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Snails are an important part of the Mechanicsburg diet. The reason for this is that, historically, the “water of the Dyne caused the snails to grow huge and they had a choice, blow them up or eat them. Turns out, they are tasty!”[1]

Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle offers a couple more semi-canonical details: during his war with the Heterodynes, The Storm King had Mechanicsburg under siege for an extended period, which (further?) encouraged the consumption of any available food-source, and that the selling of snails as food has become a major (and semi-covert) money-maker for the city in recent years.

Snail references in the comic Edit

In 2009-03-20 (Friday) there is a reference to "the unsettlingly large, acidic snails of Professor Yungbluth".

In the 2011-12-16 (Friday) comic André suggests performing The Heterodyne Boys and the Racing Snails of Dr. Zegreb in Zumzum.

The 2011-12-16 (Friday) comic shows a poster for a snail festival.

The 2012-05-11 (Friday) comic has a shop selling Markyys Brand Snails ("Slow and Sweet"). A sign on the shop says "Green Devils are In!". There is a zine called Green Devil Face, issue 4 has a "mini dungeon" called "House of Snails". "Green Devils" was also a nickname of the Fallschirmjäger in WWII.

The 2013-03-13 (Wednesday) shows two Mechanicsburg establishments selling snails.

The upper left corner of 2014-05-21 (Wednesday) shows SNA on a Mechanicsburg building, likely the start of SNAILS.

A poster advertising Heterodyne Style Snail Cheese in the Black Market in Paris. 2015-10-07 (Wednesday)

In the comic for 2015-11-18 (Wednesday) , the Mole King regrets that, since the Mechanicsburg time freeze, he can no longer get his favorite cave snail, Mechanicsburg blue-whorled grunters.

In the comic for 2016-10-10 (Monday) is a poster for Heterodyne Snail Liqueur. And in 2017-06-26 (Monday) is a poster for Linsey Miller's Snail Tonic.

In the future there is snail racing with a Golden Snail prize at the Mechanicsburg Harvest Festival. The theft and recover of the Golden Snail is the topic of the Ivo Sharktooth PJ story. The story also shows Snail Ale being dispensed at the Stopped Clock.

References

  1. Reddit AMA with the Professors, 2013: How did snails become such an important part of the Mechanicsburg diet?

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