Turner the Languid Snail Turner was a languid snail. This means he wasnt lazy, he was REALLY lazy! Not that a snail can move very quickly, but while all the other snails in the garden slid slowly around on the leaves, Turner never moved unless he really had to. This wasnt a problem for Turner usually, he was able to spend most of his days on the leaves in the garden and everything was ok
All this changed one day when a big hand started groping around the leaves. All the other snails went as quickly as they could (which wasnt very fast) to escape. Turner thought about it……but naaahhh, he couldnt be bothered. He was caught.
It turned out this hand belonged to a scientist. Not just any old scientist. This scientist worked for NASA. He wanted to do an experiment to see how snails moved in space.
Within a month, during which time Turner hadnt done very much (as usual), he was blasted off into space.
In space, you feel as light as a feather and you can just float around easily. The other snails in the experiment were having a whale of a time. Normally they could only travel around slowly, but now, with just one swish of their tails, they could zip around like flashes. Turner however, was still happy to languidly sit around. He didnt move to look out the window to see Earth. He didnt move to see the stars…….
Even when an astronaut was walking towards him, he didnt move. Even when he was really, really close…. he wasnt bothered. Then……… CRUNCH! Turner wasnt going to move again. Later, while an a moon walk, the astronaut scrapped off the squidgey lump from his boot and threw it away into space.
Today, Turner can be seen by all the snails on Earth as a warning. They may not move quickly, but they know not to be as lazy as Turner the Languid Snail.