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Use your left ear to detect lies
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
A black lion: real or fake?
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Cursed by Allah
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Snail in the Ginger Beer
Two weeks ago I linked to a BBC article by Clive Coleman about the case of the carbolic smoke ball. He must be doing a series on interesting legal cases, because he's back with a great article about the legal case of the snail found in ginger beer. Quick summary — In 1928 May Donoghue claimed to find a snail in her bottle of ginger beer. Her complaint eventually helped bring about modern consumer protection laws in the UK. The catch: "to this day, no-one knows for sure if there ever really was a snail in May Donoghue's bottle of ginger beer."

I should add this case to my list of Gross Things Found in Food.
Categories: Food, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 20, 2009
Comments (2)
Gingered escargot........I don't know, it's not any worse than the tequila worm is it?
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Mon Nov 23, 2009  at  08:46 AM
When the ginger beer was poured into her glass, it was alleged the decomposing remains of a snail dropped out of the darkened, opaque bottle.
Posted by webcam  in  webcam  on  Tue Nov 24, 2009  at  04:20 AM
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