“France has found a unique way of controlling its unwanted critter population. They have done this by giving unwanted animals like snails, pigeons, and frogs fancy names, thus transforming common backyard pests into expensive delicacies. These are then served to gullible tourists, who will eat anything they can't pronounce.”
Chris Harris, 'Quotable Feast' by Sarah E. Parvis (2001)
“It is not a matter of indifference whether we like oysters or clams, snails or shrimp, if only we know how to unravel the existential significance of these foods.”
Jean-Paul Satre, French existentialist philosopher (1905-1980)
Escargot - "Nobody is sure how this got started. Probably a couple of French master chefs were standing around one day, and they found a snail, and one of them said: 'I bet that if we called this something like "escargot," tourists would eat it.' They they had a hearty laugh, because 'escargot' is the French word for 'fat crawling bag of phlegm.'"
'Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need' (1991)
"There was an Old Person of Sparta,
Who had twenty-five sons and one daughter;
He fed them on snails,
and weighed them in scales,
That wonderful Person of Sparta."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
"The thought of eating snails conjures up all kinds of weird mental pictures. This state of mind doesn't last for long upon seeing how snails are prepared in Burgundy. We then realize how corrupt our mental picture of this delicacy was."
Leon Kafka (1951) ‘Paris News Post’
“The French are sawed-off sissies who eat snails and slugs and cheese that smells like people's feet. Utter cowards who force their own children to drink wine, they gibber like baboons even when you try to speak to them in their own wimpy language.”
P. J. O'Rourke
“I don't like to eat snails. I prefer fast food.”
Roger von Oech, ‘A Kick in the Seat of the Pants’ (1996)
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