The Lazarus Snail


In 1846, authorities at the British Museum in London glued what they thought was a deceased snail to a piece of cardboard for display. After it seemingly became unglued after five years, they discovered that the snail had been alive the entire time. Little did they know at the time they glued it to the cardboard that the snail had retreated deep into the spiral of its shell in a deep sleep. When archivists decided to wash off the snail shell before gluing it back onto a new piece of cardboard, they were shocked when the snail’s head poked out from its shell. Scientists believe the last time the snail had been awake was in the Egyptian desert. The snail was fed some cabbage, before falling back asleep for another two years. Needless to say, it was not glued back onto the cardboard.