Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Children and adults enjoy snail racing, an event where two or more snails make their way from the center of a round track to its outer edge. Since snails move very slowly, observers of their races tend to make droll comments about the contestants' speed and agility. Many snail races take place outdoors, but people can create an indoor track by placing a damp cloth upon a table. Some of the most famous snail races have occurred in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Recently, the internet has made virtual snail racing a popular sport for people with a well-developed sense of humor. Snails may seem to be small, insignificant beasts, but European folk tradition identifies them as powerful creatures. According to the Handwörterbuch ...