come across slug-eating (among humans!). > > >Hedgehogs, birds, frogs, turtles, snakes, ducks, and various insect >larvae have other opinions, of course.
...of course, as do carnivorous (and cannabilistic) varieties of slugs also.
>A quick google turns up "I'd rather eat slugs" >as a common expression of revulsion, and *one* instance of someone >claiming to eat slugs while on a survival mission!
I guess on a survival mission almost anything gets eaten if one is desparate. Indeed, it's well known that human cannibilism can (and does occasionally) occur when people are in_extremis.
>Then there is . Warning: pictures may >be offensive to some stomachs.
Just had a peek :-) I found a site yesterday devoted to 'helicoculture' (snail-rearing - Wouldn't _cocleiculture_ be a better formed word?) and I noticed several US snail rearers who reared the little critters so that they could be eaten. So cochliophagy in the US doesn't seem just confined to where I encountered it in Maine. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


John Cowan <cowan@...>
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>