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In the world of slugs, there’s a certain set that are referred to as thrillseekers.
Normally slugs will avoid salt or mineral compounds that contain sodium chloride. However, there are some slugs that will locate an individual grain of salt or a related sodium chloride compound. These “thrillseeker” slugs will use their antennae and a leaf or a small stick to isolate the individual mineral crystal away from other dangerous materials. Then the thrillseeker slug will roll its body over the individual crystal. Contact with the salt crystal causes a small part of the slugs body to dissolve, presumably causing pain. However, the slug does not suffer death or permanent damage. This process will typically be repeated approximately once per week.
Only about 5% of slugs exhibit this kind of behavior, and these slugs are referred to as "thrillseekers".
Date Written: April 22, 2004Comments:
Author: Will Disney
Average Vote: 2.375
04/26/2004 qualcomm: this makes me very unhappy.
04/26/2004 qualcomm (1):
04/26/2004 Will Disney (3): was this someone's term paper?
04/26/2004 scoop: Perhaps there is a "deeper meaning" the author intended with this short that the average reader may miss upon an initial reading. Would author care to elucidate? This short. About slugs. And salt.
04/26/2004 Benny Maniacs (3): If I were a slug I would be a regular, hum-drum slug.
04/26/2004 Benny Maniacs: Most of the time the data shows that
deeper meaning = goose shit
04/26/2004 TheBuyer (2): This reads like an outrageous lie told by a 15 year old.
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony: Whoa, the Lerpa! I've seen you give dumber things three stars! Granted, this short seems to be pretty dumb on the surface, but the one star means you've got something to say! Out with it!
04/26/2004 qualcomm: i will give a full, reasoned spewing once i get to work.
04/26/2004 anonymous: All right. This was a concept piece that didn't quite work out. There you go.
04/26/2004 qualcomm: i wasn't going to say much until pony provoked me, but i was thinking about this on the train and i believe the basic problem is that there's no way in hell this idea could have been made funny. it's just a doomed idea. it sounds like that a concept from that Far Side ripoff comic strip, Bizarro. too cute. author, i've noticed several guest shorts in the distant past (or at least one or two) have attemnpted the same tone as this one, i.e., the encyclopedia entry tone. it never seems to work. i'm not saying it can't, it just hasn't yet. i'd like to see it work. god, i'd like to see it work. i don't wish to discourage innovation here at acme. innovation = lustre. but this sucker really rankled my chancre / cheesed my keyster.
04/26/2004 Ferucio P. Chhretan (3): It's too bad that it can't seem to work, because science, or pseudo-science has huge potential to be funny.
I don't know how you all felt about "The Gods Must Be Crazy" but when I saw the first half hour of it as a kid, I thought that was brilliant humor. Maybe it's the lead in, or something. Science funny has too much of a set-up time?
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony: Dear the Lerpa,
I'm sorry I provoked you.
04/26/2004 Tiddlycove (3): The title is funny, and the notion of Xtreme slugness has potential, but this short seems to begin at its peak in the first sentence, and go nowhere from there.
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony (2): Sorry, I tried, I really did. This is for making me try!!
04/26/2004 Phony Millions (3): There is something funny in this short to me at least, and it's the last line, the way the author repeats the fact that they're called 'thrillseeker slugs'. It's faux-naive.
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony: That "thrillseekers" is in quotes. There is another "thrillseekers" in quotes, in the middle. The first one though; the first one is not in quotes. This nearly drove me mad.
04/26/2004 Ferucio P. Chhretan: Thanks for pointing that out, Pony. Now I'm nearly mad.
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony: Yeah. There's crazy to go around. Don't worry, we're all nearly mad here.
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony: Hoo hoo
04/27/2004 Ewan Snow: Yeah, I agree with Brad. That was the funniest thing. That he felt the need to re-explain.
04/28/2004 scoop (2): Sorry, Will.